#BlogTour #Review ~ Lost In Static by Christina Philippou

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Lost in Static

Sometimes growing up is seeing someone else’s side of the story.
Four stories. One truth. Whom do you believe?

Callum has a family secret. Yasmine wants to know it. Juliette thinks nobody knows hers. All Ruby wants is to reinvent herself.

They are brought together by circumstance, torn apart by misunderstanding. As new relationships are forged and confidences are broken, each person’s version of events is coloured by their background, beliefs and prejudices. And so the ingredients are in place for a year shaped by lust, betrayal, and violence…

Lost in Static is the gripping debut from author Christina Philippou. Whom will you trust?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Urbane Publications (15 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910692700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910692707

Purchase

Lost in Static is available from, amongst others,  Amazon UK  Amazon US and direct from the publisher,  Urbane Publications

About the Author 

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Christina Philippou’s writing career has been a varied one, from populating the short-story notebook that lived under her desk at school to penning reports on corruption and terrorist finance. When not reading or writing, she can be found engaging in sport or undertaking some form of nature appreciation. Christina has three passports to go with her three children, but is not a spy. Lost in Static is her first novel.

Christina is also the founder of the contemporary fiction author initiative, Britfic

You can connect with Christina on  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram and  Google +

My Review

I was gripped from the outset of this book. Somebody lying in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs, subsequently whisked away in ambulance you just know there has to be a juicy conclusion at some point.

The story takes us through the first year of a group of students, an extremely unique method of writing which involves each chapter being told by one of the main characters.

Yasmine, thinks she is Miss Popular, basically a spoilt brat who will stop at nothing to gain what/who she wants.

Juliette, a pleasant enough girl, all be it a chain smoker, but also swayed by her religious background.

Ruby, a real tom-boy, loves football, very insecure, the hand-me-down clothes sort of girl who has a likeable personality and certain attraction that the boys find alluring even though she is unaware of it.

Callum, possibly my favourite of the four, typical hunk, all the girls love him and he knows it but he is harbouring a secret that makes him rather wary of mixing and letting his guard down.

This is a down to earth view of the life of a uni student, away from home for the first time, suddenly free to binge drink, experiment with drugs, sex and sometimes even cooking! The beauty of it is we actually begin to see into the minds of these young people and a myriad of friends, how they generally spend their days, what they are thinking, how friendships are formed but just as quickly wrenched apart by betrayal. It is absolutely fascinating and addictive reading.

I liked the way Callum channels his thoughts via email, the mystery is who is he sending them to? Juliette get’s further embroiled in the bible, Yasmine escalates her mean streak and Ruby, well Ruby tries to hold it all together. She has the habit of talking to herself, it took me a while to get into the rhythm of the way she repeats things but it soon becomes natural to her character.

By the time I had finished I had almost forgotten that I was waiting for the grand reveal of ‘who’ was at the bottom of the stairs and why because there is so much going on. I whizzed through this in a couple of sittings purely because I felt as though I was there with them and didn’t want to miss out on the conversation!

This is the debut novel from this author and based on this I can’t wait for more .. it was so refreshing to have a new approach to story telling. I really enjoyed it … I am however grateful that my kids have done the Uni stint because I would wrap them in cotton wool and never allow them out of sight after reading this! 

Huge thanks to Christina for asking me to be a part of this tour and Urbane Publishers for the ARC. stars-5-0._V192197110_

 

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