Posted by: Natalie Hatch | July 13, 2010

Five Parts Dead by Tim Pegler

This unobtrusive little book was sitting on my TBR pile, probably trying to chat up the new Gallagher Girls book when I picked it up last Wednesday. Tim Pegler has a marvelous way of weaving plot points into his story, you sort of know what’s coming but then you don’t. The book centres around a guy who’s survived a horrible car accident that claimed three of his best mates. He has to live with the knowledge that everyone around him blames him for it. So his parents take him away for the summer to a secluded island to recover. The story starts there, and includes ghosts, mystery and first love. If I keep blabbing the way I want to I’ll give out too many spoilers. Tim’s great at getting into the teen guy headspace and sharing a tale that really could happen to a lot of teens out there, underage drinking, driving under the influence, the consequences, etc. Well worth the read.

Here’s the blurb:

What do you do when you’ve just lost three of your best mates?
Who do you turn to when your life is suddenly bound to a wheelchair?

Dan has dodged the Reaper again. If he were a cat, five of his nine lives would be gone—when his mates didn’t even get second chances. He’s still grieving their deaths when he’s dragged on a family holiday at a remote island lighthouse.

Left alone, at what feels like the end of the earth, Dan starts sensing a mysterious girl. Is she a dream? Or has he somehow hooked into the spirit world?

The lighthouse logbook helps illuminate some of the girl’s tragic story but Dan will have to dig deeper to find answers and the inspiration to embrace life again.

Five Parts Dead is available 2nd August from Text Publishing.



  1. This book sounds really good. I’ve added it to my TBR list. I love the setting and the premise 🙂

  2. Naomi it’s worth the read. Not a long book but Tim sucks you into Dan’s world and you feel for him as the object of his old groups derision. The thing is so many teens could be in his situation (oh probably not the ghost thing) it’s startling.

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