I read a book some years ago (mid-2000s) which I'd like to find again.

The main character is a (probably teenage) girl who's recently moved with her parents to live on an island (?), or at least a remote region. I seem to remember their move was due to her mother cheating on her father, but this wasn't a big plot point. There were a few chapters consisting of chatroom conversations between her and a friend, in which a mysterious stranger appeared who was visible only to her. His name first appeared as "V", but later changed to "E" after she worked out that his name was Epsilon.

Strange things began to happen on the island, with this girl somehow involved. At one point she went to an abandoned house expecting to find something very significant, and ended up finding ... an old bucket. There were also references to "the Lemon Squire", some sort of secret traditional title; in the end this person turned out to be the local medic. I believe there was a character named Yolanda, but for the life of me I can't remember who she was (definitely not the main character).

Towards the end of the book there's a scene where the main character's loyalties are severely challenged: she has to choose between Epsilon and Yolanda (I think) and isn't sure which side is the "good guys". Eventually she makes the right choice and sides with Epsilon.

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This is The Riddles of Epsilon (2005) by Christine Morton-Shaw. It was published by Harper Collins.

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The main character is Jess, who is moved to the island of Lume by her parents.

As you say, Epsilon first appears in a chatroom as "V". Also, Jess finds an abandoned bucket in the novel. It has the name "EPSILON" scratched into its base.

  • Thank you sir! This is it, although the edition I read had a very different cover (black with flying swans ... and now I remember that Coscoroba swans played a role in the book - it's all coming back to me now). You might like to add a link to Wikipedia, since it has more description than the Google Books link :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Feb 13, 2016 at 1:55
  • @randal'thor : My pleasure! I updated the link, too. :-)
    – Praxis
    Feb 13, 2016 at 1:57
  • @randal'thor : I swapped the cover, too. ;-)
    – Praxis
    Feb 13, 2016 at 2:00
  • Oh, lovely! Now I recognise it instantly :-D Hope this answer gets more upvotes!
    – Rand al'Thor
    Feb 13, 2016 at 2:02
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    @randal'thor It's all coming back to me now?
    – user31178
    Feb 13, 2016 at 2:44

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