The one with troubled teens: Breakers by Doug Johnstone (Blog Tour) #BookReview #BlogTour #GeneralFiction

Breakers by Doug Johnstone book cover kindle edition

GIFTED / Today I am proud to be the host for the Breakers blog tour.
I want to say thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me, and to Orenda Books for providing me with a copy of this book.

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About the book:

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 nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. 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 pulsating, 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.

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My Review:

Breakers is the novel that cought my attention with it’s synopsis. The story sounded interesting and it has been a while since I read an adult book with teens as main characters.

This novel is perfect for readers who usually read young adult, but would like to try adult fiction. Since our main characters were teenagers, the story often (at least to me) read like ya novel, but only with stronger language and some taboo subjects.

The story touches some serious topics like poverty, drug addiction and incest.

Even though it has an interesting plot, this is a character driven story.

It also blurs the line between moral and wrong, and it will probably (at least at some points to the story) make reader root for guys that don’t make the right choices.

As for my reading experience, I wish I got more attached to our main characters, because I would enjoy the story more.
This way, I only followed the story with Tyler, but I wasn’t emotionally invested, not in the way I wanted to be.

Also, the atmosphere of the story reminded me of Savages by Don Winslow. It is a totally different book from that one, but I still couldn’t help but think about it while reading.

The writing style was solid. There were no beautiful sentences that would make me think of life, but it was easy to follow and well structured.

I feel like most people who read this book absolutely loved it, so I guess I’m in minority here when I say it was an average piece of fiction. It wasn’t bad by any means, but I wouldn’t describe it as mind blowing either.

I would recommend this story to everyone who likes to read general fiction and to young readers who’d like to try some adult novels.

rating 3,5 hearts

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5 Comments

  1. I like the sound of this by the blurb, especially as it is based in Edinburgh. I also find it really good when an author writes well enough that you root for characters who aren’t always ‘good ‘ people.
    I think it is one of the things that affect us bookbloggers, when we read so many books, it takes something special to give it 5 stars. Nice fair and constructive review.
    Amanda xx

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