Barracuda – a book review

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

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.


Barracuda 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.



2 thoughts on “Barracuda – a book review

  1. I must admit, I hated The Slap. It’s one of those rare books that I never got to the end of. This sounds like it would engage me more though, especially as I’m fascinated by sport psychology.

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