My thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for including me on this #Blogtour for BREAKERS by Doug Johnstone.
A pulsatingly tense, deeply moving psychological thriller from the Number One BESTSELLING Scottish author of Fault Lines
A toxic family, a fight for survival…
Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum.
On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their
With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation … unless he drags her down too.
A pulsatingly tense psychological thriller, Breakers is also a breathtakingly brutal, beautiful and deeply moving story of a good kid in the wrong family, from one of Scotland’s finest crime writers.
‘Doug Johnstone never fails to deliver’ Mark Billingham
Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist
We meet several characters during the book – but 17-year-old Tyler Wallace is undoubtedly the lead protagonist and he plays his role well. He’s had a hard life – brought into the world by Angela, his Mum, but downtrodden by his step-siblings Barry and Kelly, who bully him into submission, physically and mentally. He has a mature outlook on life for someone of his teenage years, but its because he’s had to grow up fast and learn quickly. He seeks love and guidance as he gets none from Angela, Barry or Kelly – and has never had a father figure around, he’s writing his own rules and caring for Bean – Bethany his 7-year-old sister, shes what keeps him going, it’s her he cares for and she loves him unconditionally.
Whilst under the misguided management of Barry & Kelly, Tyler endures being used to break and enter homes in the affluent areas of Edinburgh, he’s small and can fit in through open windows much easier than they can. Its do as he’s told, or take a beating from Barry. Unfortunately, Barry picks the wrong house and it ends in dramatic consequences. However, Tyler has the foresight to call 999 for an ambulance secretly, and this is why he is different
Flick comes from that rich side of town, goes to boarding school and is searching for excitement. Also neglected by her parents, who are working abroad for the
Breakers is a thrilling and gritty read, taking you deep into Edinburgh’s dark side and onto a roller coaster ride of emotions. I felt for Tyler, he doesn’t have to look after
Breakers is greatly atmospheric with descriptions of the castle and the streets leading them there, this enriches the story and builds the background – from the squalid and unkempt streets of Tyler’s life to the hedgerow-lined, paved driveways of Flick’s rich side of town. I really enjoyed Breakers and think its one of Doug Johnstone’s strongest books so far, swiftly followed by Fault Lines which I also really enjoyed.
To Pre-order the book click here – published by Orenda Books on 16/5/19 https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Doug-Johnstone/Breakers/23591025
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