My Review (4 stars out of 5)
Five young guys try to improve their lot in the world, exploring love, drugs and friendship. Set in Liverpool and Devon, their lives intertwine as they experiment with cocaine. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and her third publication so far. The book takes the form of narratives by a group of young people, who tell their stories in realistic and at times troubling voices. The world Morwenna Blackwood creates is dark and convincing and while the characters aren’t a particularly likeable lot, their stories ring true. The dialogue is clever and authentic, though a little hard to follow at times and I occasionally had to reread certain passages. Aside from that, the proliferation of exclamation marks is irritating and for an author as talented as Blackwood obviously is, it’s a little disappointing. I also wonder why an editor didn’t tell her to take the damn things out. Anyway…
An inventive and provocative read.
When she was six years old, Morwenna wrote and endless story about a frog, and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She’s the author of bestselling noir psychological thrillers, The (D)Evolution of Us, and Glasshouse, has an MA in Creative Writing, and can usually be found down by the sea. Morwenna’s third novel, Underrated, was published by #darkstroke on Valentine’s Day, 2022, and she has several works in progress.
She often thinks about that frog.
Purchase Link https://mybook.to/underrated
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NB This post first appeared as part of the Blog Tour for Underrated, via Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources.