Tim Bowler has written an intriguing novel, River Boy. It is the story of 15 year old, Jess and her dying grandfather. Her grandfather refuses treatment for his heart problems and instead wants to accompany the family on a vacation. It is not easy for Jess, or her family, to have her grandfather along and watch him slowly die, but he is determined to finish a painting before he leaves this life. It is a sad story - strong with family - which I love!! It has an interesting twist though as Jess meets a boy at the river when she goes to swim - but as you read you wonder - is he really just a boy or could he be connected to her grandfather!?!? Captivating read - one worth enjoying!