When the author is a good friend, it can make reading their first novel awkward. But in this case, it was not. I loved this book. A total page turner and the characters, words and ideas have stayed with me long after finishing it. I couldn't help thinking of some of my favourite books as I read it - not least Stephen King's 'IT' and William Golding's 'Lord of the Flies'. Wonderful book by a wonderful man.