#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017
Everyone knows about the rise in computer hacking over the past few years. SO much of our lives is now played out online, so much data gathered about us that you can’t look up a book on Amazon without then seeing it as an advert on your Facebook or Twitter feeds about a dozen times a day. There was a time when cookies were just those things your Mum and Gran served you with a glass of cold milk. Now they track your every virtual move. But what if you were exploiting this loophole, this collection of data, and using it to your advantage, for fun and reward? And what then if this information is used against you. When the very tech you rely on becomes the thing which could cost you your freedom or your life? Well that is the premise of my next top read of 2017. Yes – book 2 in my #bookvent countdown is …
Want You Gone
by Chris Brookmyre
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.
Oh how I loved this book. Cyber-geekery of the most intense variety. I loved the way in which Chris Brookmyre approached this subject, with a kind of combined awe and reproach for the capabilities of the hacker community. And also that the protagonist in this story – the geek extraordinaire – is possibly the least likely person, at least in the eyes of the world. If you pictured a super-hacker, someone capable of bringing down corporations world-wide, you probably wouldn’t imagine the person that Brookmyre has created here. I really liked Sam, a girl caught between the need to look after her sister, the desire to the right thing but the overwhelming need to feed her geekish hunger. And Jack Parlabane? Well he’s totally out of his depth here – out geeked and out manoeuvred he has no option but to get involved. They do make a great, if somewhat unusual team and this despite the subject matter, this book has the adrenalin pumping so much I couldn’t read it fast enough. Loved it.
You can read my full review of Want You Gone right here. You can also purchase a copy of the book from the following retailers.
Happy #bookvent reading all