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Crusher (Crusher #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  606 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
The day Finn Maguire discovers his fathet 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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Random House (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 23, 2012 Giselle rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, own, mystery-thriller
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
Kate Neilan
Sep 16, 2012 Kate Neilan rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen, thriller, crime
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
Aug 30, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 14-16
Recommended to Beverly by: indie next list/
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
Wart Hill
Dec 30, 2013 Wart Hill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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%
Apr 19, 2016 Roci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
Creo que más bien es un 3,5... no sé, lo decidiré más tarde

Compré este libro porque estaba en la sección de descuentos y parecía un thriller emocionante. No tuve tiempo de buscarlo en Goodreads ya que me estaban apurando, por lo que lo compré ciegamente.
Mis expectativas empezaron a caer en cuanto leí en las solapas que el autor es el esposo de E.L. James; se que prejuzgar es horrible y que ser la pareja de alguien no tiene nada que ver con lo que vayas a escribir, pero no puedo mentiros: eso me
Rachel Shedden
Jul 26, 2012 Rachel Shedden rated it liked it
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
Angela Oliver
Nov 01, 2012 Angela Oliver rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Nov 29, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok
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
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Aug 27, 2012 Crazy for Books (Stephanie) rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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,
Juliana Zapata
Oct 06, 2014 Juliana Zapata rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
No se si es por que esta no es mi literatura favorita, pero este libro no me convenció. Es una historia policiaca con sorpresas en las últimas 30 páginas, las demás páginas del libro se me hicieron muy tediosas de leer

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Laura's Book Addiction
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.
Sep 10, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
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
Joy (joyous reads)
Sep 14, 2012 Joy (joyous reads) rated it liked it
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
Aug 27, 2012 Carly rated it really liked it
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
David Savage
Nov 07, 2012 David Savage rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2012 Bee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Apr 30, 2013 Barrie Summy rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2012 kingshearte rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, teen, 2012
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
Daphne (Winged Reviews)
3.5 stars, originally published at Winged Reviews

Like everyone else, I was intrigued by this NaNoWriMo project written by the husband of the author, E.L. James (you may have heard of her). Crusher is a tight crime novel set in West London, which follows 17 year-old Finn Maguire as he tries to discover the reason behind his father's murder. I definitely enjoyed this debut more than I did the Fifty Shades books, although I'm not sure how reliable that benchmark is.

You can sense Leonard's screenwr
Apr 21, 2014 reea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Szerettem, mert nincs leöntve tonnányi cukorral, szerettem, mert szókimondó és nem álságos. Még ha ellentmondásosnak is érezni itt vagy ott, utólag kapunk mindenre magyarázatot. Brutális, mert a körülmények sem ideálisak, mocskos, mert így jár az, aki bűnözőkkel keveredik. Vicces, mert a szarkazmus nálam jól fizet, és izgalmas, mert bár minden elemet külön-külön összetettem, mégis volt olyasmi, amire nem számítottam.
Oct 07, 2012 Trina-Marie rated it it was ok
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
Apr 19, 2015 Timea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-slovak
Na začiatku som z toho bola celkom nadšená. Autor má skvelý štýl a čítalo sa to dobre a rýchlo, inak by som to za jeden víkend nedala.
Ale čím ďalej, tým ma to prestávalo baviť a aj ma to veľakrát sklamalo. Čakala som niečo úplne iné a takýto dej mi moc nesadol.
Už som tomu chcela dať 2 hviezdičky, ale zvraty na konci ma presvedčili, že si to zaslúži ešte jednu.
Mar 14, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it
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
Apr 05, 2014 Crissy rated it really liked it
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
Adam Gates
Jan 02, 2015 Adam Gates rated it it was amazing
A good, suspenseful novel will always have a good plot twist to it. In Crusher, by Niall Leonard, the book seems to be all over the place, but it all makes sense in the end. I enjoy how this novel, it starts off with a "dropped gut" feeling. I also enjoy the romantic encounter, and get a kick out of the irony of the encounter. However, what I dislike is that foreshadowing, of who the murder is, cannot be done until you arrive to the point in the novel when the funeral takes place. This novel sh ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Wisteriouswoman rated it really liked it
It is a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and don't see any reason to pick it apart. I can understand how other readers do that though. To me it reads like an action flick--something teen age boys love to see in the summer. It is fun and unbelievable in that same way. He gets terribly beat up but just keeps bouncing back. I bang a knee and I'm moaning about it for weeks. Not so with Finn Maguire!

I really liked Finn. My husband is a Brit so I had to keep asking him what all the British slang m
Dark Matter
Jun 21, 2014 Dark Matter rated it liked it
C J Dee reviewed the Girl with All the Gifts; for more reviews by C J, see C J Dee on Dark Matter Zine.

Finn Maguire is a 17-year-old high school dropout who works at a fast food chain and lives with his ex-actor-become-writer stepfather in London. Finn’s mother left them years earlier and his father had been gone for even longer. When Finn comes home from work and finds his stepfather bludgeoned to death, the police look to him as the main suspect. It falls to Finn to find out who really killed
Jun 02, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Odd, violent book. Main character is a dyslexic teen who's had multiple brushes with the law, sold drugs, gangbanged, etc. Comes home one day to find his father has been murdered and sets out to find out why. Police suspect him, he loses his job, ends up earning favor from a local crime boss, has sex with a girl, confronts his mom after many years gone, holds a funeral for his dad, kills an intruder, gets stuffed in a trunk of a car and crushed before escaping because of what he is uncovering in ...more
Dec 03, 2014 Mella rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014

Um den Mörder zu fassen, muss er selbst zu einem werden ...

Als Finn seinen Vater ermordet auffindet und er selbst zum Hauptverdächtigten der Polizei wird, setzt er alles daran, den wahren Mörder zu finden. Eine Spur führt ihn in die Londoner Unterwelt und mitten hinein in die Fänge der skrupellosesten Gangster der Stadt. Eine atemberaubende und gefährliche Jagd beginnt ... Nur seine neue Freundin Zoe gibt Finn in dieser Zeit Halt. Doch dann taucht auf einmal seine verschollene
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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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