Saturday, January 26, 2013

Martyn Pig, by Kevin Brooks

Martyn Pig is an enthralling and deliciously fast-paced thriller by Kevin Brooks. Well-written and dark, Martyn Pig is pretty brilliant.
When fifteen-year-old Martyn Pig accidentally kills his abusive, alcoholic father a few days before Christmas, he doesn't know what to do. If he calls the police, he'll be sent to live with his hated aunt Jean - if the police even believe his story to begin with. With the help of his friend Alex and his collection of mystery novels, Martyn tries to cover up his father's death. But things get complected when Alex's blackmailing boyfriend shows up, demanding Martyn's 30,000 pound inheritance. The plot twists and turns, though it's never hard to follow. I was able to get lost in Martyn Pig, to forget about everything else when I was reading it. Though it's not overly serious (considering its content), it's thought-provoking and enjoyable.

I recommend Kevin Brooks in general, too - another of his books which I've enjoyed was  Lucas, and I only recently finished  Black Rabbit Summer.

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