Publisher: Vanishing Point Press Ltd.
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / Mystery / Crime Fiction
Goodreads Average: 4.26 *as of 2/01/19*
Just because everyone thinks you’re nothing doesn’t mean you’ve got nothing to lose.
George Engle’s lived in the long shadow of his superstar twin brothers since they died in a freak accident when he was thirteen. Now, in the spring of 1986, George and his childhood friends are living lives they never wanted. It’s easy to sleepwalk through insignificance, until a second freak accident jolts them awake—only it’s no accident.
One night, George regains consciousness just in time to watch an unfamiliar house explode, and finds evidence of the crime he didn’t commit planted on his back seat. He narrowly eludes what may or may not be police and subsequently learns the explosion was a cover-up for three baffling execution-style murders. George was supposed to take the fall, and now the killers are hunting him.
George’s friends reunite to probe the mysterious deaths, a murderous drug cartel, and their own self-deception. But in the process, they’ll discover they can trust no one and nothing—not even their own memories.
What it’s about: George is 28 and has never really been able to make anything of himself. He has big dreams that he never follows up on, and is a guy that generally just fades into the background. But when he wakes up outside of a house that has just exploded with a gun and a knife dripping in blood in the backseat of his car, he needs to make some quick decisions. The last thing he remembers is a girl named Stacia that he was giving a ride home to smiling at him, and then poof she was gone. Then the house exploded. Someone is trying to frame him, but who? And how is he going to get himself out of this mess?
The main plot of The Throwaways has to do with George, but we do get the viewpoints of his old friends Bill, Curt, and Travis as well. Everyone is dealing with their own issues, but they band together to help George. This novel is about the mystery of who is framing George and why, but it also speaks about addiction and old friendships being renewed.
The writing of this book was a little weird for me. I don’t know if it was the language Hawker uses or what, but I found it bugging me. It’s hard for me to explain, but I did want to mention it since that’s the only thing that really held me back from giving this a higher rating. Honestly, I want to read Hawker’s other work just to see if the way she writes is the same all the time, or if it was because this book has a male protagonist instead of female.
When I started The Throwaways I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it because of the writing, but by the time I got to the end I was enjoying it a lot more. And the twist ended up being something I never saw coming. The heartfelt subjects of friendship and overcoming addiction were nice additions to the plot, and I think this is a very worthwhile read if you are looking for a mystery with some soul.
Final Thought: While The Throwaways didn’t completely blow me away or anything, I thought it was a very solid novel and I do want to read more of this author’s work. I heard at an event that The Drowning Game has some of the same characters (only older) even though it was written before this book, so at the very least I will be checking that one out.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to JKS Publicity and the author for sending me this novel and a swag box in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.