Breakers by Doug Johnstone (Review)

Format: Paperback

Source: Borrowed from library

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction

Publication Date: 16th March 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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 Thoughts & Review

Breakers is a story about Tyler and his little sister Bethany (Bean). They live in one of the deprived areas in Edinburgh. Tyler aged 17 has had to grow up fast, with a mother who is a drug addict, has had to look after both her and his younger sister. Tyler  isn’t a bad boy but is pulled into a life of crime by his brother Barry. The crimes normally  involved breaking into houses and stealing what they could. But, one break in goes horribly wrong! 

Breakers is fast paced and well written, with a heart-breaking story what I really wasn’t expecting. Mr Johnstone doesn’t shy away with details regarding the difficulties people who live in poverty, and where drugs and crime are the only things they do in order to survive everyday life. 

At first I wasn’t sure about the characters and I didn’t particularly like any of them, but as they story unfolds my opinions shifted and I felt for Tyler and his younger sister. In fact, I admired how protective he was towards her and loved the relationship between them both. It was heart-warming to see that even though he lived in the life of crime, he kept that part of his life separate from bean and tries to shield her from all the hurt and the reality of the life she was born into. He always tries to make sure she has everything she needs.

I have to admit that although I was a little nervous to pick this book up at first it really didn’t disappoint. I was gripped from the opening pages and could put it down. This is a book that will stay with for a while. If you haven’t read this one, you really should!! 

My Rating


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