Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Publishers’ blurb

1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle. Fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake. His sister, Anna, and step-mother, Nadya, have gone to the local town for help. Then comes a knock at the door.

It’s a man, the flash of a revolver’s butt at his hip, and a mean glare in his eyes. Sig has never seen him before but Wolff claims to have unfinished business with his father.

As Sig gradually learns the awful truth about Wolff’s connection to his father, his thoughts are drawn to a certain box hidden on a shelf in the storeroom, in which lies his father’s prized possession – a revolver. When Anna returns alone, and Wolff begins to close in, Sig’s choice is pulled into sharp focus.

Should he use the gun, or not?

Further information

Marcus Sedgwick’s website

Marcus Sedgwick page at Lovereading4kids

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3 comments on “Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

  1. I loved this book. The description of setting was so detailed I actually felt cold reading it. The novel has an interesting plot and a terrifying villain – just what you need from a thriller.

  2. When I started this book, I had planned to write something like, “I expected more from this book” and “It was a big let-down.” However, the first half doesn’t compare to its successor. The beginning was slow, boring and frankly quite uneventful, but the end was just amazing. It was amazingly written – I didn’t expect it to end the way it did; it’s so unusual, but I thought it was a really, really good effect. I now hope to see it on the shortlist, and re-read the start to see if it’s any better the second time around.

  3. I think that Revolver is a good but confusing book because it changes from present to past a lot and you lose track of where you are. It describes the scene quite well and the characters are well explained so you know who they are straight away. It is about a man who finds his father frozen to death beside a frozen lake, and he doesn’t know what to do with the corpse then his step mother and sister go looking for help and they take a lot of time, he worries about them and then a strange man appears from nowhere. Sig doesn’t know who he is even though the man appears to know who his father Einar is. What will Sig do next? The book gets really interesting because you start finding out how the man knows his father. Overall it is a brilliant book and I really enjoyed reading it.

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