Sunday, 25 December 2011

The Stuttering Tattoo by Greg Logsted

Steven Bishop is extraordinarily ordinary. He goes to school. He rides his motorcycle. He stutters. His best friend is a former Colombian cartel hit man turned cook/construction worker. You know, ordinary. All that changes the day Becky Moore walks into his classroom. Becky is dazzling, enigmatic.

One day Steven gives Becky a ride home on his motorcycle. There, they discover a severed arm, one of the fingers of which still has an unusual ring attached: a circle, in the middle of which is a heart, at the center of which is a bold number 37. While comforting Becky, Steven discovers a tattoo at the base of her neck: it is the same symbol. And so begins a thrilling descent into a world of crime and murder, a ride wilder than any Steven has taken before.

So one thing that I'm still confused about in this book, is the title. It really doesn't make any sense. The lead character stutters and Becky has a tattoo ..... but why The Stuttering Tattoo? It makes no sense to me what-so-ever. But that's got nothing to do with the actual storyline, just a little irk that I had.

Interesting and tense .... mystery, crime type book? I suck at genre-fying books, just an FYI. Steven is instantly in love with Becky, as all teenagers are want to do in books. But there's more to Becky than meets the eye, especially when she's completely against him after the whole arm in the garden incident. Turns out, her "family" aren't very happy with her. I can't say too much without spoilers.

Steven is a good lead, he's imperfect and has some flaws, but he works hard to try and find out more about Becky and save her from her "family". A proper wee page turner that turned out to be a quick read since I didn't want to put it down and do a silly thing like sleep (unfortunately I had to at some point, I do have a job!). Definitely worth a pick up and I'll be keeping an eye out for more from Greg Logsted.

Amazon UK: The Stuttering Tattoo

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