Running Through Still Waters

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
He makes me share his secret. I’m going to kill him. I can, ‘cos I’ve done it before. Only that time, I didn’t mean to.

Sam Morgan is a typical eleven year old, until his mother Jennifer’s breakdown. His world changes when she comes out of hospital and he is confronted by a stranger. That’s when she starts drinking, when the shouting turns to slaps. That’s when she meets Billy, the latest stepfather, a man with a hidden agenda Sam is forced to share as the alcohol fuelled arguing between them intensifies.

At the age of thirteen, along with his younger sister, Megan, Sam is moved across the city to start a new life without Billy.

Sam discovers a new friend in Michael, the man across the street, and a place to escape his mother’s drunken moods, but the secret he shared comes back to haunt him. Through his own actions, a tragic accident shakes Sam to the core, leaving him guilt ridden and more isolated than before.

Learning the truth about his mother’s past and confused over his sexuality, life no longer makes sense. Sam begins to come apart, sending him on a journey in search of the ‘real’ father who left him behind. His journey leads him to Ben, a troubled teen with his own story to tell, and a dark impermissible place Sam has already tasted.

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