Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Promo and Publicity for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Who’s There? by Kerena Swan.
Appearances can be deceptive…
Arnold Eastwood is thrilled when social services allocate him a flat all of his own. Independence hasn’t come easily to a young man with Downs Syndrome but now he has the chance to live free from his mum’s nagging, find a girlfriend, watch endless movies and make new friends.
Meanwhile, a London drug gang is setting up a supply line in Arnold’s town. They’re looking for someone to deliver drugs for them and somewhere to set up a base of operations.
Soon Arnold and his flat are in the drug gang’s sights. Drawn into the dark underworld of crack cocaine and modern slavery, Arnold soon discovers that friends can, in fact, be deadly enemies.
The question is: can he break free?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Arnold Eastwood wants his own place to live independently from his family but his mum would be much happier if he would stay with them. The council have offered him a flat in one of the less desirable housing estates and he is determined to move there. The problem is, Arnold has Down Syndrome and is far too trusting of people.
There are a couple of other stories running along side Arnold’s which are also about other vulnerable young people that have slipped under the radar due to the overworked social service system. Chip at only fourteen had been taken under the wing of a London drug dealer and saw him as the closest thing he had to family.
When Chip is sent into the suburbs to set up a new place to sell drugs to the kids in the surrounding area he latches on to Saskia and moves into her flat to work from there. Arnold now lives next door to her. It isn’t long before the drug dealer moves in too where he soon gets them all involved up to their necks in the making and supplying of drugs.
Back at Arnold’s mum’s things have taken a turn for the worse, with his sister back home and out of work and serious health problems for his mum. With no-one to keep their eye on Arnold, he is soon feeling out of his depth and frightened.
The author has personal experience in social services and with children that have disabilities and this definitely comes across in the story. The characters have an authenticity about them, making them feel real. It shows how the drug dealer works making situations where it is impossible to get out of for anyone vulnerable. Arnold had lived quite a sheltered life at home so had been an easy target. A real eye-opener of a story that will stay with you.
I wish to thank Book on the Bright Side Promo and Publicity for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kerena Swan trained as a Social Worker and worked for Social Services for over 25 years. For the past 14 years she has owned and managed an ‘outstanding’ rated agency for children with disabilities. Following serious illnesses she decided to fulfil her long-held ambition of writing a book and getting it published. ‘Dying to See You’, published by Bloodhound Books, was her debut novel.
After many years of writing professionally in the course of her work, Kerena has discovered the exhilaration and deep joy of writing fiction and can be found at all hours in front of her computer. Her second novel ‘Scared to Breathe’ is now available and her third book, ‘Who’s There?’ will be released on December 13th 2019.
Kerena lives with her family in a small village in Bedfordshire, UK and her books are set in the surrounding areas.
Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience of the problematic world of social work and social studies, Kerena adds a unique angle to the domestic noir and crime genre.
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