You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

*My thanks to Mollie at Pushkin Press for my ARC copy of You Were Never Really Here to read and review.*

About the book:

A former Marine and ex–FBI agent, Joe has seen one too many crime scenes and known too much trauma, and not just in his professional life. Solitary and haunted, he prefers to be invisible. He doesn’t allow himself friends or lovers and makes a living rescuing young girls from the deadly clutches of the sex trade. But when a high-ranking New York politician hires him to extricate his teenage daughter from a Manhattan brothel, Joe uncovers a web of corruption that even he may not be able to unravel. When the men on his trail take the only person left in the world who matters to him, he forsakes his pledge to do no harm. If anyone can kill his way to the truth, it’s Joe.

My thoughts:

This novella packs a punch in its short pages! You Were Never Really Here opens with some action and the pace never stops until the end. I had no idea what to expect when I started it, but by the end I was wishing it was a full novel because I didn’t want it to end.

I’m not going to lie, I was drawing comparisons with a certain Mr. Child and his Jack Reacher character while I was reading this book. Joe is very similar to Reacher which in itself if was enough to make me want more.

The plot, for such a short book, was gripping. The sex trade is never an easy one to tackle, and especially not when you add in corruption and murder. I found You Were Never Really here to be violent but unflinching read.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and like I said, I only wish it was longer. Seriously, that is my only criticism. Gripping, violent, fast and full of action it is a brilliant novella. So much detail, and excellent characterisation squeezed into so few pages and yet it is still superb.

I highly recommend You Were Never Really Here. It’s out at the end of July, and you can pre-order your copy by clicking the link below:

You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

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