Another RandomThingsTour for you all this afternoon! It is a pleasure to be reviewing ‘Breakers’ by Doug Johnstone for the blog tour today, many thanks to Anne Cater for having me involved. Also, many thanks to Anne and Orenda for the ARC, here is my review:
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.
What does TWG think?
I have no idea where to begin with this review. I mean, ‘Breakers’ is like nothing I have ever read before, I’m not entirely sure I have the right words to convey my thoughts properly! I’ll given it a damn good go though!
Set in an area of Edinburgh which makes a lot of people wince should they hear the name, ‘Breakers’ tells the story of a young lad called, Tyler, who isn’t your typical 17 year old. Seriously. Someone of his age should be hanging out with his mates, not looking after his little sister and a mum who likes to collect empty alcohol bottles…after emptying them herself, obviously. Not only that, Tyler is stuck between obeying the law, and being on the wrong side of his half brother, Barry.
If I could guarantee that my review would be allowed on Amazon with many expletives, I would happily share my unedited opinion of Barry. However, because I know that the computer will say no, you’ll have to make do with this; Barry is a cactus. A cactus who deserves to be castrated and given a taste of his own medicine. I really dislike him….like properly dislike him. If he was on fire or had a jellyfish sting, well, I wouldn’t be urinating on him to help, that’s for sure!
Because of Barry’s stupidity and Tyler’s fear of getting on the wrong side of ol’ Bazza, the brothers end up looking over their shoulders in fear of crime big man, Deke, getting a hold of them. What would you do in Tyler’s position? Hes got to look after his little sister, keep his mum in check, and run the house so that social services doesn’t come and split him and his sister up. He needs quick money, is burglary the way to do it? Honestly? We all know that it’s illegal and immoral, yet it’s also something that some people wouldn’t do unless they absolutely had to. I can’t judge a situation I have never been in, but I will admit that I did look at both sides of the coin.
I can get quite emotional about things if young children are involved, and this book was no different. At times I felt that I couldn’t continue due to my own fear about what would happen to his little sister, but on the other hand, I was unable to put the book down because I was absolutely hooked by the compelling storyline.
‘Breakers’ is an incredibly dark, eye opening novel which highlights the lengths which people can go if they are forced, or if they have no other option. I was scared for Tyler, I won’t lie, but I had everything crossed that he would do the right thing and finally protect himself in the long run.
This is such an addictive, heartwrenching, dark and poignant read which held me hostage from the get go. A very, very impressive read – I won’t be forgetting this storyline in a hurry!