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Front cover of the book 'Want You Gone'.

Chris Brookmyre
Want You Gone

Publisher: Little Brown

Format: Hardback / ebook
ISBN: 9781408707173
RRP: £18.99

Oh happy, happy day when the latest Chris Brookmyre Jack Parlabane novel drops through the letterbox and the arrival Want You Gone is no exception. A story guaranteed to make readers think, Want You Gone is so cram packed with all that’s good in thriller writing it is almost like an overstuffed suitcase bound for Malaga.

Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister with learning difficulties when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her online, drawing her into a trap she may not escape alive.

Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile source on the wrong side of the law. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. 

With wit and guile, Brookmyre spins his tightly knit tale through a myriad of technicalities that far from confuse but rather than enlighten the more the novel progresses. The descriptive prose, lash sharp dialogue, bleak humour offset by heartfelt pathos and the overall balance the author delivers so consistently well, makes Want You Gone a novel of depth and clarity.

Furthermore, Jack Paralabane is the archetypal loveable rogue. A multi-faceted, deliciously drawn protagonist, Parlabane each of us wishes to have and their corner. As for Sam Morpeth, well, a more perfectly crafted foil could not be wished for.

Pacey, gripping, absorbing, enthralling and all the other superlatives you can throw its way, Chris Brookmyre’s Want You Gone  is an absolute treat from beginning to end.





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