Sixteen-year-old Lucas Swain becomes intrigued by the urn of ashes left in a cab office. Convinced that its occupant -- Violet Park -- is communicating with him, he contrives to gain possession of the urn, little realising that his quest will take him on a voyage of self-discovery and identity, forcing him to finally confront what happened to his absent (and possibly dead) father.
Finding Violet Park (or Me, the Missing, and the Dead in the US) is a lovely book. It's short, funny, brilliantly written and has a very cool graffiti-style cover.
Although it is only two hundred pages long, this gives you plenty of time to identify with the main character, Lucas Swain, and to care about him and his family problems.
I don't want to spoil anything, so all I'll say about the twist ending is that I didn't expect it, and that I was pleasantly surprised at Violet Park's role in Lucas's life.
This is a fantastic debut novel, and I look forward to reading more from Jenny Valentine. (Note: her second book, Broken Soup, sounds just as intriguing!)