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Crazy House by James Patterson

Crazy House

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June 2017 NewGen Book of the Month.

In a Nutshell: Twins fight for freedom under an authoritarian system

This slickly plotted dystopian thriller set in a terrifying totalitarian regime will keep fans of The Hunger Games gripped to the very last word.

Seventeen-year-old twins Cassie and Becca (known to each another as Careful Cassie and Ridiculous Rebecca) are alike as the idiomatic chalk and cheese. Becca is a born rebel who pushes the boundaries of their strictly regimented society to the limit, while Cassie never steps out of line. When Becca disappears, Cassie is on her own. Their ma has supposedly been “taken away for a mood-adjust”, while Pa is dying in the Lingering Wing. And Becca isn’t the only one to have vanished. Other kids and teenagers have gone too. But while the Provost of their administrative region accuses the disappeared of being “Outsiders, bad citizens, who don't want to live by the cell rules”, Becca’s narrative from within the “crazy house” presents an entirely different interpretation. Inside the prison, executions abound and inmates are subjected to horrific challenges. Dare Becca hope that she can be the first to escape? And can Cassie shake off her cautiousness to save her sister?

Stylistically snappy, and snaking with shocking revelations, the final twist in this tale packs an entirely unpredictable punch. All in all, this is a compulsive must-read for fans of fiction fuelled by badass survivalism. ~ Joanne Owen

If you like James Patterson you might also like to read books by Lisa Gardner, Andrew Gross and Michael Connelly.


Crazy House by James Patterson

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape. Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... But Becca's never been very good at either.

Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.

Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed: They took the wrong twin.


Praise for James Patterson;

'No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades.' - Lee Child

'It’s no mystery why James Patterson is the world’s most popular thriller writer ...Simply put: nobody does it better.' - Jeffery Deaver

'James Patterson is The Boss. End of.' - Ian Rankin

About the Author

James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here.

Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2014 he donated £250,000 to help independent bookshops with a children’s section in the UK. Rafe from the Middle School series also features on the first ever children’s ‘Books are my Bag’ rucksack.

Profile photo credit Rankin.

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18th May 2017


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Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone


368 pages


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