Shadow of the Mountain, by Anna Mackenzie (222 pages) ~
Geneva has climbed mountains before but almost a year ago her best friend Stephen fell and died. Since then life has been just a little different for her family, with her mother not getting up most days and not taking any interest in what is happening in her family. On an impulse Geneva decides to go for a climb at the local wall climbing venue and meets up with Simon, a real pain, and Angus, a bit of a nice guy really, and enjoys herself enough to agree to go on their weekend climb. She becomes hooked again and not only with the mountain climbing! Her aim is to climb Kaitiaki, the mountain she can see from her home but can she face her fears and scale the mountain where Stephen fell to his death?
Good NZ life adventure. Well worth the time.