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Murderous mystery, mental health and maths | Disturbingly dark thriller where maths, mental health and murder mix in a good read!
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.
Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked. Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine. Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength.
Dazzling. It's as though Escher and Schroedinger had collaborated on a thriller. M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts
White Rabbit, Red Wolf is incredible. My mind is blown. It's thrilling, SO smart and packs an emotional punch. A Beautiful Mind meets The Bourne Identity with complicated and fascinating teenage protagonists. Author Tom Pollock skillfully weaves together mental health, complicated mathematics, murder, and mystery - resulting in a brilliant and unforgettable psychological thriller. Katherine Webber, author of Wing Jones
Breathless, smart, twisty and heartfelt! Like a YA Le Carre. Kim Curran, author of Shift
Exceptional. It's funny, bleak and emotionally brutal, and had me permanently on the edge of my seat. Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of Moskva, The Last Banquet and 9Tail Fox
A dazzling, dizzying rollercoaster of a novel, about memory and family and other things you can't completely trust. It will twist your brain in the best possible way. Will Hill, author of After the Fire and The Department 19 series
|Publication date:||3rd May 2018|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Gritty Reads, Thrillers|
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.More About Tom Pollock