Crusher by Niall Leonard
|October 7, 2013||Posted by Andrea Scott under Action, Crime, Young Adult|
Published by Doubleday Canada
Reviewed by Andrea Scott
Crusher by Niall Leonard is touted as a mystery and promises intrigue and suspense but I felt like it was lacking in both. Early in the book Finn Maguire finds his father lying in a pool of blood in their house and he ends up being a suspect for the murder. I expected the rest of the book to be about Finn trying to clear his name and finding out what really happened. And in a way, that’s how the story went, but I found it all to be too contrived and far fetched to really maintain my interest. Finn ends up involved in a creepy underworld and all of this aspect of the story is just to hard to believe. I found it hard to be sympathetic about Finn and his situation. He was not even a very likable character. I found myself not really caring about how the story resolved. I did finish the book and I don’t consider it to be entirely bad but it certainly did not live up to its expectations.
Another thing about this book that bothered me was that it is considered a young adult novel but I think the themes, sexual content and language are much too mature for young teens while the plot is lacking a bit for adult readers.
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