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Last year, Ollie Morcombe was a star pupil, popular and a gifted musician.

Then, after the accident, everything changed. Now he's an outcast, a prime target of the school bullies who have made his life a living hell.

Today - the last day of the school year - he's brought those bullies a gift. A homemade pipe bomb.

What has driven a model student to plan an unspeakable revenge? And with the clock ticking down to home time, what can anybody do to stop him?

©2020 James Goodhand (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • 29-07-20

Well written and gritty.

This book was very different to what I normally listen to. I think it was described to me as a young adult book written for adults. I think this is a fair description. Living in a country that has suffered from school shootings, I didn’t know if I could face a possible pipe bomb theme.

Bullying, teasing, mental illness and PTSD are really real and heartbreaking.

I was glad Olly got the support he needed. But I feel the last 20 minutes of the book was absolutely spot on. His wise gramps felt the guilt that he could have done more - but if we don’t know, we can miss the signs. He was also able to have a frank conversation in the car journey and saying what can never happen again. I think the parents of the bullies are the ones who miss the signs...or maybe turn a blind eye.

The narrator was very good. He got the tone of teen boys perfectly.

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