Breakers by Doug Johnstone

5 Stars from me

Based purely upon the recommendation of Michael Wood (author of fabulous books) on twitter – I downloaded a copy of Breakers.

I’m so glad I did as I absolutely loved it. Tyler is a wonderful character who I couldn’t help but feel sorry for and I desperately wanted him to be ok – him and Bean – ok ok and the dog – and her puppies!

What an awful, awful home life poor Tyler had. Breakers is a soft but brutal glimpse into the troubled homelife of so many young people in this country. I would suggest also reading Who’s There if you find this to be an interesting subject.

The drugs theme throughout Breakers was well handled and no doubt uncomfortably close to the truth – particularly the matter of fact way that Tyler dealt with it.

Flick was a fab character too, she didn’t go the way I thought she would which was great to read.

As for the rest of Tyler’s family, I’m not going to pass comment on his mum, his brother and sister (pass the sick bag) what a pair! Barry was brilliantly portrayed as a thoroughly unpleasant human being.

I enjoyed the brief but frequent touches of humanity and would very much recommend Breakers.

Blurb: 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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