No Number Nine by F J Campbell

Published by Troubador

The Blurb

What do you do when your amazing, beautiful, beloved sister dies? Hide in your room for two years. Sleep with a very, very wrong man. Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love?

Pip Mitchell’s an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she’s going to have to decide whose side she’s on – or she’ll lose everyone she loves.

No Number Nine is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old girl who has put her life on hold for two years after the death of her sister. Pip leaves her home in England and tries to move forward with her life, taking a job in Germany as an au pair to the von Feldsteins, a family which is full of surprises – and not good ones.

Set in Munich, the story follows Pip for a year as she crashes from one embarrassing, awkward mistake to the next. Finally, as she starts to emerge from her fog of grief, she travels with the von Feldsteins to Sydney where, amid the drama of the 2000 Olympic Games, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Can Pip protect herself and the people she loves? Does she have the courage to tell the truth, even if it destroys her?

My Thoughts

Pip Mitchell is eighteen years old who has left her home in England and headed to Munich, Germany where she has become the au pair to the two younger children of the von Feldstein family. She is also coming to terms with the fact that her sister Holly was killed after being struck on the head by a hockey ball whilst playing for Great Britain just two years earlier. Pip is wanting to move forward with her life but she is carrying a lot of emotional baggage with her, not least the fact she slept with a guy she really should not have.

The von Feldstein’s elder sons play hockey for Germany and are heading to the Sydney Olympic Games where Pip’s past and present threaten to collide exposing her and all her secrets she has tried so hard to keep under wraps. This is a great coming of age story played out with the biggest sporting event in the world as the backdrop and all the competitiveness and ambition that elite sport brings with it.

It is a compelling emotional read that grips you from the first page, it takes you on a journey through Pip’s thoughts and feelings, her secret and her lies to the Olympics and is a great read whilst we enjoy the Tokyo Games!

Many thanks to Helen Lewis at Literally PR for my copy in exchange for this review. If you would like to read more about No Number Nine then please do check out the rest of the blog tour.