Seventeen-year-old Aaron Rowe is troubled. He lives in the caravan park with the forgetful Mam and a host of scruffy fringe dwellers. Aaron’s world is full of unspoken words and secrets, some of which he’s been trying to forget since his memories began.
Aaron has scored a job – a traineeship with John Barton and Associates, funeral directors. With a haircut and a new suit, Aaron senses that the world is changing. The dead feel somehow familiar. Comforting. John Barton thinks his new apprentice is a natural.
But Mam’s losing her mind and Aaron’s nightmares are back. They maul him every time he closes his eyes, and when he wakes he’s in another part of town, confused and frightened. The dead have become cool-skinned strangers, teasing and beckoning to him.
If Aaron is to survive, he’ll need to find his voice and the words to hold the hell he’s endured. The dead are calling.
‘I have never read a book more gripping, nor more triumphantly alive.’ John Marsden, author of the Tomorrow .. series.