- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4913 KB
- Print Length: 433 pages
- Publisher: Pict Publishing; 1 edition (6 Dec. 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B081XC9P91
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 9 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,000,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's a different story in terms of feel - this one starts with character development until it seriously kicks off but, when it does, wow!! A combination of violence, dealing with the feelings and emotions of youth, characters discovering themselves, and lots of insightful views from the author make this a must read book.
Bill Robinson is a moody, danger-seeking youth never far from trouble but with a talent for singing. He comes from a troubled family, his mother having left to sing on cruise ships and his father a heavy drinker. The lives of his siblings and friends centre around the community centre which is threatened with closure. Can it be saved with all the trouble and the conflicts going on?
The novel deals with universal themes of death, revenge, loyalty, danger and love.
Bill’s recklessness and single mindedness lead him into further into danger and conflict, where thrill seeking and and alcohol addiction threaten to destroy his talent for singing and the help of his friends. Will he self-destruct or can he be saved from the local thug Charlie McDonnell and more importantly from himself? Can his friends shed light on who killed Lewis Matthews?
Atkins’ novels are always engrossing with a cast of vibrant characters and her attention to detail and powers of observation are striking - you are right there in the situation with each character and inside their heads, feeling their every fear, agony, dilemma or joy; understanding their motivations and shifting loyalties. We have all felt like Summer when she reflects : ‘life was full of glorious moments gone too soon, fragments of time you would live in forever which never came back...life was only real for brief illuminated moments like these.’
We’ve all felt that obsession, loving someone from afar, wondering if we’re reading too much into a moment when eyes meet, when words are sung into a mic.
This is the first story in The Holes End series and so I’m eagerly anticipating the follow up: Emily’s Baby.
'Now Bill stared out at the night and knew everything had changed. That it had, in fact, been changing for a long time. His mother was gone, and a boy called Lewis Matthews was dead.'
Shortly after the murder of Lewis Matthews, another 16 year old from the estate, Bill is in hospital after a severe beating from a gang of youths. He has his own idea of who was behind the attack and why, but can’t prove anything, even though someone has recorded the attack. Bill’s suspicions deepen about Lewis Matthews’ murder along with anger at the injustice. He can’t help feeling Charlie McDonnal, the local thug, has something to do with all the bad things that happen, and a growing hostility develops between them, each trying to outdo the other in counterstrokes.
'There was trouble in the air. Something dark was rising out of the gutters and the shadows of the alleyways, with a glint in its eye and chaos in its mind. Everyone could feel it, and though they tried to shrug it off, it kept coming back to cloak them in uncertainty. Something new, yet as old as time.'
Music and his love of singing plays a large part in Bill’s life, as does the local community centre where Bill and his friends hang out. The karaoke nights have been a huge success but now the community centre’s survival hangs in the balance, just as a singing competition is bringing in lots more people.
The story is written very well and life on the estate is depicted realistically with nicely developing characters, many of whom are struggling with personal issues and the emotions they evoke. There’s a definite sense of apprehension and impending trouble which builds as the story progresses and includes relevant themes such as violence, abuse and bullying and shows how easy it can be for young people to begin to become dependent on alcohol. Bill is a complex character with a complicated sense of family and with the added pressure of events around him, he uses alcohol as a prop. Sexuality and homophobia is also explored. Reading the story from the perspective of different characters allowed a good insight into their characters and feelings. Most story threads are resolved, but we’re left with a lead in to the next book in the series.