I am mega excited today to be bringing you news of a new novel by Doug Johnstone and and to be EXCLUSIVELY revealing the cover of the book. Huge thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for asking me to do this. I am a big fan of Doug Johnstone’s writing, as you may well know if you follow my blog, so I’m really looking forward to reading this new book.
First of all, what’s the book about?
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.
Sounds exciting stuff doesn’t it? If you like the sound of the book, it’s available to pre-order now on Amazon. The Kindle edition will be published in March with the paperback to follow in May. You can pre-order here: Breakers
And now for the all important cover reveal!
About the author
Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre.
Doug is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, who have released four albums to critical acclaim, as well as recording an album as a fictional band called The Ossians. Doug has also released two solo EPs, Keep it Afloat and I Did It Deliberately.
Doug has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism, and worked for four years designing radars.
He grew up in Arbroath and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh with his wife and two children.
For more info: dougjohnstone.wordpress.com