Past the Shallows is the début novel from emerging writer Favel Parrett. It is the story of two young boys growing up in a small seaside fishing village on the wild Tasmanian coast.

Miles the elder of the two brothers is starting to learn the ropes in their fathers abalone diving business and Harry is tagging along behind under the ever watchful eye of Miles.The journey begins with Harry playing on the beach and searching for the elusive treasure of shark eggs while Miles surfs the frigid cold waters of the Tasmanian coast.

Stunning in its simplicity Past the Shallows uses the voices of Miles and Harry to draw you in to the story. Readers will fall in love with these two young boys. They are daring and adventurous and share a bond that only two brothers could ever fully comprehend. This is a story that grabs you from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go until the final page.

The gentle lilting flow of Past the Shallows is soothing and yet simultaneously chilling. Readers will be drawn into the world of Harry and Miles the way generations have fallen in love with characters like Scout in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Holden Caulfield in J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.

Favel Parrett has a rare ability to write in clean simple language filled with stunning imagery that seems to dance across your mind, all the while drawing you deeper in to the struggle and inner turmoil of her characters almost before you are aware that it is happening.

This book will leave readers breathless with anticipation, hanging on every word until its final blinding conclusion. Anyone who reads Past the Shallows will be changed by the experience. It is a stunning novel that will enchant, delight, horrify and confuse the senses.

A timeless tale of family bonds, love, despair, loss and the struggle to survive, Past the Shallows is a masterpiece of modern fiction and will stay with everyone who reads it. Fall in love with Harry and Miles and feel your heartstrings being pulled at every turn.

This a novel to devour in one sitting just to finish it and start to the first page and read it again. It will have a lot of readers wishing they could bundle Harry up and take him home for sandwiches and milo. And believing in the power of love to rise above anything that tries to get in its way.

Past the Shallows is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel from an author I hope we will be hearing from again very soon.