Book Club Pick: December 2018
Title: Born Scared
Author: Kevin Brooks
Series: Stand alone novel
Country: Great Britain
Publisher: Electric Monkey
First Published: 2016
Elliot is terrified of almost everything.
The only thing that keeps his fears in check are the pills that he takes every day, and his mother, the one person he loves and trusts.
A mistake means that Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mother nips out to collect his prescription. It’s just 482 metres down the road – but she doesn’t back back. Does Elliot stay and wait, or does he try to find her? It’s only 482 metres. It might as well be 482 miles…
When one thinks of a Christmas story they probably think of a cosy, warm hearted story filled with Christmas cheer. This year I choose read something a bit different – a psychological teen thriller that takes place on Christmas Eve.
Thirteen-year-old Elliot suffers from a severe anxiety disorder. He is terrified over almost everything. Elliot claims to remember his birth and his twin sister Ellamay, who died at birth. He has internal conversations with Ellamay.
It is Christmas Eve, there has been a snowstorm, and there has been a mix-up with Elliot’s medication. Elliot’s mother sets out leaving him home alone after Elliot’s aunt, who agreed to collect the medication from the pharmacy is late and unreachable by phone.
We also see two robbers dressed in Santa suits and the office Christmas party, which sees a bank manager on a drug-fuelled bender that involves a police chase.
All these elements connect together for a gripping, tense, intelligent exploration of mental illness with an explosive ending.
If you are looking for a more upbeat holiday fare please check out my past Christmas themed book reviews – What Light by Jay Asher and Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle
Source: I borrowed this book from my public library.