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A Kirkus Best Teen Book, 2015
Avicenna Crowe’s mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing.
The police are called, but they’re not asking the right questions. Like why Joanne lied about her past, and what she saw in her stars that made her so afraid.
But Avicenna has inherited her mother’s gift. Finding an unlikely ally in the brooding Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery. And when she uncovers a link between Joanne’s disappearance and a cold-case murder, Avicenna is led deep into the city’s dark and seedy underbelly, unaware how far she is placing her own life in danger.
Pulse-racing and terrifyingly real, The Astrologer’s Daughter is a stunning, original novel. It will test your belief in destiny and the endurance of love.
‘The Astrologer’s Daughter is compulsively readable. Avicenna is a captivating hero—tough yet vulnerable. This gritty and mysterious love story will stay with me for a long time.’
‘Smart and original—a beautifully-written mash-up of mystery, thriller and love story.’
‘A perfect balance of wit, humour, willpower and raw emotion.’
‘[The Astrologer’s Daughter] is not quite like any other YA novel I have read, a fabulous mash-up of genres…refreshingly different—complex and curious and a bit not-of-this-world.’
‘The Astrologer’s Daughter is a novel where mysterious elements and fascinating protagonist with an astrologer mother come together to produce something unique…’
‘Set in Melbourne’s Chinatown, this is an enjoyable YA mystery from the popular author. Verdict: written in the stars.’
‘A compelling read, one that hooked me from the beginning, I was taken straight into the story and felt compelled to complete Avicenna’s story with her. Mesmerised by the way Rebecca Lim wrote the novel. I could not put the book down.’
‘The best aspect of this novel was Avicenna herself…a captivating combination of brazen and terrified.’
‘Lyrical writing and quirky characters, The Astrologer’s Daughter is one of the most moving a books I’ve read…It’s a beautiful story about identity, secrets and love…A uniquely magical and evocative book, one I recommend to everyone.’
‘[Lim’s] taut, assured thriller weaves together astrology and mythology, poetry and poverty…Teen and adult readers who like their mysteries gritty and literary, with a touch of magic: seek this one out.’
‘A complex and engrossing amalgam of suspense, relationships, and hope found and lost. Lim’s narrative is seamless, and readers will eagerly and quickly sympathise with the characters, while the fascinating glimpse into the world of astrology and charting adds another layer of interest.’
‘This is a taut, expertly crafted thriller, but it is also a devastating examination of grief, both the initial, acute pain of loss and the well-worn paths of years of sorrow…A haunting read that will likely leave readers searching the stars for their own fates.’
‘Lim (The Astrologer’s Daughter) delivers satisfying action and romance throughout, continually raising the stakes on the way toward a chilling, violent ending.’