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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.
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.Read more ›
Exceptional writing, I recommend this very strongly.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book ! It give a very good insight into addiction and the devastation it can cause. The book kept me enthralled the whole way through! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Roma
Brilliant story that was a little more than your usual police procedural drama, the main character could easily be your son or your brotherPublished 21 days ago by G. F. Lutton
Different but not a bad read alright but would not have another one like it.
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A true to life story that goes on in life. Very much for the adult reader who has an open mind. BrilliantPublished 1 month ago by Anita & Paul
Gritty, gripping and not for the squeamish. This book keeps you hooked up to the last page, wanting to know what happens to the main characters.Published 2 months ago by SF
Really enjoyed this book, good strong characters, well written, recommended.Published 3 months ago by K. Fletcher
Hard hitting ... real characters ... Just like Mikey I am now addicted!! Love this!!Published 3 months ago by Valheru63
Very good story-well written -(not one mistake!) don't usually like these kind of stories-enjoyed it -and could see and understand it happens-unfortunatelyPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good easy read if not a little predictable!! It takes you there!Published 6 months ago by Clairebear