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Hello Darkness

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"Stealthy, furtive, unhurried yet urgent - In a few seconds of efficient butchery, the chickens are dead and dismembered." Someone is on a killing spree - slaughtering the school pets with a cold-blooded savagery. The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. Johnny's had problems in the past, but they're behind him now. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Walker Books (first published August 15th 2013)
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Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So everybody knows McGowan in dis town, right? Boy's got quite a reputation over the years. He's fast He's rude. He's funny. He's light on his feet. But when it comes down to delivering one in the guts, McGowan, he don't hold his punches. It was just another day at the office, moths circling round the dusty lightbulb while I stared into the Earl Grey when I opened up his latest communication, and boy was I in. Faster than a broad into a mink coat
Ok enough of the fake noir talk. McGowan's latest
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars :D

-- "Hey bub, I finished the book!"
-- "By Darkness..?"
-- "Hello Darkness, actually. So good!"
-- "OK, you're giving me a weird face."
-- "Because you should read it."


-- "I've thought about it and I think I'll call it a neo-noir set at school. This is school like you've never seen it. You know how portrayals of US high schools can get really tedious in YA?"
-- "I know! There's always the cheerleaders and the jocks - "
-- "You know, I've always wondered if American highschool is r
Lj Mountford
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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'Hello Darkness' is a gripping, exciting, twisty-turny, fearsomely dark and hilarious crime thriller set in a school, and I'll be recommending it to everyone I know who loves reading crime, or who has ever been to school... or who can read... everyone, in fact.

We delve deep into the psyche of John, the wisecracking loner student with a dark past, and his descent into the criminal underworld of the school and all its gangs and cliques, war zones, alliances and mysteries as he tries to solve the c
Rebecca P
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Johnny Middleton is a boy with a problem: someone is butchering the school pets and he is the main target. If he can't solve the case by the end of the week he faces expulsion along with threats of a beating from several of the students. On top of this his parents are away for a week and are still pestering him to take his medication.

Johnny is an outsider, excluded from every faction at his school and pushed from pillar to post from aggressive teacher to bully. When the students start to think t
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Review by Jack (Year 7)

Hello Darkness revolves around a fourteen year old boy, Johnny, in a comprehensive school where everything goes wrong. The headmaster is mad, elderly and frail, factors which allow the deputy Headmaster to take control. However, the Deputy Head is a cruel, vicious dictator. Soon Johnny finds himself caught in the middle of a three-way gang war – the Deputy together with his bullying Prefects, the Drama Queens and the Fat, Bun-Running Lardies form the gangs.

Johnny becomes t
Julia Phillips
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
It is very rare for me to give five stars. I give four stars to books I consider to be excellent so to get five a book has to have something beyond being a well-written story.

"Hello Darkness" scored in every area. It is extremely well-written but beyond that, the plot is imaginative and leads the reader along a strange, twisted path. Characters are strangely ambivalent, reflecting back a particular aspect depending on how, where and when they are viewed. There is ambiguity around the presence of
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I will be recommending this book to my school Wide Reading Group. It is cleverly written and the characters are likeable well atleast real in a weird school sort of way. I loved the mystery and intrigue in the old buildings and the use of "Schrodinger's" tortoise near the end. It covers some interesting topics such as self-perception, mental health, prescription drugs, and bullying however one of the best things was - it made me laugh.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book which includes a genius protagonist and his daily life of him clearing his name from being labeled insane.A must read for viewers of all ages.Includes Johnny(main character) talking to cats,getting into jaw-dropping awesome fights and having girl troubles.Question,is Johnny insane or not?
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Theatrical yet bleak this story has its lighter moments. However, personally, I found it rather scary. Bullying and violence are unfortunately often connected with school settings and the alternative worlds are all too clearly described in this brilliantly written novel for young adults.
Barbara Band
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that keep you guessing all the way through and still leave you wondering at the end. Set in a school with many recognisable characters, the school pets are being killed off, one by one, and Johnny is being framed. But why and by whom ...

Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant full of black humour that is not usually to my taste. Here it really works . Strong characterisation, an intriguing plot that is well worked out, terrific writing. A memorable book
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd give this book a 4.5 stars. Amazing plot twist...yeah.
Michael Earp
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantastic narrative voice!
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This started off really promisingly, as an entertaining and twisted satire on life in a high school, told by an outcast with mental health problems, Johnny Middleton. Someone is killing off the school pets, and suspicion has fallen on him. In order to clear his name, Johnny has to solve the mystery and infiltrate the various cliques on the school campus to see what they know. As he gets further into his investigations, the lines between reality and imagination get blurred. However, I felt like t ...more
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