Book Reviews

REVIEW of ‘BORN SCARED’ BY KEVIN BROOKS

Published by Electric Monkey, 8th September 2016

born scared

4 stars  * * * *

Elliot is terrified of almost everything.

From the moment he was born, his life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day.

It’s Christmas Eve, there’s a snowstorm and Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She’ll only be 10 minutes – but when she doesn’t come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her. She should only be 400 metres away. It might as well be 400 miles…

* * * *

I was hooked from the first few lines and whipped through the book very quickly. I loved the first half of the book especially, it sort of changes a bit towards the middle, reminding me of some of Stephen King’s novels. Personally I’d have preferred the whole thing to stay in Elliot’s POV. His anxiety/fear felt very authentic and I would have liked to explore it more.

I’ve always liked Brooks’ spare writing style. He doesn’t over-explain anything, in fact sometimes he doesn’t explain anything at all and the reader is left to figure out what really happened. He does it again here in ‘Born Scared’ . . . keeps you thinking long after the book is finished. Recommended.

24.8.16

Advanced reading copy received with thanks via Netgalley.