Review: Chasing The Taillights by Kate Larkindale.


Lucy and Tony share nothing except genes. Tony’s the champion diver destined for greatness. Lucy’s biggest concern is getting Cute Guy from the burger joint to ask her out.

After an accident kills their parents, the siblings are forced to rely on one another—and decide whether to reveal their secrets.

Lucy can’t tell Tony what she knows about the accident for fear of destroying the tentative bond between them. If she doesn’t confess, she might lose her mind. If she does, she might lose the only person she has left who loves her.

Tony has problems too. Between diving practice, classes and concealing the crush he has on his best friend Jake, Tony needs to find room in his life for his sister, but his own stability dwindles with every passing day.

As the siblings struggle to overcome a lifetime of past conflicts and jealousies, they discover they might have more in common than a love of rock music. 


Chasing the Taillights is a story of emotional turmoil, grief, and regret. A story based on tragedy, family, and how ties can be strained, broken, and reformed. 

I read this book in just over a day I had to keep going with it, the excellent pacing, suspense, and intrigue grips you from the start and you just want to know more, to understand what, where, when, how?

The characters of Lucy and Tony were realistic and easy to empathise with. Their interactions were understandable, thrown together by a tragic event after not being interested in each other’s lives, they were siblings, they got along, but never close. This makes for a strained relationship initially but they come to realise how much they love and need each other which is really heartwarming.

With Lucy, I felt the mental health side of the story was portrayed well and showed how grief, tragedy, and trauma can affect someone, especially so young and confused. Acting on impulse she makes some poor decisions and then later with the effects of alcohol puts herself in a dangerous situation.

Tony has to go from living a relatively carefree life at college to losing his parents, dealing with his own grief, and then suddenly having responsibility for his younger sister, which isn’t easy. I enjoyed the side-story of Tony and Jake, their friendship and relationship, whilst still complicated it brought a little light relief and a glimmer of hope for Tony.

An emotional, sorrowful, but addictive read.

Thank you to the author Kate Larkindale for sending me a copy of the ebook, I am so glad you did! 

Author Bio

Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale settled in Wellington, New Zealand. A marketing executive, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much. As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine.

She is the author of contemporary YA novels The Sidewalk’s Regrets, An Unstill Life, Chasing the Taillights and Stumped along with several others that no one is allowed to see. She has also written one very bad historical romance, which will likely never see the light of day. She is working on several more YA novels that may or may not ever be finished…

Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket, Kissed anthology, Just Me anthology and Residential Aliens, among others. 


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