Review: Jeremy by Matt Hickman

Book Description:

An eleven year old schoolboy shouldn’t find his life complicated. Jeremy does.
Jeremy is a normal young boy. His father is a successful business man, and often spoils the boy with lavish, expensive rewards to compensate for their lack of quality time together. His mother is a socialite who feeds off her husband’s healthy income; she spends more time at the salon than with her son, and considers Jeremy to be nothing but a hindrance.
He has two best friends; Cole and Samuel. The boys have been close since primary school. The boys rarely get in trouble and perform well academically. They are generally respected by their superiors and their peers.
When the boys start secondary school, a run in with one of the bullies results in a freak accident, one that puts Jeremy in a coma and leaves him fighting for his life.
When he awakes and finds himself in rehabilitation, he soon begins to learn that something much more sinister has been awoken within.

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Eleven-year-old Jeremy is a smart kid. He gets good grades in school and has a couple of close friends. What many people don’t know about him is that he’s bullied in school and lives a life filled with neglect from his parents. He’s an only child so other than his friends, he has no one.

After one of the bullies attacks Jeremy and his friend outside of school, Jeremy is hit by a car and ends up in a coma. When he wakes up, he’s changed, and not in a good way.

If I’m perfectly honest, this isn’t my first taste into Matt Hickman’s work, and some of his short stories weren’t the best, or at least they didn’t appeal to me. However, as is the case with every writer, the more he writes, the better he gets.

Jeremy is a solid piece of writing that surprised me. Hickman demonstrated an ability to tell a well thought out story in a way that held my interest and made me care about the characters. He’s more confident in his writing and presents clear, consistent dialogue and the ability to move a story along at just the right pace.

At just over 100 pages, Jeremy is a quick, entertaining read that is well worth the price.

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