Gillian Philip

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The Opposite of Amber


Ruby and Jinn are sisters and the best of friends, the closest of allies, till no-good Nathan Baird turns up. Ruby is frantic with worry as Jinn begins to change beyond recognition, but she takes little notice of the murders that happen locally. A serial killer is not as frightening as the slow loss of her sister…

Reviews of The Opposite of Amber

‘a powerful and absorbing novel’

– ReadPlus

‘I read ‘The Opposite of Amber’ in about 24 hours – at one point I was actually trying to cook a meal and read at the same time (not a good idea, FYI)… For older teens, I can’t recommend this brilliant, brilliant book highly enough.’

– Chicklish

‘The Opposite of Amber is a very very different book to Gillian Philip’s last, Firebrand, but an equally compelling page-turner. “Coming of age novel” is a somewhat over-used phrase but I find it difficult to describe this any other way… Compelling, frightening, occasionally funny, a book to remember long after the last page.’

– Our Book Reviews Online

‘A gritty, contemporary young adult novel for those who are already reading Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess and Helen Grant… Philip is an intelligent writer making intelligent demands of her reader, crossing genres with confidence. Her heroine, Ruby, is a character one wants to know, her situation familiar territory – but then there is the added menace of the crime novel bringing an extra edge to the whole.’

– Books For Keeps

‘It reminded me of a roller coaster where you are almost lulled into a false sense of security when the coach trundles along leisurely then dives at top speed making your stomach leap. My heart was actually racing when I finished the book, with a few scenes I never saw coming.’

– My Little Notepad

‘The whole book has a sense of tension in it, a sense of dread. It keeps you on your toes and keeps you reading and the first person reflective voice of the novel hints of worse to come… the book is lightened both by flashbacks and the incorrigible Mallory.’

– A Thousand Words