Sunday, 2 July 2017

Hawke's Cross

Hawke's Cross is a new novel by David Collenette. And it gripped me from the very first page.

From the note left with a baby abandoned at a police station: "I thought I wanted a baby but I don't. His name's Matthew. Please give him to someone who wants a baby" right through to the last page, this is a stunner of a novel.

When we meet Matthew he is living as a homeless person in London. Although it's more complicated than that as he has a home of sorts (furnished in what one might call "early Marriott") and he finds a lucrative field using his talents as an artist to drew cartoons of people which they pay him money for.

But Matthew has a unique talent. He knows what you want. Not what you think you want, but what you really, truly want, though he doesn't understand how this talent works, he is never wrong.

Unfortunately Matthew comes into contact with a very wealthy, dangerous and evil psychopath called Ethem Connelly.

He plunges Matthew into a bewildering and frightening game which has no way out and no way to win.

Throughout his troubled life Matthew has made few friends and he is near to breaking points when one of his friends is abducted.

A man is sent to kill Matthew, but, surprisingly, they form a friendship and they flee the country as they attempt to stay one step ahead in the deadly game and make sense of what, exactly, is going on.

Will they finally work out what Connelly is really up to? Can his friend be rescued? Will they even survive for long enough to snuff out Connelly's evil game?

David Collenette's writing style is unique, he has a gift to bring characters to vivid life in as few words as possible and to keep the pace fast and furious.

This is his debut novel and I hope that it is the first of many more.

It is published by The Book Guild at £8.99 and can be bought at https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.

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