Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan
  

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A darkly comic psychological thriller with a noir twist from an award-winning author.

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Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan

Stealthy, furtive, unhurried yet urgent - In a few seconds of efficient butchery, the chickens are dead and dismembered. Someone is on a killing spree - slaughtering the school pets with a cold-blooded savagery. The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. Johnny's had problems in the past, but they're behind him now. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? He's not crazy and he's not a killer. And he's going to prove it.

Reviews

A gripping, original and stylish novel -- Amanda Craig The Times Whereas wannabe noir fiction often mistakes bleakness for darkness, McGowan has empathy for his troubled protagonist. If a disturbing read can be fun, if laugh-out-loud can have heart and soul, McGowan's got it nailed -- Keith Gray Scotsman Magazine McGowan's high school noir is fresh, fast and seriously good fun Booktrust A masterfully clever story with a tongue-in-cheek sense of wit Sister Spooky McGowan achieves some gorgeously, glitteringly mad writing. -- Philip Womack Literary Review An original, unsettling noir thriller. -- Amanda Craig New Statesman A subtle, shifting and surprising story that avoids easy definition and is memorable...weirdly wonderful Books For Keeps Hello Darkness is a darkly comic and original mystery novel for young adults filled with Raymond Chandleresque noir dialogue -- Martin Chiltern Telegraph Top 10 YA books of 2013 Hello Darkness is a darkly comic and original mystery novel for young adults filled with Raymond Chandleresque noir dialogue -- Martin Chiltern Telegraph Top 10 YA books of 2013

About the Author

Anthony McGowan

Born in Manchester, Anthony McGowan went to school in Leeds. He has worked as a nightclub bouncer, civil servant, and Open University tutor in philosophy. He published
his first novel for teenagers, Hellbent, in 2005. It was described by The Times as ‘a brilliantly nauseating thriller’.

His other books for teenagers include Henry Tumour and The Knife that Killed Me, the film of which was released in 2013.

He lives in London

Q & A video: Anthony answers questions about his book, Willard Price: Leopard Adventure.

Photo credit Jerry Bauer

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
272 pages
Interest Age: From 14

Author

Anthony McGowan
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Author's Website

anthonymcgowan.com/Hello.ht...

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th September 2013

ISBN

9781406337846

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