Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked. Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine. Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength.
I requested this book from Walker YA and was honoured to receive a copy to review. Thank you again, Sophia!
Talk of a roller-coaster ride! If you like books with lots of twists and turns, this is one for you.
The book opens with Peter, struggling through a panic attack. The writing is tense and (through-out the book) manages to show you his fight for control. This could have been a really dark book (and it is at points) but there’s also a lot of humour and sarcasm to lighten the mood.
I wish I could tell you a lot more but this is one of those books you should just dive into. I would hate myself for spoiling anything.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started reading but I can tell you… I was NOT disappointed. The “ow shit” moments all came together in a “NO!!!” ending that left me staring at the back cover as I closed the book. Tom Pollock, how dare you!
The book will be published on May 3rd. I do recommend you pick it up if you enjoy thrillers with unreliable narrators (and side-characters.. seriously, don’t trust anyone!!). It also gives you a very detailed depiction of a young person struggling with severe anxiety. It’s obvious the author wanted to get it right (and I think he did a really good job).
This was a solid read and I really enjoyed the reading experience. I hope you will too!