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A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon

Title: A Life to Waste A Life to Waste

Author: Andrew Lennon

Publisher: Create Space

Published: September 6th, 2013

Rating: 4/5

A gripping story about Dave, a keen athlete whose Olympic dreams are wrecked in a car crash in which he is injured and his coach dies. The psychological trauma of the event has a traumatic impact on his life and attitude, leading him essentially to drink, eat and sleep his life away whilst living at home with his Mum. That was his life for the rest of his teenage years and throughout his twenties. The start of the story gives you the background to his life but then other horrific events result in a dramatic change transforming his attitude and his life – but you need to read it yourself to find out how and why!

The book is well paced and the characters are brilliantly portrayed. Whilst Dave is obviously wasting his life the background information is given in a manner that still makes the reader feel sorry for him and his inability to cope with the loss of his previous life goals. The introduction of suspense and horror is initially subtle but quickly crescendos leaving you on the edge of your seat, desperate for things to be resolved, the narrated style of writing actually enhances this, making the reader feel they are actually there. This isn’t ‘just’ a horror story, it is a psychological thriller which entices the reader leaving them unwilling to put stop reading till the book finishes.

A great debut novella and I’ll look forward to reading more from this author in future! At the time of writing the ebook version of this was available free of charge from Amazon.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk    amazon.com     barnes and noble

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