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Hamelin's Child (Hamelin #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  168 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Michael Redford died on his seventeenth birthday – the night Eddie picked him up off the street, shot him full of heroin and assaulted him.

Now he’s Mikey and he works for Joss. With streaked blond hair and a cute smile, he sleeps by day and services clients at night. Sometimes he remembers his old life, but with what he’s become now, he knows there is no return to his com
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published February 2011 by Amazon Digital Services
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Emma Sea
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it

Just like an episode of The Bill, in book form. Excellently written, fairly bleak.

Not an m/m romance.
Oct 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
I did not like this novel at all. there were some very unsympathetic charecters in this story and i'm not even talking about all the men who drugged and raped the protagonist. there are two ways to review a book, based on personal feelings and quality of writing, very different things that unfortunatly in this story align perfectly. I like dark stories; when i'm in the mood the darker the better this story though dark missed the mark compleatly. This story could have been good with it's elements ...more
E.L. Farris
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
DJ Bennett's novel, Hamelin's Child, is a well-written, dark, brilliant story about heroin, kidnapping, (forced) child prostitution and the sheer strength of the human spirit. While this might sound like a handful, the story is told gracefully and as gently as possible, in my opinion, to maintain authenticity without unduly jarring or triggering the reader.

I found the main character, Michael, likable and sympathetic. I rooted for him the whole way through, and admired his guts and his dogged ref
Jenny Hilborne
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Hamelin's Child is dark, raw, shocking, and a fascinating read. Tricked and drugged on his 17th birthday, Michael Redford wakes up and finds himself thrust into the worst kind of nightmare imaginable. Forced to go to extraordinary lengths to survive, I wondered all the way through the book if he ever would or could. The horrors he faces are horrors that could easily happen to any vulnerable kid in a moment of rebellion, weakness, whatever you might call it. Nothing about the story is predic ...more
Rosemary O'Malley
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm rounding up because the riveting parts of this book were RIV-ET-ING.

The main problem I had was that the parts with the sister were just in the wrong book. They didn't have the same feel as the rest of the story. There were well written and would have been fantastic in a different setting, but this showcase was not the place.

Still, I thought it was pretty damned good.

ETA 11/10/12 to correct my lousy typing.
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
A disturbing and well observed thriller about a teenage boy who is kidnapped.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
It's very well written, but I just didn't end up liking it that much.
Book Addict Shaun
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was browsing Amazon when I came across this book. The author very kindly sent me a review copy and I couldn't wait to start it. With some glowing reviews on Amazon I started it with a bit of trepidation at what to expect. Debbie Bennett has written one hell of a story here, one that will pull at your heartstrings and have you experiencing every emotion possible as you read. At times the story becomes so difficult you almost want to put the book down, but it is just too gripping to do that.

Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant writing at its best

I choose this rating because its not my normal authors, and definitely not my type of book. However, I have fallen in love with this writer, the story took me on the journey along with Michael, regardless how harrowing it was in detailed. Makes me feel so lucky!!
Ryan Bracha
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Michael Redford meets Eddie in a nightclub on his seventeenth birthday, who spikes his drink and kidnaps him, pumping him full of heroin and raping him several times. Once he comes to, three weeks later, he is pimped out by Eddie and his cohort Joss in exchange for heroin fixes. His only ally is the more experienced yet younger boy Lee, who also lives in the flat that he is held hostage in. Throughout all of this, Michael’s sister Kate tries to track down the brother that the rest of the world b ...more
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