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Crushed by Kate Hamer

Crushed

Kate Hamer

3.57 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 2 May 2019
ISBN: 9780571336654

Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong. At 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.

3 stars out of 5
9 May 2019

"It’s impossible not to be impressed by Kate Hamer’s expert control of language. "

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Kate Hamer’s expert control of language. There are whole passages of interior monologue that are worthy of being called prose poems...

Add a touch of witchcraft, failing mother-daughter relationships and more than a dash of horror and you have a clever, if not always convincing, tale.

Reviews

5 stars out of 5
Hannah Beckerman
5 May 2019

"a richly imagined novel about the fine line between teenage friendship, passion and obsession"

Hamer writes beautifully about the complex and shifting dynamics between adolescent female friends. As Phoebe, believing herself to be as powerful as one of the witches in Macbeth, entices her friends into ever more perilous territory, Hamer brings the novel to a startling and powerful conclusion. Crushed is a richly imagined novel about the fine line between teenage friendship, passion and obsession.

3 stars out of 5
21 Apr 2019

"Not recommended for those with limited patience for hysterical teen monologuing."

As the crime element is perfunctory, it’s hard to tell what Hamer’s aim is — to unite the heady worlds of Megan Abbott and Virginia Woolf? Or a Northanger Abbey-like study of book-induced delusion? Not recommended for those with limited patience for hysterical teen monologuing.