Troll

Written by D B Thorne

Review written by Adam Colclough

Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.


Troll
Corvus
RRP: £12.99
Released: June 1 2017
PBK

Fortune is a man who made enough money to match his name; but did so by dubious means and losing touch with his family. When his troubled daughter disappears and the police investigation stalls, Fortune takes matters into his own hands. He discovers that his daughter may have been the target of an internet troll with an old score to settle and no conscience about how he does so.

D B Thorne brings together fears old and new to create a thriller that is not only prescient but darkly realistic and decidedly unsettling. He illustrates how easily information can be used to manipulate - in our connected modern world, to the point where it undermines the idea that anything we see or hear can ever be true. It adds to the age-old fear that we suffer: dying before we have the chance to redress the wrongs we have inflicted upon others.

The tone is unrelentingly dark; Thorne understands the gnawing emptiness at the heart of a society obsessed with the lives and misbehaviour and banality of minor celebrities. He also indicates the possibility of slipping through the cracks of a societal structure that appears to pay lip-service to the care of the vulnerable. Thorne’s damaged characters are seldom entirely likable, but they always remain believable; heightening the impact of their experiences upon shaping their fate and allowing some to attain redemption of sorts.

 

 




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