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I can forgive a convoluted plot if the buildup is believable, and the details seem plausible. But it is quite hard to believe that such a small time journalist can so easily bamboozle paranoid criminals and infiltrate their organization. The massive leap it takes for someone view spoiler [to lose a single friend hide spoiler ] and then want to view spoiler [carelessly commit mass murder hide spoiler ] as revenge was a bit over-the-top.

Usually, I love anti-heroes and villains, and I have a particular grudging respect for anti-heroines and villainesses. But I hated Hannah Harker. She is a repulsive, despicable and completely unsympathetic human being and a privileged, entitled, narcissistic psychopath. She dumps her boyfriend because she got bored with him , and is unnecessarily cruel about it the way the book tries to justify this later on is one of many things that pissed me off.

She is mentally cruel towards any woman that she has no desire to sleep with, and demeans those that she deems beneath her because they have no ambition and are content with boredom unlike her super special self. Really and truly, the blurb got it right. I was sincerely rooting for her to die, because the world surely would be a better place.

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This is a story within a story, where the author places himself in-universe as essentially the writer of Hannah's biography. Hannah herself seemingly prefaces her biography with a prologue of her own, hammering into the reader that she is just soooo disturbed tm. One gets the strange feeling that the author wrote Hannah's character as his ideal elusive high-on-a-pedestal goddess woman; and this is evidenced by the infuriating for many reasons epilogue where they are shown to be sleeping together.

I haven't been this infuriated by a novel's end in a long time. That bit of deus-ex-machina that wrapped up the remaining loose ends of the story just cheapened the entire thing. Her descent into madness, her atrocious acts, all for naught. And that's who tortured and killed her friend, rather than one of the many powerful foes she accumulated? Then how has the sequel come to light?

Was the frame story completely ignored? Was it set many years later? I have had more than enough of narcissistic psychopath Hannah Harker, so I do not care enough to read the sequel and find out. May 18, Leslie rated it liked it. May 28, Erin rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. Occasionally I thought a point was being made. Regret acting on this recommendation.

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Aug 11, Patrick Neylan rated it liked it Recommended to Patrick by: Is that a word? Can I have it anyway? Because James Howell's novel is zeitgeisty as hell. It's also damned hard to categorise. I'm calling it a satire, but you could read it as a spectacularly implausible thriller if you like. That's not a criticism per se , since all thrillers are implausible - from James Bond downwards - but they get away with it through sheer panache.

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Hannah Harker, a young, aspiring journalist in a dead-end job at a regional newspaper, commits the modern sin o Zeitgeisty? Hannah Harker, a young, aspiring journalist in a dead-end job at a regional newspaper, commits the modern sin of imagining that her life should be a lot more interesting than it is and decides to do something about it. However, as the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics has shown see what I mean about zeitgeist? When it all starts to unravel, Hannah is driven by her own hubris and nihilism to commit more dangerous and immoral feats of 'research'.

She's a classic unreliable narrator, and any reader who needs to sympathise with the main character in a novel will hate this one. Seeing through her shallow and unconvincing self-justification is one of the pleasures of the book and is what makes it a satire.

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Putting the author himself in the book as a fictional biographer was a nice touch too. The plot spirals away from the implausible to the bizarre but just about gets away with it, although the prose creaks at times. There are too many melodramatic adjectives and too much telling rather than showing: We know what she looks like because she stands in front of a mirror and describes herself - the way we all do when we need reminding of our hair colour, bust size or racial background.

We know a character's opinion because he sits down and gives Hannah a word explanation of what he thinks. The could have done with a ruthless editor, but when I put it down after two days of reading, I decided I'd enjoyed my time with sad, deranged Hannah and her slightly creepy biographer James. It is very difficult to put the book down once one begins reading it.

For the most part, the book is quite realistic. The character dynamics are wonderful, and the plot has plenty of action-packed twist and turns. The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that is lacked some continuity in parts. The largest of the continuity problems being that, in the beginning, the main character states that she will kill herself once the book is published.

Then in the epilogue, it states that she is still being followed and written about. A humorous continuity problem is about half way through the book when the main character is being escorted to a hotel in a BMW. One page later, during the same escort, she states that she is in a Mercedes. Fabulous writing technique, fabulous story. Five stars, for sure. Jan 26, Gabriella rated it really liked it Shelves: Psychotic, determined, adventurous, misguided Storyline: Good except for a few words left out and a few extra words in some sentences here and there.

There is one part during the chase scene when a car crashes and blows up instantly. Unless the guy poured gasoline all over the inside of the car and put a lit match to it just as they crashed, it just isn't realistic. Aside from the few parts that read like a pornographic script, the story Characters: Aside from the few parts that read like a pornographic script, the story is fast-paced and trilling with a twist you don't expect until the final pages of the book, while at the same time, showing the ill psychological effects from a person's choices and their inevitable downfall.

It explores the evils of power and lack of responsibility with a touch of sentimentality, obsession, and fun. The epilogue is a must read as it ties everything together. Jan 01, Jessica Stemple rated it it was ok Shelves: In short, I despised the protagonist after page 3. I don't know why I continued to read this book-- maybe I was just hoping that she would eventually become something other than a selfish psychopath.

Howell "Free from the shackles of social convention and morality, she sets off down a dark and dangerous path that will change her forever. Howell is not a terrible writer and parts of the story are interesting. However, he could learn the difference between "there", "they're", and "their". I don't even want to discuss this book at book club Sep 12, Ellie Lynch rated it it was amazing. I borrowed this from a friend and immediately went out and bought the sequel. After all the hype about 50 shades, this is a book with a character who truly pushes boundaries and leaves you feeling uncomfortable but exhilarated.

James Howell has written a fast-paced, violent, observant and original action thriller.


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His focus on the media is relevant and keenly det I borrowed this from a friend and immediately went out and bought the sequel. I think most people will either love her or hate her, but this novel and its protagonist will stay with you long after the final page. Oct 12, April rated it liked it. The ending of this book completely blew my mind. That said, the journey from the first page to the last was nothing less than insane.

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There were a couple of gory parts that nearly made me abandon this story but I am glad I didn't because the ending made it all worthwhile. I don't think the title does the book any justice. Well, a nice rollercoaster ride would have done the trick for me. I The ending of this book completely blew my mind. I'll take boredom over this bloody mess any day of the week! Oct 06, Phil Jones rated it it was ok. Great idea for a story wrecked by lacklustre writing and a plot that becomes more and more ludicrous chapter by chapter.

The appalling grammar and abundant typos become annoying after a while - especially when dialogue becomes impossible to follow at times because the author does not seem to comprehend the most basic rules of punctuation. Add a dollop in the kindest sense of the word of badly written sex and tedious info dumping whenever the scene switches from one exotic location to another a Great idea for a story wrecked by lacklustre writing and a plot that becomes more and more ludicrous chapter by chapter.

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