"You should be actively looking for things that challenge your existing opinion."
"Yes, she'd been their English teacher and yearbook advisor, but that didn't explain her excessive collecting of signatures and tributes next to every senior's photo..."
By Megan Thomas I reviewed this for the December edition of Buzz Magazine in the Book of the Month slot, which you can get for free all over South Wales now. I must admit that I went into reading it a little sceptical - it was like the crime/thriller equivalent of naming a romance novel…
“Practise losing small things, so you're better at losing bigger things.”
The dark, twisted, and sometimes hilariously ridiculous world of drugs, desperation and rave culture. All of this, somehow, without ever being too morbid.
Before reading the novel, I never expected to be using the phrase “religious banter”, but here I am.
"I could follow her logic and the way it worked just from the photograph, briefly falling into a memory once more that suggested that I myself had taken the photograph."
Shortlisted for the 2019 Encore Award for Best second novel, Daniel Shand's Crocodile is stylistic and effective.