For some of you overseas, you might think that nothing could be more New Zealand-ish than being an extra in on the Lord of The Rings, knowing Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords, having a cousin in the All Blacks, or living on a sheep farm. Well, I don't know how she fares on the first three, but according to her bio West ticks the last box. The experienced writer lives on a sheep farm in Otago, with her family. She's written plays for adults and children, and her first teen novel, THIEVES, received a lot of acclaim after its release in 2006, becoming a finalist in the NZ Post Book Award for Children and Young Adults.
Her latest young adult novel, NIGHT VISION, is a bit of a thriller, centred on a young girl with a rare condition that makes her dangerously susceptible to sunlight. Here's the blurb:
Viola was born with a genetic condition that makes sunlight deadly. In the dark of night, when most teenagers are tucked up in bed, Viola has the run of her parents' farm and the surrounding forest. She is used to seeing hidden things through her night-vision goggles, but one night she sees something that could get her into a whole lot of trouble...
Viola has always believed she would be dead before she was twenty, but now she must decide just how far she's willing to go to help her parents keep their beloved farm. Is it okay to steal from a thief? What if the thief might be a killer? And what if the killer threatens to come after her and her family?
A heart-thumping thriller that will leave you breathless.
I haven't yet reviewed NIGHT VISION myself (I intend to - it was an enjoyable read), however today it was featured on Radio New Zealand, so I thought I'd share their review with y'all here. You can listen to that review below: