Press & Accolades

Advance praise for Messenger 93

“Lyrical prose and magic realism flavour the haunting story of M, a lonely girl who is called upon to find and save her enemy. The ensuing journey goes disastrously awry when M falls for a boy in search of another missing girl. This brave novel by Barbara Radecki tackles bold subjects—missing girls, celebrity culture, white privilege and cultural appropriation—as it explores one girl’s pilgrimage of self-discovery.” 
– Diane Terrana, acclaimed author of THE WORLD ON EITHER SIDE

Messenger 93 is a driving story that twists and turns and entertains. Barbara Radecki has written a poignant book that asks hard questions about compassion and belonging.” 
– Ken Murray, award-winning author of EULOGY

“Radecki’s masterful turns of suspense and mystery send M, and the rest of us, on a thrill ride from downtown to the deep woods. It’s a can’t-put-down, must read adventure!”
– Thom Vernon, award-winning author of THE DRIFTS

Reviews for The Darkhouse

“From the first page, Gemma’s lonely interior world is drawn in rich detail, as is the island setting… The well-paced narrative builds from Gemma’s quiet longing to her bold quest for the truth to a shocking conclusion readers won’t see coming.”
Kirkus Starred Review, Read the full review

“…a showstopper… Radecki throws in gasp-worthy twists and takes the plot far beyond the boundaries of expectation.”
The Globe and Mail, Read the full review

“…a young adult thriller unlike any other… Radecki’s work developing Gemma’s character through the first person narration is masterfully done… a thrilling book that will take readers on a wild ride, forcing them to hold their breath until the very last page…. Highly Recommended.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Read the full review

One of “15 Great Recommendations for Young Readers” in 2016
– CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, featuring Michele Landsberg and Ken Setterington, Read more

“The novel is well paced, with a narrative just twisty enough to keep even seasoned readers guessing. Radecki, a screenwriter and actress, writes with a clear prose style and good insight into the often-contradictory nooks and crannies of Gemma’s troubled psyche.”
Quill & Quire, Read the full review

The Darkhouse is a complex gem—mystery, psychological thriller, love story, and drama—all wrapped up in a story that will shock you and make your heart race to the last page.”
– David Skuy, bestselling, award-winning author of Undergrounders and Rocket Blues

“The Darkhouse doesn’t just hold you, it grips you tightly by the throat as it pulls you through a story that bewitches, thrills, shocks and tantalizes you.”
– Colin Mochrie, actor and author of Not Quite the Classics