Title: Stunt Double
Author: Tamsin Cooke
Series: Stunt Double #1
Genre: Middle Grade Adventure
Age Range: 9+
Finn is a free-running black belt, with a talent for acting-but when his big break arrives, it’s not the role he was expecting at all.
Recruited as a stunt double, he’s pushed to his limits-scaling walls at high speed, jumping from dizzying heights, and diving into rocky waters-all without any safety gear. He’s determined to push himself, but as the stunts get more dangerous, the lines between movie and reality are really starting to blur, and it becomes clear that he’ll be luckily to escape this shoot with his life.
Source: ARC from Oxford University Press via Amazon Vine
This was a great start to this new series: fast, fun, glamorous and gripping. Our hero Finn is fairly normal, in that he’s not super brainy or particularly popular, but he is athletic and a real daredevil. Admittedly, some of the stunts he does because he wants to keep his job, but he’s brave and daring when he needs to be.
There’s a good mix of other characters too, from the hugely famous Blake Saunders – Finn’s worst enemy – to Anna and Mawi, the two teen girls who are far more than just their good looks. We also have Finn’s pushy and very proud mum, the strange and scary director and a mix of crew members, many of whom are acting very suspiciously indeed.
Because behind all the glamour and alongside the action, there’s a deeper mystery at work. One which takes Finn into the jungle of Papua New Guinea and far from his comfortable world.
If you’ve read the Scarlett Files, you’ll know a bit about what to expect, but I liked this even more because I found Finn less annoying (and arrogant) than Scarlett. If you’ve not read those books, but you like exciting, adventurous, mysterious reads – and are interested in seeing what stunt doubles actually do in a film – then you should enjoy this. I can’t wait to read the next one, especially after reading the sneak peak at the end! The only downside is having to wait so long…
Stunt Double is Out Now!
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