Acquired via BookCrossing 02 Jan 2010 – bookring

Wow. This was *heartrending* but, of course, being by Rai, utterly brilliant and unputdownable. We meet the Crew again but life is very different now, with Jas bonding with his scary cousins, Ellie being bullied and Della and Billy not really around to protect her. When the police start arresting drug dealers, the Crew and the wonderful rasta Nanny start to realise there’s a whispering campaign against them. Meanwhile, Jas is hearing a whisper of his own and it’s starting to ruin his life too.

This is uncompromising and quite upsetting. I certainly wouldn’t look into messing around with drugs if I was an impressionable reader in the age group it’s meant for. Having read the first book, I was already quite emotionally involved with the characters. There is some light relief in the friendships between the characters, but it is darker than the previous book and with some shocks. I had to read something else between finishing this and going to bed…