The Hit by Melvin Burgess, reviewed by Anthony McGowan
McGowan reckons Melvin Burgess’s latest novel is a “humdinger” and “might have been a masterpiece”. Read the whole review to discover where McGowan considers the novel strikes one false note.
At his best, Burgess gives us, in the place of jolly japes and sweet imaginings, something very like the truth – at times bitter, often tragic, always gripping – of teenage existence. It’s something that even authors as great as Alan Garner and Aidan Chambers, caught up in a more literary tradition, never quite pulled off.
The Hit has many of the elements that make Burgess such a compelling writer. The sex, drugs and rock’n’roll are there, and that distinctive Burgess prose – swaggering, intense and exciting – thrums through it all.