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Hamelin's Child by [Bennett, DJ]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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I tell lies and make things up. Sometimes people pay me for it. www.debbiebennett.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PLNLWY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,664 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Most modern crime novels with a gritty bent seem to focus on the relationship between the perpetrator of the crime and the detective or police officer hunting him or her, showing how much they have in common. In Hamelin' s Child, DJ Bennett takes a different approach. Michael "Mikey" Redford is a seventeen-year-old boy, rebellious although not remarkably so, who finds himself dragged out of his middle-class life on his birthday and hurled into a sordid, terrifying world of hard drugs, prostitution and violence. With startling speed, he adapts to the life, making his rescue from it all the more difficult for his sister Kate, herself trapped by others' expectations in a life she never really wanted, and Derek, the (presumably) unhappily married police detective in charge of finding Michael.

With its graphic descriptions of heroin abuse, homosexual rape and beatings, the story could easily have wallowed in luridness. It's a testament to the author's skill as a writer that this is never allowed to happen, and despite the horrors you get the sense that the narrative' s under tight, expert control. The structure of the novel is masterful, with an apparently climactic midpoint series of events which turn out instead to open a new phase in the story. And Hamelin' s Child opens with one of the best first lines I've ever read.

A most impressive debut, and I'm looking forward to reading the next two novels in the series. Highly recommended.
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By Book Addict Shaun TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2014
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I was browsing Amazon when I came across this book. The author very kindly sent me a review copy and I couldn't wait to start it. With some glowing reviews on Amazon I started it with a bit of trepidation at what to expect. Debbie Bennett has written one hell of a story here, one that will pull at your heartstrings and have you experiencing every emotion possible as you read. At times the story becomes so difficult you almost want to put the book down, but it is just too gripping to do that.

Michael is approached in a bar by a stranger when his girlfriend is occupied with another man, the stranger spikes Michael's drink, taking him back to a flat in the East End where he is kept prisoner, raped, shot full of heroin and sold for sex. We see Michael, or Mikey, go from a normal teenager to a drug addict, so dependent on the drug he will do anything for it. Debbie has captured the mind of the male teenager incredibly well. We really get inside Mikey's head, and start to understand his thought processes. At times he is confused and angry, coming across sometimes like an adult yet retaining that childlike vulnerability that teenagers still have. Sharing the house with a boy named Lee, Mikey wants to escape, but it isn't long before his drug addiction prevents him from doing so. His friendship with Lee starts to develop further, leaving him even more confused and angry at the things he is thinking and feeling. You do want Mikey to escape and find freedom but at the same time know that there won't be much of a story if that happens. Lee has an adult voice despite being younger than Mikey, and this isn't due to an author fault but the fact that Lee has had to grow up very fast.
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The director of The Exorcist and Cruising would heartily approve of D J Bennett's relentless pacing and unflinching commitment to showing, in horrifying detail, one boy's forced descent into heroin addiction and gay prostitution. The suspense is finely orchestrated on several fronts: our empathy for this likable boy...our growing realization that this author will go the distance in showing still worse degradation...and the artfully shown race to find him--while there's still something worth saving. Make no mistake, it's a grim read. But there's more compassion here than you'll find in all of Friedkin. While surgically dissecting the progression of his addiction, Bennett is careful to add rays of hope: a rebellious streak...shrewd attempts to escape his captors and his sickness. He falls hard, and then harder,and then harder still. But he never once falls from our hearts. The book has first-class villains and a fine set-up at the end for the two sequels that followed. Highly recommended.
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Hamelin's Child is a novel of rare power with a storyline that takes the reader into a world very far removed from normality. 'Mikey' is a a victim, preyed upon and forced into a life that degrades and yet draws him into its spell. Forced into prostitution and heroin addiction, the contrast with his plight and the sheer normality of the family who search for him is remarkably well portrayed by a gifted author whose attention to detail never wavers. The powerful nature of chapter eight, in particular, will remain with me for a long time.
Exceptional writing, I recommend this very strongly.
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This book is not my usual cup of tea, but I couldn't put it down. The story focuses on Michael's descent into heroin addiction and prostitution; and on his sister Kate's attempt to find him, support their parents, and reconcile her increasing attraction with Derek, the police officer looking for Michael, with the fact that she's due to get married to oh-so-reliable Colin.

Through the narrative of the two siblings' actions and emotions, the book raises questions about the choices we all make in life; and about the accountability we have to take for our own actions. What happens to Michael is horrific, but it is never graphically described; I have found that some books on similar themes run the risk of turning rape into something tittilating, but there was no sense of that in this novel.

I felt that the character Joss, source of the heroin, could have been more developed, but I liked the fact that he was a three-dimensional character, and as we learn more about his background he becomes surprisingly sympathetic.

This isn't a 'happily ever after' book; and the questions it raises about self-control and accountability are at best uneasily answered, but it is well written and will stay with you long after you've finished reading it. Recommended.
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