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Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven't Killed Yet [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Bracha , Benjamin Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Review

"You don't get into this game if you have any appreciation for morality, believe me"



"Not your typical thriller by any stretch of the imagination" - Keith Nixon, author of 'The Fix'

What do you get if you cross a French sex addict hitman, a self righteous left wing blogger with a spam problem, a racist bar room regular and his penchant for porn, an American gangster with a lot of reflecting to do, a small time journalist who dreams of the big time, a weak-willed loner with a Victorian lion hunter alter-ego, a flamboyant PR guru and his devilish plans, a very recently unemployed call centre drone, an old man with a hell of a grudge, and A LOT, of dead bodies? You get this.

The naked corpse of a young man is discovered with his throat sliced open on a cool autumn morning in a park in Sheffield, northern England. By an elderly dog-walker, as usual. He is the first of a rapidly increasing number of seemingly random killings in the city, all in that same way. This leads to a frenzy of media and public speculation, where everybody is a suspect, and everybody has an opinion. Daisy is pointing the finger at the media, rookie journalist David is dreaming of future awards for his coverage of the whole thing, and Terry blames the Asians.

What's actually happening is a far more sinister affair which threatens to spiral out of control. Across the city Tom, call centre outlaw, cast out for his lack of respect for faceless voices, is drinking and snorting himself into a collision course with some very very bad people indeed, how it will end, well that depends on how much of an outlaw Tom's prepared to be.

Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven't Killed Yet is a funny, satirical, sexy, and very violent tale of poverty, addiction, the fickle finger of fame, love and questionable mental health.

Next time you'll maybe want to look that gift horse in the mouth.

What Readers Say...



"In your face and uncompromising..."

"A brilliant debut..."

"This is powerful writing..."

"If you like Brookmyre at his most violent you will love this..."

"Make sure you have some spare time as you won't be able to put it down..."

"Funny, brutal with twists and turns a plenty..."

"I will definitely read more by this author..."

"The use of gratuitous swearing actually offended my eyes..."

Product Description

"You don't get into this game if you have any appreciation for morality, believe me"




Some kind words by other authors...

"Not your typical thriller by any stretch of the imagination." - Keith Nixon, author of 'The Fix'

"His enthusiasm, insightful characterisation and understanding of what motivates flawed people drives his story forward with force and pulls you into his world. And what a world it is." - Mark Wilson, author of 'Bobby's Boy' and 'Naebody's Hero'

"Reading this book was like watching a flake of snow, slowly rolling down a hillside. Before you realize what is happening it bets bigger and bigger until it slams you in the chest. You are carried along by the weight and brilliance of it, gladly allowing it to carry you off into oblivion." - Craig Furchtenicht, author of 'Dimebag Bandits'

"Incredibly funny and bitter and in places sad. Bracha is a genuinely talented writer..." - Martin Stanley, author of 'The Gamblers' and 'The Hunters'

Here's the blurb...



What do you get if you cross a French sex addict hitman, a self righteous left wing blogger with a spam problem, a racist bar room regular and his penchant for porn, an American gangster with a lot of reflecting to do, a small time journalist who dreams of the big time, a weak-willed loner with a Victorian lion hunter alter-ego, a flamboyant PR guru and his devilish plans, a very recently unemployed call centre drone, an old man with a hell of a grudge, and A LOT, of dead bodies? You get this.

The naked corpse of a young man is discovered with his throat sliced open on a cool autumn morning in a park in Sheffield, northern England. By an elderly dog-walker, as usual. He is the first of a rapidly increasing number of seemingly random killings in the city, all in that same way. This leads to a frenzy of media and public speculation, where everybody is a suspect, and everybody has an opinion. Daisy is pointing the finger at the media, rookie journalist David is dreaming of future awards for his coverage of the whole thing, and Terry blames the Asians.

What's actually happening is a far more sinister affair which threatens to spiral out of control. Across the city Tom, call centre outlaw, cast out for his lack of respect for faceless voices, is drinking and snorting himself into a collision course with some very very bad people indeed, how it will end, well that depends on how much of an outlaw Tom's prepared to be.

Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven't Killed Yet is a funny, satirical, sexy, and very violent tale of poverty, addiction, the fickle finger of fame, love and questionable mental health.

Next time you'll maybe want to look that gift horse in the mouth.

What Readers Say...



"In your face and uncompromising..."

"A brilliant debut..."

"This is powerful writing..."

"If you like Brookmyre at his most violent you will love this..."

"Make sure you have some spare time as you won't be able to put it down..."

"Funny, brutal with twists and turns a plenty..."

"Comes together well though and there is some lovely dark humour throughout..."

"I will definitely read more by this author..."

"A bastard offspring of Jack White, Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk..."

"A must read. Bracha produces a riveting story with earthy believable characters..."

"Enough little twists and turns to make the plot original, and hold your interest..."

"This is a gory mixture of humour, comic book violence and acute observation. I don't think I can compare it to anything else and I mean that as a compliment..."

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very dark and intentionally disturbing..."
"The use of gratuitous swearing actually offended my eyes..."

"Am about half way... And have given up..."

"It's a rare experience to read a book as original as this one..."

"A great read from a bold author..."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1586 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Abrachadabra Books in association with Paddy's Daddy Publishing (29 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094WISEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Ryan Bracha is 34 years worth of ideas just screaming to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. By 24 he had written and directed his first feature film "Tales From Nowhere" which was well received and enjoyed a limited release around his native Yorkshire, his second screenplay "Dirt Merchants" never made it to screen but was an outlet for his desire to tell stories. Almost 4 years in the making, his debut novel, "Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven't Killed Yet" is a darkly comic satire based on the state of the media in the face of what appears to be a serial killer stalking the streets of Sheffield. His second novel, "Tomorrow's Chip Paper", a fast moving look at the current media infatuation with celebrity deviants, was released in early 2013, and his latest offering, the wonderfully titled 'Bogies, and other equally messed up tales of love, lust, drugs and grandad porn' is out now. His third novel, the semi-dystopian satirical thriller 'Paul Carter is a Dead Man', was officially released on January 17th.

Visit www.ryanbracha.webs.com for more information.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 7 Mar 2013
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Another spur of the moment purchase. And a wise one at that. This was a really interesting read. The plot is extremely clever and kept me wondering what would happen next which is exactly as it should be. If I was being hyper-critical I would say that it went on a little too long but, I assume, only because the author wanted to develop the characters. I look forward to reading more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STRANGELY ADDICTIVE 20 Mar 2013
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Still not sure what I just read. Good freebie though. Couldn't put it down. Sucks you in and takes you places you don't need to go.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Feb 2013
By D. Hall
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I have just read this book in one sitting while lying next to a pool in the Canaries. Sure, there are obvious comparisons to be made with Irvine Welsh,and these are positive ones, but you genuinely do not know what's going to happen next. This is powerful writing and the Sheffield setting makes it something out of the ordinary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 5 Mar 2014
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An interesting novel that I enjoyed reading. It's clear that Ryan Bracha isn't afraid to take risks with his writing. The basic premise of the story is that a number of desperate people answer an ad in the paper. The advert promises them financial reward, all they have to do is submit their details and wait for the call. Of course, like all of the spam emails we get, it isn't quite so simple. Those chosen are coerced into taking part in a deadly game of cat and mouse where losing means death.

The story takes a while to develop but it's worth staying with it. There are acts of violence that are quite graphically described. However, don't let this put you off, you'll see much worse on TV.
The narrative comes at you from several angles: The participants of the game, those controlling the game and the media. This leads to the novel being a bit of a slow burner but also refreshing and different.

Ryan Bracha, for all of his boldness and the unafraid gratuitous nature of some scenes asks a number of moral questions throughout the novel and it's clear he's not out to shock but to make the reader think. On the whole a great read from a bold author whose progress I'll be keen to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Original Tale of Murder 14 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It is a rare experience to read a book that is as original, both in the style(s) in which it was written, as well as in the telling of its story, as this one. Reading the clever title of this book, I expected a bit of a darkly humourous send-up of the many serial killer novels out on the market, but this was so much more than that. While it contains its share of dark satire, there is also lots of social commentary and the story even comes across as a morality tale at times.
The book opens with a group of strangers who show up at an office after answering a mysterious ad promising them the chance to win 10,000 pounds. They are all misfits and losers, and are about to be forced into a twisted game of hide and seek in the city of Sheffield, where their naked, bled-dry bodies will soon start showing up. The story jumps from the point of view of one character to another, sometimes told in the first person (with a variety of Cockney and other accents), sometimes in the third. At times, the tale is told in the form of news reports, blogs, witness statements to the police, monologues, dialogues and sometimes plain old narrative. The weakness of this is that there are so many characters that it is a chore keeping up with who is who, especially as there is very little exposition to put the reader into context, and we are left to catch up on the fly. Also, some of these conversations and statements are meandering and touch on the parts of the story only in passing, so that there is some frustration, especially in reading the first half of the book when there seems to be no clear point to the story.
But, if you stick with it, as I did, you will be richly rewarded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Defenitely not for the squeemish 30 Sep 2013
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This book is "right out there" for me... I have never read anything like it before.... BUT Im surprised to say after an initial shock period and once desensitised, I really enjoyed it... cant believe Im saying that really because if it was a film on TV I would have turned it off... If you don't like violence of bad language and I mean very bad language... don't read it... but I would definitely give it a go...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different 10 Sep 2013
By Miss AL Holloway TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I enjoyed this book a lot. It may not be for everyone though.

The story is told from multiple perspectives, in a similar style to that of Chuck Palahniuk's Rant. The chapters take the point of view of many different characters, and include news articles, blog posts and even a portion of a film script. To begin with it is a little difficult to take in, but it soon becomes the norm and I for one enjoyed this approach.

The story itself is violent, full of twists and darkly humourous. I would not expect everyone to like this book but if you enjoy the aforementioned Chuck Palahniuk, and Bret Easton Ellis, you will probably appreciate this book too. Or if you enjoy reading crime, and dark humour in general, this is well worth checking out.

I shall definitely get the sequel at some point, as I am interested to see what happens next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel 5 May 2013
By Minimoo
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I really didn't know what to expect from this book, the name drew me in, the plot sounded interesting though maybe a little "been there, done that" however it was free at the time so why not download it?

Yes, some of the language is crude however I'm not offended easily and I hear worse in the street (!) therefore this didn't bother me. More proof reading wouldn't have went a miss though, there are quite a few silly mistakes that should have been spotted and corrected. Again though, not the biggest deal in the world.

There's an interesting mix of characters, some are likeable in their own way though the majority are completely vile and deserve everything they get. I liked that many of the characters got at least a few pages to tell their "story"' so you could experience events from their view point. As for "been there, done that" I'm pleased to say that there was enough little twists and turns to make the plot original, and hold your interest.

One of the characters, Hoxton, makes some valid observations towards the end of the book, although he is obviously a complete mentalist you can't help but agree with him on some points!

The book could have stopped with the "ending" however it was a pleasant surprise to discover there is a sequel which I now look forward to reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book and the sequal is even better.
Got this when it was free and was very glad I did....takes a while to get into the style of writing; there are a lot of characters introduced at once in the first book and the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Steve Reid
1.0 out of 5 stars hard going
I really struggled with this book but thought if i stuck with it it might be worth it.......am half way though now and have given up!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by mrs l s steele
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit strange but I bought the next one so I must have liked it
A bit strange but I bought the next one so I must have liked it. A bit strange but I bought the next one so I must have liked it
Published 2 months ago by M. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious storytelling
I like ambition in a novel. It suggests that the writer gives a damn about their work and, more importantly, suggests that the writer wants to create something that will one day... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!
Well what a roller coaster of a ride that was. I was drawn in by every page and didn't want to put it down. A fantastic book by an extremely talented young man. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. A class of its own.
Where do I begin? Reading this book was like watching a flake of snow, slowly rolling down a hillside. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig Furchtenicht (author of Dimebag Bandits)
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive...
It took me a few chapters to get into the book to be honest but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Ryan keeps you on the end of your seat with the plot and you really have no idea... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Toybar
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful debut for a future star
Strangers are Just Friends you Haven't Killed Yet by Ryan Bracha is one hell of a book to review.
At some points this book had me frustrated, at others delighted. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MW1975
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish nonsense
Reading like something dashed off while doing something else, this book displays no sign of talent. It is written as a series of narratives by different characters, but apart from... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Antony Bowen
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