Introduced me to the idea of what it might feel like to be living in true fear, what duplicity and threat means to a real person. The first ‘proper’ book I was given (by my grandparents) and actually decided to read as a result.
The way we play games with each other…
One of the most intriguing reading experiences. The narrative wrapping, the layered storytelling, interior and exterior landscaping, disorientation, fever, the Horror… First time a book continued to make me feel something long after I had finished reading it.
A single concept taken to the Nth degree. The best.
First page turner I experienced as a teenager – mystery, guns and pure entertainment.
Things are not always how they seem…
James Smythe is one of my favourite writers. Amazing concepts, amazing stories, amazing writing.
“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” Best opening line I ever read. Not only that, The Outsiders has themes of brotherhood, hardship and how one bad decision affects everything.
Understanding criminals – contexts, backgrounds, profiles, motivations and recidivism. Darkly enlightening.
London, secrecy, extreme personalities and a ticking time bomb…