#Blogtour The RIP by Mark Brandi @mb_randi @Legend_Press #TheRip

A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard.
Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along.
He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can’t stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right.
But the flat smells weird.
There’s a lock on Steve’s bedroom door.
And the guy is intense.

My Review

A first person narrative, a narrator with no name, but a voice that was loud and powerful, Brandi gave us a young girl, tough, drug addicted and living on the streets. Her only friend appeared to be fellow addict, Anton and her beloved dog Sunny.

Their chance meeting with Anton’s old friend Steve acted as a catalyst for events that led Brandi to write a story that was unflinching and realistic. At times you wanted to hide behind your hand as you waited with baited breath to see what would happen next.

You knew Steve was not someone they could trust, the smell in the flat, the road he appeared to be taking Antonio on all spelled danger, yet she had unwavering loyalty, despite the promise of the next drug hit.

And that was what Brandi did so well, the portrayal of the addict, the need to feed the addiction, as common sense, safety and well-being were thrown out of the window. The beginnings of withdrawal, the sheer utter bliss as the drug coursed through her veins left you in no doubt of the power it held over her. When events spiralled out of control, you wanted her to find that inner resolve to fight her way out, to be the person you knew she could be.

Brandi’s narrative was punchy, almost abrupt in places, as it perfectly mirrored the harsh and brutal nature of his narrators life. A life on the streets where danger lurked, but also where friendships were made, where the fellow homeless looked after one another. It gave the novel balance, that prevented it from slipping into the stereotypical, that showed life on the streets may be tough but for some it’s where they want to be, where they are happy.

The Rip was one of those novels that doesn’t come along very often, it’s unflinching betrayal of a life we would never want for ourselves was superb. For all it’s darkness, it had light and hopefulness, a character that liked and admired, an author that proved once again how talented they were.

I would like to thank Legend Press for a copy of The Rip to read and review and to Lucy Chamberlain for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

Mark has worked extensively in the justice system, before deciding to write. Originally from Italy, Mark grew up in a rural Australian town. He now lives in Melbourne and is working on his next book. He is the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger and 2018 Indie Debut Fiction Award.

Twitter: @mb_randi

Instagram: @mb_randFollowing


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