Slowburn by Martin Pevsner
Slowburn is the author's first novel, a coming-of-age story that follows sixteen-year old Jonus over a dramatic ten-day period. Jonus' life is turned upside down with the arrival of his elder brother, Kristian, the black sheep of the family, who brings with him a dangerous secret. Meanwhile, Jonus has to cope with his younger brother Davie's weakening health and the pressures brought on him by his relationships with his girlfriend Jayne and best friend Walt, and by the attempts of the local gang, The Hiiippos, to recruit him and his friends. The story's central themes are the different kinds of love and friendship we encounter, the pressures we face in dealing with the emotions they generate, and the turmoil of adolescence.