What if your deepest secret was revealed? Sam Morpeth is growing up way too fast, left to fend for a younger sister when their mother goes to prison and watching her dreams of university evaporate. But Sam learns what it is to be truly powerless when a stranger begins to blackmail her. Who would you turn to? Meanwhile, reporter Jack Parlabane has finally got his career back on track, but his success has left him indebted to a volatile, criminal source. Now that debt is being called in, and it could cost him everything. What would you be capable of? Thrown together by a vindictive and mysterious mutual enemy, Sam and Jack are about to discover they might be each other’s only hope.
Once again here Chris Brookmyre demonstrates his skillful plotting and peerless writing. Want You Gone is a masterclass in complexity, tension and shrewd wit, and many passages bear immediate repetition to fully appreciate their smart structure. Some might consider the first half a bit of a slow burner but I really enjoyed the build up to the story’s climax and some of the more tense points were nerve-shreddingly unbearable!
Jack is at his dry, pessimistic and reluctantly-involved best here, and Sam is a very sympathetic and surprising character. I can’t wait to see what Chris Brookmyre (and Jack!) does next. I am very grateful to NetGalley, Little, Brown Book Group UK and for the opportunity to read the ARC of Want You Gone by one of my favourite authors.