Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
Published by RHCP
Why? is the burning question on everyone’s lips. Why would a guy like Mathéo Walsh want to die? At seventeen, he is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great mates and is the envy of everyone around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, well-adjusted guy...
Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. He no longer trusts himself around people: he only wants to hurt, wound and destroy. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster.
Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever...
I literally have no idea where to begin with this review nor am I sure I have the words to do it justice. What follows is probably going to be a ramble about what I think since I have read this glorious book.
Hurt is the story of Mattie. Mattie wakes up one day with his room smashed to pieces and no memory of why it is so or why from that day on he no longer feels anything and is so sad he is crying himself to sleep most evenings. On the face of it he has it all. A shot at gold at the Olympics as a rising star in the diving world training with the best trainer in the world, a beautiful girlfriend, a world class education and a luxury home. Mattie needs to remember what happened in order to come to terms with what he's been through to help him piece his world back together again.
I loved this book. I loved getting to know Mattie and seeing the contrast between his world that was and the one he was currently living in since the incident. I loved the relationship with his girlfriend Lola and seeing how that develops as the book goes on. I also loved seeing how clinical the relationship with his parents had become with him being used almost as a sign of their status and being paraded out in front of others with no real thought for what Mattie was feeling. Also the scenes with Mattie and his younger brother have to be the most heartfelt and gorgeous scenes I have ever read between two brothers.
I can't tell you too much about this book. Doing so would ruin it completely for you. The story is beautifully written and has you drawn in from the outset to the character's world and you just need to know more. I literally couldn't put it down especially once the revelations started to come out. They smack you straight in the chest shocking you to the core and playing havoc with your emotions. My jaw literally dropped at several points throughout the book and was followed up with me being hit in the face with raw emotion. What is masterful about this book is you don't see it coming and the revelations just keep coming. By the end of the story I was left an emotional wreck after everything I had been through with Mattie.
A stunning book which is beautifully written and packs and emotional punch which will leave you reeling.
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