Today is the day that Simon Van der Velde’s debut crime novel is out. Published by Northodox Press The Silent Brother is set mostly in the east end of Newcastle (England), in the recent past. Below I give you the book blurb, so that you can be one of the first to read Simon Van der Velde’s latest book.
When his beloved little brother is stolen away, five-year-old Tommy Farrier is left alone with his alcoholic mam, his violent step-dad and his guilt. Too young to understand what has really happened, Tommy is sure of only one thing. He is to blame.
Tommy tries to be good, to live-up to his brother’s increasingly hazy memory, but trapped in a world of shame and degradation he grows up with just two options; poverty or crime. And crime pays. Or so he thinks.
A teenage drug-dealer for the vicious Burns gang, Tommy’s life is headed for disaster, until, in the place he least expects, Tommy sees a familiar face… And then things get a whole lot worse.
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For those of you new to this great author, his previous book Backstories won the Peoples’ Favorite Gold Medal for outstanding fiction. Backstories II will be out later this year.
All the best, Emma of EmmabBooks.com