I’m so pleased to be taking part in the blogtour for Doug Johnstone’s latest novel Breakers. I read this not that long ago when it came out in ebook and it’s coming soon as a paperback. I thought the book was just brilliant. Please do check out my review if you’d like to see what I thought. You’ll find it here: Breakers
To whet your appetite a bit more, I have an extract from the book to share with you today. If you click on the link below, you can read chapter two from the book, where Tyler along with his brother and sister are checking out houses in an affluent area of Edinburgh to see which they are going to break into.
I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy of this book. It depicts a side of Edinburgh you may not often see in books and delves a bit deeper into why some people get caught up in a life of crime.
My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for asking me to take part in the blogtour. You will find all kinds of buying options on the publishers website here or you should be able to buy Breakers from your usual book retailer. Breakers is available now as an ebook and will be published in paperback by Orenda Books on Thursday 16th May.
From the back of the book
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.
About the author
Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. He’s had nine novels published, most recently Fault Lines. His previous novel, The Jump, was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his other novels have been award winners and bestsellers, and he’s had short stories published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. His work has been praised by the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Irvine Welsh. Several of his novels have been optioned for film and television. Doug is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. He’s worked as an RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University, taught creative writing at Strathclyde University and William Purves Funeral Directors. He mentors and assesses manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy and regularly tutors at Moniack Mhor writing retreat. Doug has released seven albums in various bands, and is drummer, vocalist and occasional guitarist for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He also reviews books for The Big Issue magazine, is player-manager for Scotland Writers Football Club and has a PhD in nuclear physic