Heartstream – Tom Pollock

Tom Pollock, described as “a powerful new imagination” by The Guardian, is the author of four novels and an ambassador for Talklife—the peer support network for youth mental health where he blogs about his experiences with depression, anxiety and bulimia. Inspired by those experiences, White Rabbit, Red Wolf,  is his first thriller for young adults. A clever, tense psychological thriller, it’s a shattering tale of murder, maths and the mind. Tom’s second YA thriller, Heartstream, is a story about celebrity, intimacy and conspiracy that asks, when everything you see and feel is filtered through the internet, how can you decide who to trust? It publishes in July 2019 ( Walker ).

I just wanted to see you. Before the end. A taut psychological thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal, for fans of Black Mirror.

Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can’t believe that she’s actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can’t know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie.

Amy uses Heartstream, a social media app that allows others to feel your emotions. She broadcasted every moment of her mother’s degenerative illness, and her grief following her death. It’s the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable.

But on the day of Amy’s mother’s funeral, Amy finds a strange woman in her kitchen. She’s rigged herself and the house with explosives – and she’s been waiting to talk to Amy for a long time. Who is she? A crazed fan? What does she want?

Amy and Cat are about to discover how far true obsession can go.

A chilling tale of the desperate hunt for real connection in a social media-driven world.” Amy McCulloch, author of Jinxed and The Potion Diaries

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books (4 July 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406378186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406378184
  • YA SH3LF REVIEW : 5/5

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