Raging was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author: Stephen Scarcliffe
Publication date: 28th February 2020
Genre: urban crime thriller
Rating: 3 stars
A bloody turf war is erupting between the shellsuit gangsters and the Donaldsons, while the family outcasts look to take advantage of the disorder on the streets…
Who torched Dougie Donaldson’s taxi?
Why are the bodies piling up in the high rises?
Why is a scorned figure from the past poking his nose into everyone’s business?
As things escalate, Billy Wright is forced to question who is plotting against him as he is dragged even deeper into the world he is trying to escape. George Donaldson is sucked into a bitter feud with childhood pals that forces him to answer serious doubts around his loyalties and Sean Donaldson schemes to shift the balance of power in Muirhouse, hellbent on revenge against the uncle who has frozen him out of the family drug business.
Will Billy fulfil the promise he made to girlfriend Lyndsay and leave the life of crime behind as fatherhood approaches? Can George successfully defend his old man’s territory in the face of mounting adversity? Is there any line Sean won’t cross in his quest for supremacy?
Content warnings: drug abuse, murder, brutal violence, off page rape, miscarriage and body mutilation.
I’ve never really read a book like this before so I was very weary going in. This was a really interesting premise and concept. I’ve never read about rival gangs and it was really interesting to see how this works.
This was a really tough read for a number of reasons
- Raging has very graphic scenes of violence.
- Raging was really difficult to read due to the way the dialogue was written. It was very hard to understand at first but once I got the hang of it, it was easier.
- there was so many characters in this story and the perspectives kept changing so I kept getting confused on who was who.
Although I had some problems with this story I did enjoy it quite a bit. It was a very intense read with a lot of violence and scheming which was really interesting to follow.
About Stephen Scarcliffe:
Growing up around the north of Edinburgh where the Chemical Estate book series is set lends first-hand experience and authenticity to both the story and its characters.
Around 14 years ago, and 4 pints (or more) down, I bumped into a certain Irvine Welsh in a pub in Edinburgh city centre. After giving him a copy of a short story I had written, I received a really encouraging email that spurred me on to write a novel. The process was extended somewhat by spending 10 years as the singer-songwriter for Edinburgh Alt-rock band The Number 9s, before opting to turn my main focus to writing. Two books in now with number 3 in development I hope to continue for many years to come
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