Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Something You Are” as Want to Read:
Something You Are
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Something You Are (London Underground #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Nic Caruana is paid to kill people. Once, he was destined for a white-collar job in a middle-class area. But like many kids, he made a fatal mistake. Now, he inhabits the bleak, dark city that runs like a seam beneath London. His latest job is to track down the daughter of an arms dealer, using any weapon necessary to get to the truth. But Nic has fallen in love with his d ...more
ebook, 481 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Head of Zeus
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Something You Are, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Something You Are

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-29 of 184)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
The first time I killed someone I wasn't paid for it.
~Something You Are, Hanna Jameson
Meet Nic Caruana. Actually, you better hope you never meet Nic Caruana because if you do it likely means you are in for a world a hurt: perhaps some disfigurement...creative mutilation...and only if you're really lucky, a quick death.

Nic is your average English bloke just trying to make a living on the mean streets of London's underbelly. He's not a psychopath, but he is a murderer for hire. He's done some v
Tony Hays
If you're looking for 21st century noir, then Hanna Jameson has something to give you. Something You Are is a dark commentary on today. Nic Caruana is a modern everyman, the guy we could all become. Young, sharp, headed for the middle class dream, one stumble sent him into the dark world of paid assassins. But, for me, the most stunning part of this book is the question she poses in the title, Something You Are, and the dark, but insightful answer she gives.
Dana Stabenow
Gritty, at times all too realistic London noir. Think of Nic Caruana as Harvey Keitel's The Wolf in Pulp Fiction, only with more blood, if you can imagine that. Nic is hired first to find the missing daughter of a local mobster and his model wife, and in short order her murderers. He does.
Orginally posted at

Hanna Jameson wrote Something You Are when she was only 17! 17! I actually didn't know this before I read the story and normally I would have had some major reservations when reading books written by young authors. However when you read Something You Are you wont be able to tell that Hanna Jameson wrote this at this young an age, it feels like a very grown up story and her writing style is that of an almost veteran author, so as far as
Meg P
When I first started this book I was so excited that I couldn't put it down. Finally, I thought, a strong male character that kicks ass! However, as the book progressed through it's unusual twists and turns, Nic, the 'hired hit' showed his vulnerability. Normally I wouldn't mind, but this time, it irritated me. I was not happy with the character's inability to remain detached and felt that it removed the 'fierceness' of the story.

However, the last two chapters had me tearing through the last pag
When someone gives you a book and says 'read this, it's by an 18 year old girl from my wriiting group' you might be expecting many things, but it is very unlikely that you will be expecting this. I certainly wasn't. A crime novel of great darkness, with brilliant characters, taut writing, and many moments of sly humour. Like many of the best crime novels and films this begins by introducing a character you think is bad and then says there are levels way, way beyond/below this. To me it read like ...more
Zum Inhalt:

Nic Caruana ist 17 Jahre alt, als er aus Notwehr heraus das erste Mal einen Menschen getötet hat, seitdem sind 10 Jahre vergangen und er verdient mittlerweile sein Geld damit Menschen aufzuspüren bzw. sie nicht mehr aufspürbar zu machen. Dann wird er von einer zwielichtigen Gestalt aus London darum gebeten, seine Tochter wieder aufzuspüren. Nic ahnt bereits vorher, dass es sich hierbei um keinen leichten Fall handeln wird. Wenig später wird die brutal zugerichtete Tochter tot aufgefun
Ellen Dunne

Die Geschichte von “Privatdetektiv” (sprich Auftragskiller) Nic Caruana, der als Teenager unabsichtlich einen Mord begangen hat, und nun durch die Untiefen der Londoner Gangsterszene watet, hat Hanna Jameson schon mit 17 erdacht – mit 22 hat sie nun ihren ersten Roman vorgelegt. In ihm erhält Einzel- und Grenzgänger Nic den Auftrag, die Mörder der 16jährigen Tochter des Waffenhändlers Pat und dessen enigmatischer Frau Clare ausfindig zu machen. Dabei verliebt er sich nicht nu
This book was hit and miss for me. Nic, in my opinion, needed to be a bit more . . . consistent. I mean, read the back. It says, Evil, is it something you do or something you are? Nic isn't evil and I wanted him to be. At times, I saw signs of serious anger management issues but at other times he was capable of controlling himself. I kept wishing he'd either be a total nutter or be the bad boy with a heart. As it is, he fell somewhere in between, as if he hadn't quite made up his mind which he i ...more
Steve Paddock
Terse, casual violence. Main character didn't quite gel: psychopathic killer or nice guy looking for a girlfriend ( Daisy....). I didn't get the point of Felix Hudson, other than to drive the narrative and create a sense of danger. What was the motivation?
The ending was also too neat with Pat and Clare closing the circle...
Sandy Hall
I had known beforehand that the author wrote this when she was 17 (!!) I probably would have been awestruck throughout the entire book! As it was, I liked it, but didn't love it. The background between the main character and his roommate wasn't fleshed out enough for me (when/how did they meet? What's the roommate's back story?) and a lot of the connections felt like the reader should have just KNOWN (The Underground is - what?) despite this being the first in the series, overall it was a tightl ...more
At the age of 17 Nic had one of those life changing events that can lead a person onto other paths. And so he becomes a 'gun for hire', employed by people who work outside of the law. When Pat's teenage daughter is found raped, shot and beaten (not necessarily in that order), he pays Nic to track down the killer and exact the kind of justice that can put a man behind bars. This was one of the most exciting crime novels I've read in a while and I'm sure some people will happily pick faults but I ...more
For Books' Sake
"Something You Are is Hanna Jameson‘s debut novel, written when she was just 17 years old, and the first in a trilogy - London Underground.

Something You Are centres on Nic Cuaruana, an anti-hero flung into a life of crime, shady dealings and murder by a horrific accident at a young age. The prologue which outlines this incident is instantly gripping, and sets the harsh, uncompromising tone for the whole novel." (Excerpt from full review at For Books' Sake.)
A dark, gritty, action-packed trip into London's criminal underworld.
Elliot Richards
One dimensional, stereotyped characters, poor dialogue and dull story telling. It's an amateur novel through and through, though I hope that improved storytelling comes with practice!
Paul Dumont
Very accomplished, and quite extreme, debut thriller - Hanna Jameson creates a convincing, seedy London populated with dysfunctional, broken families, where hair trigger violence is never far from the surface. Reminded me of early Simon Kernick (the milieu) with the bracing nastiness/nihilism of Karin Slaughter. Sanitised, would make a terrific Channel 4/BBC 2 drama.
Very British. I liked that. I found it quite slow in parts, but all around a good read. Loved the protagonist being so morally grey and the slow obsessive lust story through the book. The guy is too jaded for love, it was an interesting spin.
Apr 12, 2013 Sarah added it
Shelves: thriller
Reading this made me feel old. I'm not adverse to "gritty" thrillers but I'm not sure I have the stomach for quite so much casually grotesque violence. Amazingly well written by one so young.
rauw, hard verhaal over de zoektocht naar de moordenaar van iemands dochter. Heb me dikwijls moeten overtuigen dat de auteur een vrouw was en niet een man :)
Sue G
What an astonishing and accomplished bok. Great crime fiction debut.
Loved it! I strongly recommend it to all Bret Easton Ellis fans.
Ingrid Verschelling
"Wat je bent" gelezen voor Daar staat ook de recensie.
David Barber
A good good debut from a talented writer.
Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson marked it as to-read
Jun 29, 2015
Jo added it
Jun 07, 2015
Beckie Treble
Beckie Treble marked it as to-read
May 25, 2015
Tanis marked it as to-read
May 23, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Hanna Jameson's debut novel, Something You Are, was published by Head Of Zeus in December 2012, when she was twenty-two. It was nominated for a CWA Dagger Award, and she had written the first draft at just seventeen. Her second novel, Girl Seven, is published in April 2014, and she is currently working on the third novel of her London Underground series, writing beside the sea in Brighton.

More about Hanna Jameson...

Other Books in the Series

London Underground (2 books)
  • Girl Seven (London Underground, #2)
Girl Seven (London Underground, #2) Wat je bent

Share This Book