13 October 2011

How it Feels

by Brendan Cowell

Picador. Australian, Adult fiction. Paperback, RRP $22.99

The artist, the businessman, the bouncer and the girl. Three best mates and a girl friend growing up in the Sutherland Shire, all finishing their final year of school together – out for the last hurrah. Over the course of their last night as high schoolers an action soon becomes a chain reaction and nothing will ever be the same again…

Over a decade later, at the wedding of two of the friends drugs, debauchery, alcohol, sex, lies, deceit come to a head with powerful consequences.

Neil, Gordon, Stuart and Courtney – four friends, four tortured souls. One becomes famous, two find each other and another dies. What happened to this friendship and the twisted existences of these main players?

How it Feels is a book that is powerful, graphic, interesting and modern. It is very dark, disturbing and confronting with a touch of comedy. I can’t say I liked it but then I couldn’t put it down. I won’t stop talking about it either.

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