A fast-paced teenage story about murder, personal choices, and surfing.
Lisa Walker is an Australian author who has written novels for both adults and young adults. The Girl with the Gold Bikini was her sixth novel and Trouble is My Business is the continuing story of Olivia Grace. Walker lives on the north coast of New South Wales and uses her knowledge of the area and her passion for surfing in her novels. She has also worked in environmental communication and as a wilderness guide. Her love of the environment is central to this new story.
In Trouble is My Business, we once again meet 18-year-old Olivia Grace. She has parted ways with Rosco, an old friend who runs a detective
Throughout the story, Olivia finds herself continually torn between her priorities and finds herself struggling at uni as she decides what it is she really wants to do with her life. Travelling to Byron Bay for the weekend, she meets all sorts of people who seem to be hiding something and she must work out who is telling the truth as time runs out.
Walker has once again written a story perfect for the older teenager who loves a good mystery, especially those who are already fans of Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars, and Sherlock Holmes. There are lots of Sherlock Holmes references throughout the story.
Walker has not repeated themes from her previous novel and it is refreshingly new for those who were fans of The Girl with the Gold Bikini. We still meet the same quirky characters but Walker does not dwell on the past. Rather, her characters have grown and changed. The broad theme of the book is finding your true path in the world and the inevitable personal choices we all have to make.
Written in the first person, Trouble is My Business is not a teenage novel full of violence and sex. Too many teenage novels assume that all teenagers are ready for these more adult themes. It is refreshingly naïve and we see Olivia struggling with infatuation vs love. Olivia is down to earth and struggling with her inner voices.
A very minor problem with the book is when the author refers to lemon juice revealing a secret message. “My spy set had been my
However, 250 pages, this novel is an easy read, doesn’t keep repeating information
Reviewed by Sue Mauger
Distributed by: Wakefield Press
Released: 1 August 2021