Crushed

Crushed❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ Crushed Author Kate Hamer – Tbjewellers.co.uk Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends Kate Hamer s writing is incandescent Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting PartyPhoebe stands on Pulten Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends Kate Hamer s writing is incandescent Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting PartyPhoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh The shock of mangled metal and blood stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won t be recognised It wouldn t do to be spotted looking like this She s missing a shoe She feels sickPhoebe thought murder and murder happened Thoughts are just thoughts, they said Now she knows they were wrongAt home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother s room She is exhausted, making sure there s no trace of herself not a single hair, not even her scent left anywhere in the house She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there s no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences.

Kate Hamer s third novel CRUSHED is published in May Faber Faber She is the author of THE DOLL FUNERAL Faber Faber which was a Bookseller book of the month and an editor s pick for Radio s Open Book Her first novel THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT has been translated into different languages It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy New Blood Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year It was a Sunday Times bestseller She grew up in the west country and rural Pembrokeshire and now lives with her husband in Cardiff.

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10 thoughts on “Crushed

  1. says:

    My review on www.bookread2day.wordpress.comAfter reading The Girl In The Red Coat, I ve been waiting to read another book by Kate Hamer again Crushed was one of those stories about young girls that made my eyes wide open with a little fear Specially one young girl, Phoebe, who is obsessed with reading Macbeth and yikes she thinks she s a witch Oh it gets a even creepier, Phoebe believes she is the one who caused a man to be squashed against a car against the wall with blood flowing out Look My review on www.bookread2day.wordpress.comAfter reading The Girl In The Red Coat, I ve been waiting to read another book by Kate Hamer again Crushed was one of those stories about young girls that made my eyes wide open with a little fear Specially one young girl, Phoebe, who is obsessed with reading Macbeth and yikes she thinks she s a witch Oh it gets a even creepier, Phoebe believes she is the one who caused a man to be squashed against a car against the wall with blood flowing out Look out there s scenes with the wishing bowl, that Phoebe clearly remembers her wish I recommend any book by Kate Hamer.I ve been watching a TV series Light as a feather about a young group of girls that has creepy moments and I think that Crushed could be turned into a mini film, where Phoebe is definitely a little creepy and strange

  2. says:

    Ahhhh This is such an awkward review.I am a huge fan of Kate Hamer and have been eagerly anticipating this new book As soon as it was available on kindle, I bought it.I m not going to lie, I m not even sure what I just read, let alone whether I d be able to tell you about it or not.This is a weird, thready, and difficult story, with poor formation it took me until chapter 37 to even differentiate between the main 3 characters.I found myself confused and pausing a lot to take stock, just t Ahhhh This is such an awkward review.I am a huge fan of Kate Hamer and have been eagerly anticipating this new book As soon as it was available on kindle, I bought it.I m not going to lie, I m not even sure what I just read, let alone whether I d be able to tell you about it or not.This is a weird, thready, and difficult story, with poor formation it took me until chapter 37 to even differentiate between the main 3 characters.I found myself confused and pausing a lot to take stock, just to keep up with the story but sadly it was a relief when I finished it.I have to say that it got better towards the end and I m glad I persevered, but its been very disappointing on the whole.2 stars

  3. says:

    Gloomy, tragic, and consuming Crushed is an ominous, gritty, character driven tale that takes you into the lives of three teenage friends, Phoebe, Orla, and Grace, as they each struggle to find some semblance of control, power, and love in a life littered with dysfunction, self destruction, insecurities, and lack of affection.The prose is tight and intense The characters are vulnerable, damaged, and impulsive And the plot is a slow burning, immersive tale full of life, loss, deception, despera Gloomy, tragic, and consuming Crushed is an ominous, gritty, character driven tale that takes you into the lives of three teenage friends, Phoebe, Orla, and Grace, as they each struggle to find some semblance of control, power, and love in a life littered with dysfunction, self destruction, insecurities, and lack of affection.The prose is tight and intense The characters are vulnerable, damaged, and impulsive And the plot is a slow burning, immersive tale full of life, loss, deception, desperation, friendship, familial drama, manipulation, jealousy, obsession, emerging sexuality, abuse, violence, and murder.Overall, Crushed is a dark, eerie, astute, coming of age tale by Hamer that does a remarkable job of delving into the complex dynamics between friends and family and highlights just how parasitic and toxic some of those relationships can truly be.Thank you to Publishers Group Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    This is the third book I ve read by Hamer, and there s one thing that she consistently does tell a dark tale so beautifully Hamer really does write very well, she creates an immersive atmosphere with her words Crushed was a particularly interesting read because it was a lot harsher, rougher, than her previous novels Let me explain that a bit , when I think of Hamer s books, I think dark fairy tales, a yearning in me as a reader to save the characters she creates, so while the plots are This is the third book I ve read by Hamer, and there s one thing that she consistently does tell a dark tale so beautifully Hamer really does write very well, she creates an immersive atmosphere with her words Crushed was a particularly interesting read because it was a lot harsher, rougher, than her previous novels Let me explain that a bit , when I think of Hamer s books, I think dark fairy tales, a yearning in me as a reader to save the characters she creates, so while the plots are dark, the read is soothing I really hope that makes sense But, in Crushed, I wasn t soothed, I was consumed..Crushed isthan just Phoebes story, told from three perspectives, it looks at the lives of three teenage friends, Phoebe, Orla and Grace This novel shows the relationships these girls have with their mothers and how great an impact it has on them it also showcases what I can only call their toxic friendship Though Phoebe is the one mentioned in the blurb, I found her the most horrid of the girls, which is completely understandable once you ve met her mother Grace was my favourite and her home life was the most interesting Of all the characters, it was her anxieties I felt the most, she definitely came across as the most authentic She was the one I wanted to save, to show her how things could be But, I guess what s important here isn t which girl you favour but the exploration of how they were victims of circumstance, crushed under their home lives Their immaturity shown through their jealousy and manipulation When things are as bleak as these girls perceive them to be, taking drugs doesn t seem like such a bad idea, but there s one thing to remember what s done cannot be undone I have to be honest, there s this nagging feeling at the back of my mind that I missed something with one this novel is dark, toxic, sinister, tragic, it works because the characters are so bold, and you want to know what awaits them, is this their coming of age I m also trying to be as vague as I can about the events in this novel, because I think the synopsis holds so much back for a reason, you re meant to discover certain things only when you read the book, only when Phoebe, Orla or Grace decide it s time I m under no illusion that this novel will be for everyone, and I don t particularly think you should read too much into the synopsis rather, go into this one with an open mind, be prepared to meet some strong characters, always expect the unexpected, and embrace Hamer s beautiful, yet dark, writing it s simply captivating My thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book

  5. says:

    Kate Hamer s new novel is a gripping thriller based around the fragile nature of friendship, especially friendship between females and feels like it skirts the line between an adult young adult thriller pretty well You are drawn into the drama right from the beginning due to the hypnotic writing style, and Hamer throws you in at the deep end right into the middle of the action This is a deceptively dark, complex story with many twists in the tale It follows teenagers Phoebe, Orla and Grace, t Kate Hamer s new novel is a gripping thriller based around the fragile nature of friendship, especially friendship between females and feels like it skirts the line between an adult young adult thriller pretty well You are drawn into the drama right from the beginning due to the hypnotic writing style, and Hamer throws you in at the deep end right into the middle of the action This is a deceptively dark, complex story with many twists in the tale It follows teenagers Phoebe, Orla and Grace, three friends who we travel with as they experience the confusion and emotional mayhem of coming of age It also explores how each girl s mother drastically impacted the women they grew up to be.This is a rather chilling read at times and at others, it s quite sad and emotive Each chapter is dedicated to one of the three girls so we learnabout them throughout and their characters deepen with each turning of the page They are a broken group of friends who lead intriguing, deeply troubled lives, and although this isof a slow burn than a pacy read it works well and creates an original and compulsively readable tale in which the tension builds and builds resulting in an ominous and rather disturbing conclusion It s honestly just great to read a thriller with a refreshing concept at its centre Many thanks to Faber Faber for an ARC

  6. says:

    Why is so much death affecting the 3 main characters Orla, Phoebe and Grace Are they really witches who can influence the events that occur around them The action started in the vert first scene chapter of this novel with someone dying in a car accident However, the action was very spaced out throughout the whole of the novel A few death scenes did occur throughout the novel but they were spaced apart and few and far between The death scenes were basically the only action scenes throughout Why is so much death affecting the 3 main characters Orla, Phoebe and Grace Are they really witches who can influence the events that occur around them The action started in the vert first scene chapter of this novel with someone dying in a car accident However, the action was very spaced out throughout the whole of the novel A few death scenes did occur throughout the novel but they were spaced apart and few and far between The death scenes were basically the only action scenes throughout the whole of this novel In some places the overall story did drag and was very slow paced In terms of characters I did not feel that there was much of a character profile backstory for Orla I would liked to have found outabout her character I found Phoebe s character quite annoying in a lot of places as her character wasn t very happy at most points in the novel I also found one of the relationships in the plot line very weird and did not enjoy reading about it, especially how that story line ended A lot of the novel was too descriptive and they did not improve my enjoyment of reading the novel There was too much description of their surroundings and things in my opinion that didn t really need to be described That s why I found the overall plot slow and lacking Overall, I gave this novel 2.5 5 stars I found it very slow paced with not enough action and too much description However, other people will like this novel because of the magic involved throughout the story line and the action death scenes featured in the story

  7. says:

    That s where it should ve stopped But, no I had to take it further, didn t ICRUSHED is my first Kate Hamer read, it is a slow burner with an interesting plot for me due to the fact that it s a slight deviation from the typical thrillers I usually readthere s belief in witchcraft, spells are being conjured, hallucinogenic drugs are administered, plus lots of unusually creepy stuff.What I was mostly addicted to was the way the author writes about her characters actions, feelings and thoThat s where it should ve stopped But, no I had to take it further, didn t ICRUSHED is my first Kate Hamer read, it is a slow burner with an interesting plot for me due to the fact that it s a slight deviation from the typical thrillers I usually readthere s belief in witchcraft, spells are being conjured, hallucinogenic drugs are administered, plus lots of unusually creepy stuff.What I was mostly addicted to was the way the author writes about her characters actions, feelings and thoughts The writing can be beautifully poetic The plot line gets addictive every time the POV changes, emphasizing just how dark, obsessive and sinister is this relationship between the main girls in the book

  8. says:

    A beautiful and haunting investigation into the relationships that women have, with an essence of Shakespearean witchcraft A coming of age story in which the interactions of the three main characters with each other and all around them are carefully examined I wouldn t necessarily say that it was an enjoyable read, my heart was in my throat for a lot of it, but I feel enriched for having read it and I continue to muse on the themes after finishing, which is always a sign of a great book.

  9. says:

    When I saw the synopsis of Crushed at the end of last year, I was hooked immediately and wanted to read it straight away I finished this book a couple of months ago and still thought about it every now and then Whenever I think about it, I still have goosebumps and have flashback of how sinister it felt when I was reading it at the time Crushed, in my opinion, is quite different than Kate Hamer s previous books but is equally amazing It is a dark, twisted and riveting story about Phoebe, Orla When I saw the synopsis of Crushed at the end of last year, I was hooked immediately and wanted to read it straight away I finished this book a couple of months ago and still thought about it every now and then Whenever I think about it, I still have goosebumps and have flashback of how sinister it felt when I was reading it at the time Crushed, in my opinion, is quite different than Kate Hamer s previous books but is equally amazing It is a dark, twisted and riveting story about Phoebe, Orla and Grace s toxic and obsessive friendship and their complicated and destructive home life I didn t know the book was told from three different perspectives when I saw the synopsis but it worked out so well It added so much dimension to the story It made the characters evenreal and, because of this,creepy as we got to know what made them do certain things and why they did certain things.I particularly loved how Kate wrote about the fragile friendship between these three characters The lies, the jealousy, the broken trust There are events happened in the book that will make you feel very uncomfortable while others will make you feel quite sorry for the characters There are twist after twist until the end It was quite a dark ride to say the least I purposely keep the details of the book vague as you really need to experience this yourself The unexpected and chilling nature of them is one of the main reasons why I love this book Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Crushed Thank you so much Sophie and Faber Faber for gifting me this copy to review Crushed is out now on all platforms

  10. says:

    My goodness, this book was as atmospheric as they come, the characters so well developed, they felt real CRUSHED is as intense as it is deep, as disturbing as it is surprising Kate Hamer s enchanted writing is sure to put you under its own spell, which will linger long after you ve turned the final page.

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