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Breakers

Narrated by: Angus King
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

A pulsatingly tense, deeply moving psychological thriller from the number one best-selling Scottish author of Fault Lines.

A toxic family...a fight for survival...

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 pulsatingly 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.  

©2019 Doug Johnstone (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"A cracking and highly original thriller. Johnstone never fails to deliver." (Mark Billingham) 

"This may be Doug Johnstone’s best book yet. An unsparing yet sympathetic depiction of Edinburgh’s ignored underclass, with terrific characterisation. Tense, pacey, filmic." (Ian Rankin) 

"Breakers again shows that Doug Johnstone is a noir heavyweight and a master of gritty realism. This may be his finest novel yet." (Willy Vlautin)

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Best yet

Really enjoyed this - pacy, exciting and well read. Best I have read by the author.

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A story of troubles for a family in Edinburgh

Based in and around Edinburgh the plot centres on a teenager who is trapped in a situation not of his making. Based on the rough side of the city where theft, drugs and violence are common place. With pressures from all directions this bright and savvy teenager is put in dangerous situations seemingly impossible to break out of. The narrator does, as usual, a fine job of telling us the story. The only feedback point is early in the book. The name Wauchope, for me, was pronounced like "Walkup".

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5 out of 5 across the board a really good listen

This was a fantastic listen Angus King brilliant as per usual. The book from the very offset had me engrossed crescendoing to an action packed finale all I can say is give it a go.

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I enjoyed this book very much.

Brill book. So glad I have found this new author. will look for many more.

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  • Diana Hart 33
  • 27-01-20

had me on the edge the whole time

This story had me wondering through the whole thing how on earth was it gonna end! Such a gripping story! surprise ending. Angus King is a superb narrator, one of the best, he delivers the story, makes the characters real.

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