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Sneaker Wave

by (author) Jeff Beamish

Oolichan Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
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Four mismatched teens. One act of violence. One nod by each of them to agree it never happened. This raucous yet poignant story of friendship, loss and long-denied regret springs to life in the dying days of high school in a seaside Pacific Northwest town. A popular resident is critically injured while confronting seventeen-year-old Brady Joseph and three friends who have broken into an abandoned house to party. Luke, a seething runaway, is suspected of attacking the man, while Sam, a gentle, imperiling opportunist, and Sarah, Brady's wildly irrepressible girlfriend, are accused of helping Brady cover up the crime. The teens? code of silence keeps them out of jail, yet for Brady their duplicity is not so easily accepted, especially as their lives and those of others begin unraveling in a dizzying plunge, leaving him with two choices, each one tragic. This is a story about teens doggedly pursued into adulthood by suspicion that lingers long after the media moves on to the next crime du jour. It's a haunting journey into the gaps between right and wrong, between harmless half-truths and disastrous self-deception.

About the author

Jeff Beamish works as newspaper editor and reporter in Metro Vancouver, where he lives with his family. He has been fortunate to find inspiration in the strange and moving stories that present themselves each day in the newsroom, as well as in the stunningly beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Sneaker Wave is his first novel.

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User Reviews


I've been waiting for this book to come out for awhile, and it didn't let me down! The story always kept me anticipating what was going to happen next. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen there was a new twist that shattered the character's world. I fell in love with many characters in the book especially Brady. I felt like I was in the book experiencing life with him!
It was truly a great read, great work Jeff!!

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