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Described as "A powerful new imagination" by The Guardian, Tom Pollock is the author of four novels, and an ambassador for Talklife, the peer support network for youth mental health, for whom he blogs about his experiences with depression, anxiety and bulimia at https://blog.talklife.co/. Inspired by those experiences, White Rabbit/Red Wolf is his first thriller for young adults. He lives and works in London.
Cat is in love with a pop star, trying to keep secrets whilst not having the sophistication to cope with all the pressures that brings. Amy uses an app, Heartstream, to stream her emotions to all her many followers, even streaming live whilst at her mother’s funeral. When Amy gets back home, she finds a strange woman waiting for her – and she has rigged the house to explode if anyone tries to enter. What follows is tightly written, a thriller with twists and turns until the final unexpected denouement. Pollock makes you think about fame and how it corrupts; the current growth in use of social media by the young – no doubt we could end up with a Heartstream app in the not too distant future, and how does the morality of that vicarious living feel? A thriller that not only enthrals and excites but asks some very important questions we need to think about today. Sit down and enjoy this masterclass in suspense and obsession.
UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | This explosively unique page-turner sees a seventeen-year-old maths genius with anxiety disorder become embroiled in a treacherous world of espionage following an assassination attempt on his scientist mum. Maths prodigy Pete is afraid of pretty much everything. He suffers from severe panic attacks and, along with the support of his older (by eight minutes) twin sister Bel and fellow maths fanatic friend Ingrid, he uses logic to try to keep himself harnessed. In Pete’s words, “maths governs everything in the world.... I lost myself in the numbers trying to find the mathematics of me”. Pete’s world whirls off in unimaginably unexpected directions when his mum is stabbed at an awards ceremony and a hitherto hidden world unfolds. As Pete and Ingrid deploy what they’re best at to figure out what the hell is going on, the author throws out fresh revelations - just when you think you’ve worked out part of the puzzle, another twist lurches you off-course. Who to trust? What to believe? This incredibly smart thriller defies comparison.