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2007 – Surrender, by Sonya Hartnett

April 7, 2009

I am dying: it’s a beautiful word. Like the long slow sigh of a cello: dying. But the sound of it is the only beautiful thing about it.

As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years, which have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small, unforgiving town and distant, punitive parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends — his dog, Surrender, and the unruly wild boy, Finnigan, a shadowy doppelganger with whom the meek Gabriel once made a boyhood pact. But when a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realizes how unpredictable and dangerous Finnigan is. As events begin to spiral violently out of control, it becomes devastatingly clear that only the most extreme measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good.

Surrender is a mesmerizing psychological thriller from extraordinary novelist Sonya Hartnett.

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  1. Kell permalink
    January 26, 2011 9:25 am

    Loved the writing, didn’t like the story. The narrator was a bit TOO unreliable for me.

    I have a full review (warning, though, tons of spoilers in it) up on The Re-Shelf if you want to hear some ranting and my best guesses as to what actually happened in this book.

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