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Seventeen-year-old Luke's older sister, Pat, has always been his moral compass, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a decision to make. So when Pat disappears on a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the authorities claim she's drowned - despite the fact that they can't produce a body - Luke heads to Honduras to find her because he knows something the autSeventeen-year-old Luke's older sister, Pat, has always been his moral compass, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a decision to make. So when Pat disappears on a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the authorities claim she's drowned - despite the fact that they can't produce a body - Luke heads to Honduras to find her because he knows something the authorities don't. From the moment of her disappearance, Pat's voice has become real, guiding him to Utila, where she had accepted a summer internship to study whale sharks. Once there, he meets several characters who describe his sister as a very different girl from the one knows. Does someone have a motive for wanting her dead? Determined to get to the bottom of Pat's disappearance, Luke risks everything, including his own life, to find the answer....

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ISBN : 9781770495654
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Voice Inside My Head Reviews

  • Jayden Stygar
    2018-12-11 03:57

    The book The Voice Inside My Head by S. J.Laidlaw is mystery, also it is not part of a series. The book is about a boy named Luke, he is seventeen years old. He always listened to Pat his elder sister. Then Pat goes missing on a island off the coast of Honduras. He started to hear Pat’s voice in his head. Her voice leads to Utila where she went to a summer internship to study whale sharks. Her voice makes look think that they have not got the story right. what will happen next? I gave this book a 10 out of 10 because I love mystery books, it also put me in there shoes, so I know how it felt. That's why I gave this book a 10 out of 10. If you like mystery books, then you will also like the book The Voice Inside My Head.

  • TheMythBookshelf
    2018-12-02 00:08

    S.J.Laidlaw sweeps us off our feet with a read so satisfying that even those who do not actively read young adult fiction (like myself) can't complain. Set in Utila, a small, actual island off the coast of Honduras, it follows the adventure of seventeen-year old Luke as he promises his parents to find his older sister Patrica, or at least obtain closure concerning her disappearance when summer interning there. Luke's continuous rejection of the official police reports leads him to the island where both he and the reader come across more than a handful of head-scratching possibilities as to what could have happened. Filled with humanity, adventure and adolescent energy, The Voice inside My Head makes for a superbly entertaining read, doubling as an inexpensive vacation with its tropical, laid-back setting where the forests are as lush as the waters are blue. There is no shortage in characters within the pages of this book, though each is distinct and memorable in their own right, adding nothing but color to the plot-line. Though I have not read her other works, I am in no doubt that Laidlaw has established a name for herself not just within the realm of Canadian literature, but also within the field of fiction. She has accurately captured the perspective and thought process of a boy in his teenage years, particularly through the intimate and creative conversation that is maintained between Luke and the voice in his head—his sister Patricia. Plot twists pepper this novel, and I foresaw none of them, although I don't typically read young adult fiction so I could be untrained. Sibling bonds take center stage in this novel where adventure, love, and mystery collide, offering us a quick-paced and engrossing read. If you want to read more of my reviews, check out my book blog♡

  • Librarysteph
    2018-12-11 02:53

    S.J. Laidlaw’s The Voice Inside My Head is a mystery that’s packed full of emotions. The novel has adventure, comedy, and a deep sadness.Luke’s quest to find his missing sister results in him getting to know her better than ever. He sees what she would have been like if she wasn’t burdened with all the responsibilities of caring for him and his parents. His love for her, and unwillingness to give up on finding what happened to her drives the reader to NEED to know too. You can’t put the book down without knowing.Pat is the absent character, who we get to know without truly meeting. Everyone and everything in the novel is framed by their relation to her. She is adored by some, and despised by others, but everyone feels passionately about her disappearanceFor a book primarily about the loss of a loved one, with a heavy focus on alcoholism, The Voice Inside My Head is a light, enjoyable read. The characters speak in diction that allows you to hear them as individuals. There are quirky, funny people making their way through this serious story.Luke has internal dialogue with Pat that could cause some debate for readers. Is it his subconscious feeling guilty about the way things were between them? Is it her spirit speaking to him? There’s no definite answer but we learn a lot about their relationship either way.Family dynamics are contrasted on numerous occasions. Luke’s dysfunctional family makes Jamie’s look wonderful, but then Luke is grateful that he has more than Zach.I look forward to discussing the characters and the issues they face in my book club this summer. This book has been selected as an honour book for the CLA Young Adult Book Award.

  • Jennie Machines
    2018-11-24 05:57

    This book was also a random pick from the shelf. I usually don't go for mysteries, but something about this cover and the starfish on the side made me decide to pick it up.It is the story of how Luke travels to a small island to find his sister who went missing from her dream "Save the Sea Creatures" internship. Between his drug and alcohol tirades, he tries to dig up the clues to find Pat or "Tricia" as her new friends call her. This was a good mystery that kept me wondering what new insight was going to be turned up in the locating of Pat. While this book was nothing totally different from a high schoolish horror movie; it was a quick, fun read.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-04 01:56

    A compelling read! I wasn't able to put it down! This story follows Luke, a very relatable character, on his quest to discover the truth of his sister's disappearance while working at a marine station on a Caribbean island. S.J. Laidlaw has an unerring ability to project herself into the adolescent mindset while spinning a compelling mystery story. As Luke attempts to resolve the mystery of his sister's disappearance, he is inexorably drawn into an atmosphere of obsession and eventual revelation that will change his life forever.

  • Erin Furness-wilkins
    2018-12-13 06:06

    I really enjoyed this book - in fact - I had a hard time putting it down! The writing was great - very descriptive - I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. Teen fiction but who cares - this adult loved it!

  • Lydia
    2018-12-09 23:48

    The book “The Voice Inside My Head”, by S.J. Laidlaw is an intriguing mystery about a young girl, Pat’s, disappearance. The story takes place on a small island off the coast of Honduras. When Luke hears the news of his sister’s disappearance and the peculiar facts connected to it, he decides to investigate it on his own. The police on the island have too few resources and time to investigate the case fully. The people he meets there are all so helpful, but can he really trust them? The author, S.J. Laidlaw, leads you through the story never letting you be sure of where Pat is or what happened to her. She pulls you into the adventure and hardships of everyone surrounding Pat’s disappearance. It is a quick read but it keeps you interested throughout the whole book. The author keeps you on your toes with clues surrounding the disappearance. I loved the detail and the ideas surrounding what life is like as a teenager and how life can change in such a short time. This book really draws you in and allows you to feel the emotions of everyone connected to Pat. This is the kind of book that leaves you feeling empty once you finish it. If you are looking for a quick, and interesting mystery with many connections to the life as a teenager, this is the book for you.

  • Megan Ogden
    2018-12-07 23:07

    Another unexpected book choice for myself! I started this book last Spring but only made it about twenty pages in. I thought I would give it another whirl in order to show my students that it's okay to put down a book and try it again later! I do not tend to lean towards mystery-esque novels, but much to my surprise, I dove straight into this one and plowed through it. Luke, who is the main character of The Voice Inside My Head, buys a ticket to Honduras to search for his missing sister. Pat has just spent her summer swimming with whales on a little island with other college-aged students, but before she can complete her excursion she is reported missing. Officials insist Pat drowned on a stormy night, but Luke has an eerie feeling that this is not the whole story. As he investigates her mysterious disappearance, he finds that certain things do not add up. Pat now goes by the name of 'Tricia.' His model sister has become the party girl. And, Jaime (an island local) reveals that Tricia is his fiance. Luke tries to make sense of all this baffling information with the help of his new found friend Zach. They trek through the jungle, investigate scandals, and befriend a few unlikely individuals. On this trip, through all the mishaps, Luke learns more about his sister than he ever knew from their life at home. This novel is all about the plot and, yes, it is a page-turner. With island life, party scenes, whale diving, crooked cops, voodoo, and more, the adventure aspect is hard to miss. If the adventure element doesn't grab your attention, then the mystery elements that tend to sneak up on you will certainly do the trick. There were structural moments that threw me off, though. I was not sold on the spiritual conversations Luke had with Pat throughout the novel. Even though these sporadic sections spawned the title of the novel, they felt a little forced. They became these moments where I was forced to leave my adventure to reflect on Luke and Pat's home life - essential to the thematic undertones of the novel, I'm sure, but still forced. This is one I would definitely recommend to my 10th grade students. Students who like other YA mystery novels such as Buzzkill by Beth Fantaskey would definitely enjoy The Voice Inside My Head. Also, the quirky but lovable male protagonist in this novel reminds me a bit of Pudge from John Green's Looking for Alaska. So if you enjoy Luke's voice, you may want to check out Green's writing as well.

  • Shannon Sunderland
    2018-12-03 00:16

    I read The Voices Inside My Head by S.J Laidlaw because it looked like a very catchy book due to the amazing cover with the crying girl, creating a huge body of water, and the blurb mentioning that it was a brother looking for his missing sister, immediately made me want to know what had happened. I love books with mystery, sadness, and romance. This book was a great read because it was very suspenseful; it made me not want to put it down because something exciting was constantly happening. Although, the ending, in my opinion, was terrible. It was everything that I had predicted it would be. I thought the red-herrings were going to lead the book into a completely different direction, but to my surprise the “red-herrings” were just clues. There was no exciting twist to the end, it was a huge disappointment. Luke’s investigation to find his sister, Patricia, really kept me wondering though. He was always learning something new about her and her disappearance. Not only was finding her a mystery but she was a mystery herself. “I sit up straight and stare at him. We have to be talking about different girls. My sister doesn’t drink. She’s the poster child for responsible living: no alcohol, no drugs, no sex” (9). The girl Luke knew was a completely different girl than her friends and acquaintances knew. In addition, the deep emotions that he was feeling, and the intertwined love stories, really drew me in. The Voices Inside My Head exposed the extreme lengths people go to due to love and jealousy. If you like a mystery with romance, suspense, and sadness, the I would highly recommend this book.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-18 04:13

    Seventeen-year-old Luke has come to Utila, a small island off the coast of Honduras to find his missing older sister Pat. He is sure that she is not dead, and her voice guides him as he tries to work out her whereabouts. This is not unexpected since the two siblings were quite close and protected each other from their mother's alcoholism and their father's inability to cope with much other than his wife's problems. Once on the island, though, Luke encounters some of his sister's strange co-workers at the marine center as well as some of the locals with whom she spent time. As the story twists and turns, Luke starts to wonder if he ever really knew his sister since the woman the others describe isn't the one he knew. While he called her Pat, she seems to have become Tricia on the island. The ending will probably surprise readers, especially with the depth of emotion that one woman somehow generated. I particularly enjoyed reading the passages in which Luke struggled with his own fears of the water and what might lie beneath it and his concerns about the ferocity of whale sharks. Additionally, the dialogue between Luke and Pat in his head, which often ended with no response to tough questions, added complexity to the story, which, in the end, is all about finding oneself and not making assumptions about others. The writing shows confidence and affection for the flawed characters, most of whom are painted with a soft brush. These are individuals with which most readers would want to spend time.

  • Mercedes Shepherd
    2018-11-26 04:09

    This book was pretty touching, especially how everything resolved in the end. The sibling relationship between Luke and Pat was interesting and how they could talk to each other and how it was added into the book was a neat addition. Things could've been resolved faster if Pat just told Luke everything that happened instead of him chasing the mystery in confusion, maybe he wouldn't have spent all the time in the swamp and with the "crazy lady." That seemed like a flaw, but I guess the point is that you never really know someone even if you think you do, and Pat probably wanted Luke to discover that for himself.The character development was okay. The introduction to each character who knew Pat felt like it could've been done better. The writing was well done, the mystery unfolded itself in a unique way that I couldn't have suspected what happened, but I didn't feel super attached to the characters. That might just be me anyhow.

  • Ariel Caldwell
    2018-12-03 05:46

    I picked this one up because one of my colleagues argued that it should be on our Top Picks for Teens list. I agree with the jacket copy: "a unique mystery with a shocking and unexpected conclusion." Okay, that's a bit dramatic, but so's the book. I liked it that our hero goes on a quest to find his missing sister, despite the 'rents having already tried, and that he meets the quirky characters that made up his sister's life before she went missing. I love it that she's a voice in his head, a character in her own right - siblings are like that. I read it fast, recommended it to a room of teens the next day, and it got picked up right away.

  • Lo
    2018-11-15 22:52

    This was an interesting read, a quick little teen murder mystery. I wasn't sure if it was going to take me in the direction of voodoo and magic or just stay in the real world. The book reminded me a lot of The Boy Who Couldn't Diein the premise - teenage boy with little parental supervision travels to small island full of islanders possibly practicing magic and scuba divers, overcomes major fear, and grows as a person.

  • Minjee Kong
    2018-11-18 04:07

    Excited to read a Giveaway book, I dove right into S.J. Laidlaw's page turner "The Voice Inside My Head." This book keeps you on the edge of your seat as Luke heads to Utila to find his missing sister who he still believes to be alive. With the voice of his sister Patricia in his head, Luke goes on a search for his sister, coming to the realization that he and his sister had a lot more in common than he thought. "The Voice Inside My Head" is a great book for young adults who enjoy unexpected plot twists.

  • Marilyn
    2018-11-19 04:11

    17 year old Luke's older sister has disappeared off a small Honduran island so he decides to go there to investigate what really happened. The police have closed the case saying it's suicide by drowning but Luke knows that's not right, especially because Pat's voice keeps telling him differently. A pretty good mystery for teens although there's a lot of language, drug use, underage drinking and talk of sex.

  • Ruth
    2018-12-14 05:04

    “The Voice Inside My Head” wasn’t bad at all. It wasn’t overly outstanding or underwhelming, rather it was pretty average. The answer to the mystery wasn’t obvious, and left you guessing throughout the story. Luke’s conversations with Pat really made things interesting, and I enjoyed that part of the book.

  • Amy Mathers
    2018-12-05 00:08

    This is one of the books I used for fictional Young Carer profiles, and it's especially good because it's the story of not one but two Young Carers. You can read their profiles here:Luke:

  • Courtney
    2018-11-29 05:56

    While a bit predictable, this was still a really great read. I don't seem to find many YA that interest me from a male perspective, but this one was certainly an exception. Strongly written, very emotional - I enjoyed it and actually read the whole thing in one sitting.

  • Steve
    2018-12-13 06:12

    Join Luke as he investigates his sister's disappearance. Set on the Honduran island of Utila, S.J. Laidlaw's writing will make you feel like you have been transported to the island yourself.The Voice Inside My Head is a real page-turner, and a great example of YA fiction done right.

  • Rachel Seigel
    2018-11-26 02:03

    A really well-crafted mystery that had me wondering and guessing until the end. I really liked the voice of the MC & the way the story resolves. A bit too mature for elementary school, but an easy grade 9-10 read.

  • Maggie
    2018-11-30 00:06


  • Ena Weverink
    2018-11-29 05:59

    Maybe 2.5 stars. It's an okay book for teens but too many "yeah, right" moments.

  • Mar
    2018-11-30 03:05

    It is an okay teen book, but I don't highly recommend it. I found it plodding to get through. Brother goes looking for his missing sister... thinks there may be more to the story....

  • Karen Harrell
    2018-11-16 23:57

    A seventeen year old's perspective was a little different than my recent reads, but it had some good elements. The adventure was a little over the top, kinda Indiana Jones.

  • Siham
    2018-11-21 02:01

    Seemed intriguing at first, but fell flat at the end. Overall, was good though. 2.5 stars rounded off to three.

  • Christina Farley
    2018-12-17 04:50

    Another intriguing and fascinating book from Laidlaw. I love how she keeps me guessing all the way through the book while teaching me about new cultures and new perspectives.

  • Antara
    2018-12-08 06:04

    It was okayish. I didn't really connect with the characters, neither the sister nor the brother.

  • Jennifer Shanahan
    2018-12-04 00:06

    Very interesting story, a little different from what I am normally reading. Less romance, more intrigue. I really liked it because it was a change--interesting story and a surprise ending.