PositiveThe GuardianNoon has a Ballardian understanding of the intoxicating magic of celebrity, and its impact on a text. He masterfully casts the spell of Bell’s dark glamour with tinctures of Bowie – his absence rather than his presence ... a belter. Hobbes’s journey into the underworlds of occult obsession and police violence is rich in social and subcultural detail, and Noon’s storytelling is assured and compelling.
PositiveThe GuardianIn Jack Price’s world, killing is as compulsive as popping bubble wrap: \'like Candy Crush\', as he says, \'but with murder.\' The Price You Pay is a catchy and distinctive comic revenge thriller by Aidan Truhen – the pseudonym, we are told, of an established author – with a larger-than-life narrator protagonist. He’s a mouthy wise-ass, whether musing on herbal tea, deciding the free market is \'a prick\', or shooting someone in the eye ... A catchy revenge thriller.