Crusher (Crusher, #1)
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Crusher (Crusher #1)

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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  374 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The day Finn Maguire discovers his father bludgeoned to death in a pool of blood, his dreary life is turned upside down. Prime suspect in the murder, Finn must race against time to clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him.


Trawling the sordid, brutal London underworld for answers, Finn exposes dark family secrets and faces danger at every turn. But h...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Random House (first published January 1st 2012)
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Giselle
When I first heard of Crusher I had never heard of it or of the author before, and when looking deeper into it I was surprised to find out the author is actually EL James' (50 Shades) husband. This left me both intrigued and worried. Having been put off of 50 Shades simply from excerpts that made me cringe, I was hoping Niall would be able to create a story that was compelling and exciting, and hopefully void of bizarre tampon scenes.

Well, I can assure you there are, in fact, no tampons! A big r...more
Kate Neilan
I'm not sure where to start with this colander of a young adult ‘crime’ novel. The back of the review copy yells “ The most talked-about debut thriller of 2012” but that might not be for the reason you think. Niall Leonard is in fact the husband of E L James, of Fifty Shades fame/infamy; he wrote Crusher in response to a challenge from his wife to write a book, during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, an American initiative to encourage people to write creatively). The clue’s in the name...more
Wart Hill
That's it. I'm done. Screw that shit.

This book sucks.

The kid's boss talks like a robot for no discernible reason. One of the cops is treating him like the only viable suspect in his dad's murder and informed said boss that he is the only one they're currently investigating. Seriously? I totally buy that.

Plus, nothing happens. Even when "something happens" it's boring as shit.

And the kid is an idiot.

DNF at 25%
Rachel
Actual Rating: 2.75 stars! Not at all awkward, eh? ;)

This book has a great concept. A murder mystery? A bad-ass teenager out for vengeance? Pretty enticing, huh? Well as much as I wanted to love this book, in all honesty, it just fell a little short of my expectations.

The main character, Finn is almost like a male version of Grace in Entangled. He's broken and troubled. His mother walked out on him when he was only a young boy, he dropped out of school early and was bullied because he's dyslexic...more
Angela Oliver
On the back of the uncorrected proof, this book is described as "the most talked about crime thriller of 2012". Say what? I work in a bookstore and nobody has asked for it, nobody has bought it. Tbh, I don't think I've even seen anyone looking at it, and I would be pretty wary about actually selling it to someone! Why? It is apparently targeted at the teenage market, but I would hesitate to let anyone under 16 read this book - it is pretty violent - with the main character killing several people...more
Carly
Can I just start off by saying Wow! I was addicted to this from the first chapter, I was like a zombie all day and it pained me to put the book down to make the dinner, the same night I stayed up well into the wee hours just to finish this fantastic book. And what a page turner it is, I really won't be able to praise it enough. Niall Leonard's writing style is spot on and his characters are really well developed. The best thing about the book for me has to be main character, Finn Maguire, he is...more
Kimba (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)
In the mood for a good mystery thriller I accepted a finished copy of Crusher by Niall Leonard from the publisher. At the time I did not know this author is EL James’ husband or that this tale was written during NaNoWriMo. The tale was action packed and the list of suspects kept me guessing.

The tale begins when we meet Finn a seventeen year old drop out who lives with his step-father a drunk and has been actor who spends his days trying to write the perfect script. Finn goes off to his full-time...more
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
This book is really good. It's like TAKEN meets GET CARTER for young adults. There wasn't non stop action, but when it happened, it was fantastic. I also liked all the twits. I kept thinking it's this person, not it's that person, not it's that person.

I also loved that our hero wouldn't give up even if he thought it would get him killed. I wish there had been more of a love interest, but it's written by a man so you can't expect too much. I'm not saying that there wasn't a love interest there,...more
Laura YA indie princess
Jun 25, 2012 Laura YA indie princess marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012, wish-list-2012
This is Naill's first YA and his wife author EL James (Fifty Shades Series) encouraged him to write this story. I went to the Random House book blogger brunch 2 weeks ago and there was a massive buzz about this book I can't wait to read it.
Beverly
Aug 30, 2013 Beverly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: 14-16
Recommended to Beverly by: indie next list/indiebound.org
Crusher is an old school murder mystery in the best sense. There are multiple plausible suspects, a tenacious teen turned detective, scary bad guys, a mysterious beautiful girl who shows up out of nowhere, and nail biting action packed suspense. When Finn comes home from his depressing fast food job to find his father dead in a pool of blood, he is flummoxed. His father was an unemployed recluse, and they are too poor to have anything to steal. The police are flummoxed, too. That is why Finn is...more
Liviania
CRUSHER was so obviously a generic thriller title that I paid it little attention. Imagine my surprise when it was relevant to the story in multiple ways. It's one of the many ways CRUSHER was a pleasant surprise. It landed on my porch not too long ago, but caught my attention because it had been overnighted. That's not usual for an unsolicited review copy.

The included letter started by talking about Niall Leonard's wife, E L James (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) and mentioned he'd just written CRUSHER l...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Though my collection of crime/suspense books is pathetically sparse, I can say with utmost confidence that this one was one of the better ones I’ve read.

The novel introduces us to Finn Maguire – a dyslexic drop out with little prospects for the future. He’s not unhappy for the most part; he’s just one of those kids who roll with the punches. Abandoned by his own mother to the care of his stepfather, he’d had to make do with whatever he can to survive. He just didn’t expect his life to be at a co...more
Evie
I think it's between 3.5 and 4.0 stars for me, but I liked it enough to give it a full 4 :)

Niall Leonard's YA debut, Crusher, is a solid, well-written mystery/thriller featuring a character that breaks the mold, a murder case with an unexpected conclusion, and a whole lot of action in between. Fast-paced, easily digestible and quite entertaining, it's a book that will appeal to fans of noir and crime fiction suitable for the young adult audience.

While the premise of this novel is a rather sim...more
David Savage
Crusher is a fast paced thriller that grips you right from the start.

17 year old Finn Maguire comes home from work one day to find his out of work actor/screenplay writer father slumped over the table, his head had been smashed in and he was dead.

The police think his is responsible so he is determined to find the real killer and the reason why someone would kill his father. While trying to find a murderer he also has to deal with the loss of his father and try to figure out how to cope with fun...more
Bee
As a long term lover of crime thrillers, none of which would fall under the YA category, I felt a slight trepidation with this being my first venture into the world of crime as seen from a 17 year olds perspective.

Finn Maguire's world is turned on its head when he arrives home to find his only constant family member has been murdered. A reasonably rough background gives him the wherewithal to deal with the after effects of the mess he is left to deal with on his own - something most adults woul...more
Joella www.cinjoella.com
Finn Maguire is a high-school drop out and works at a horrid job. Even though he doesn’t know quite what he wants to do with his life, he does know that he doesn’t like being pushed around or taken advantage of. When he comes home from work one day to find that his step-dad has been murdered, his life explodes in a confusion of suspicion, dread, and danger. The police don’t really think Finn is innocent, so Finn has to figure out the case all by himself. As he works to discover what happened, he...more
Barrie Summy
In a nutshell: High-school dropout Finn Maguire arrives home from his crappy fast-food job to find his stepdad bludgeoned to death in their London flat. Of course, our Finn is the main suspect, and he takes on the mystery in order to clear his name. And to find out what really happened to his stepdad.

The stepdad (an out-of-work actor and, then, a wannabe writer) was working on a screenplay about one of London's mobsters. Finn thinks. He really didn't pay that much attention when his stepdad was...more
kingshearte
I'm given to understand (although not through an official source, so it may or may not be accurate) that this book was written as part of NaNoWriMo. OK, first let me say that I have nothing but respect for those who undertake such a commitment. It's a lot of work, and takes a certain dedication to power through that. However, I think that most participants would agree that one does not generally send off the resulting manuscript on December 1st.

This book had some things going for it, but it need...more
Trina-Marie
2.5 stars.
This book was an odd one for me. There were times I really enjoyed it, and then there were parts that seemed to drag. I think it started well, but sort of fell flat towards the end.I would have liked for Finn to be fleshed out a bit more, because it was difficult for me to really connect with him.I wanted to feel for him, but since I didn't connect with him it was difficult. I also didn't like Zoe. I think she was a character that I was supposed to like, but I really didn't care what h...more
Lauren
I liked Crusher, not heaps, obviously, but well enough. I got through it quite easily, my curiosity to find out whodunit keeping me interested.

I, for, one, didn't expect the ending at all!

I liked Finn straight off.
Finn is a good guy with dyslexia and a love for boxing. When he was five his mother left him and his father, and Finn has never forgiven her for it. He got mixed up in drugs when he was fourteen because his father was stuck in his glory days and bringing in no money because of it. He...more
Crissy
This book starts out with a great intro chapter, sets the scene for the whole story. I enjoyed Finn and even is poor murdered Dad.

The story offers all sorts of twists and possible murderers to keep the reader guessing. The story is not the best suspense thriller book I've read, but this one is targeted to YA, and in the genre does a good job and I would recommend it.

As for the E L James connection, don't let it scare you away. You would never know this was written by anyone connected with Fifty...more
Catty
4,5*
Strašne sa mi to páčilo. Žiadne nadprirodzeno, Londýn, vraždy, bolo to drsné, hlavný hrdina, ktorý je veľmi zlý a bije sa na každom kroku, proste sa mi to páčilo. Veľmi :)
Lori Ness
I actually really enjoyed Crusher. This book was nominated for several debut novel awards and I can completely understand why. Niall Leonard has written some of the best television screenplays in the UK and this book shows his experience and expertise.

Crusher reads like a movie, its quick and sharp. At only 336 pages, it can be read in a day. It is enjoyable to hear the different terms that are used in London and the UK that I wouldn't normally hear in the US. The author artfully drops clues alo...more
Rebecca (BookBacon)
*3.5 stars*
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Finn Maguire can barely read. He’s a high school dropout, an excellent fighter and he has a turbid past.

To compound his problems, Finn finds his father murdered one night. Even though his dad is disorganized, cheap and a failed actor, Finn knows he must solve the crime or possibly face jail time because he is the prime suspect.

The story is gritty for sure, but the pace continuously changes as the fight scenes are quick and intense...more
Marina
Amazing! A must read for thriller fans!
Kris
When I'm told to expect a thriller, I expect lots of action, suspense, and, well, thrills. The tone I got from this book was bland. It seems as though Finn is supposed to be a cool, analytical guy. He doesn't sure much emotion when he comes across grotesque scenes or kills a guy in self-defense, and he doesn't seem to have much feelings about his dad (official title: stepfather). Despite being a total amateur at sleuthing and the great dangers involved, Finn suddenly decides to find his dad's mu...more
Willinda
Když bylo Finnovi jedenáct let, opustila ho matka. Od té doby žije pouze s nevlastním otcem, hercem veteránem, který už několik let pouze píše a neustále přepisuje scénář k vlastní televizní show. Nejsou zámožná rodina, Finn je dyslektik, který nedokončil školu, má záznam v trestním rejstříku za prodej drog, a momentálně pracuje na plný úvazek na kase v jednom odporném fastfoodu. Otec sedí doma, píše a chodí na výzkumy kvůli svému scénáři, které ale až příliš často (přesněji řečeno neustále) kon...more
Aparajitabasu
Really expected a lot more from this. Presenting Crusher by Niall Leonard.

Here is the summary of the book:

To catch a killer,Finn Maguire may have to become one....Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is turned upside downas he become's the prime suspect. How can he clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him? Facing danger at every turn, uncovering dark family secrets and braving the seedy London und...more
Luanne Ollivier
Crusher is Niall Leonard's debut novel.

Finn Maguire returns home from his dead end job at a fast food place to find his house dark. Although it's just him and his dad since his mother ran off five years ago, his Dad usually waits up for him. Finn finds his dad inside - bludgeoned to death at his desk.

The cops arrive but rather than treat Finn as a victim, they see him as the suspect. When the cops are forced to release him, Finn decides to find answers himself. And his first steps lead him to a...more
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Niall Leonard grew up in Newry, Northern Ireland. In 1977 he attended the University of York to study English, and from there went on to The UK National Film and Television School where he trained as a screenwriter and director. His first film was Absolution, an old-fashioned revenge thriller with a supernatural twist, filmed on location in Newry in 1983 and starring Derek Halligan. Niall returned...more
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