Barracuda – a book review

It’s really great when I actually get to read something new for me!  I’ve always loved reading, it’s something I always make time for at the end of the day.  Atlantic Books have very kindly sent me Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas which was published last month.

BarracudaBarracuda tells the story of Danny Kelly, a young Australian who’s a promising swimmer.  Can you see the irony of me reading a book about a confident swimmer!  That’s what drew me to the story, if I’m honest.  I wanted to read about something, I clearly know nothing about.  I’ve not read The Slap either, so I was ignorant on all levels.

Danny is a complex character, I’m still not sure if I actually like him or not.  Maybe that doesn’t matter, but it didn’t always make this book easy to read.  He sets his sights on Olympic glory, narrows his vision and ultimately destroys himself.

Tender, savage and blazingly brilliant, Barracuda is a novel about dreams and disillusionment, friendship and family.

We follow Danny as he rebuilds his life, comes to terms with the fact that he cannot live his dream.  Realises who his real friends are, what family really means, and he eventually finds himself.  Barracuda is an interesting read, did it totally captivate me?  No, it didn’t keep me up half the night turning pages.  But it did hold me, I wanted to understand this flawed young man.  I wanted to know that he found peace in himself.

disclaimer:  we were sent this book for the purpose of review, our comments remain our own honest opinions.


About Over 40 and a Mum to One

A Mum with a 9 year old son, enjoying life and having fun as my son travels through school life. We love to get outdoors whenever possible and make the most of the world around us. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

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