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A Mind Polluted

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His world falls apart...

Triggered by overhearing a confession from his mother's lips when he was a young boy, Connor Boyd carries the burden of the secret through his life.

Is falling in love his saviour? Or will he embark on a journey down a self-destructive path which ultimately leads to his version of justice?

Will he concentrate on his future, or be consumed by his past?
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published March 4th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Gillian
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connor Boyd arrived home early from school to hear his parents arguing. He was thirteen years old and what he heard changed his life forever. From that day on Connor went into self destruct mode.
Once keen to learn he became the class clown, he was disruptive got expelled then he got in with the wrong crowd some members were a bit older but he wanted to be someone. The boys were getting into trouble and were becoming a problem. Is it too late for Connor to be saved and get his life back on track
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Sharon
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Mind Polluted" is the story of Connor Boyd, a teenager growing up in the Glasgow schemes.  I had a lump the size of a golf ball in my throat when young Connor Boyd overhears his parents arguing; he hears something that no young child should ever hear and it sets in motion a trail of destruction that follows him through his life.

I'm not sure what genre I would place it in but sometimes some reads are not always meant to fit into a particular mould and I think that "A Mind Polluted" is one of t
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MoMo
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first page of Martin Geraghty’s awesome debut novel. I read it in two sittings and was up until after 2am unable to sleep until I reached the final page – and then for some time afterwards as Connor’s story swirled around inside my head.

I am still thinking of the emotional rollercoaster from this gritty and dark tale a few days after finishing. The story takes the reader on an experience unlike any other book I’ve ever read!

The secret overheard by the lead character is sho
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Cheryl M-M
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could talk about this book for pages. It is controversial in a sense that not everyone is going experience or evaluate the story of Connor the same way, and I don’t just mean the subjective reading experience each reader has. However first just let me say kudos to Geraghty for the ending. Talk about way out of left field, but in a way it creates an even bigger platform for discussion.

Imagine hearing something as a child that changes your entire outlook on life, your family and your attitude in
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Val Penny
When I went on holiday recently, I took a few books with me so that I could sit in the sun, relax and enjoy. One of the novels was A Mind Polluted by Martin Geraghty, a new author from Glasgow, Scotland. This is his debut novel published by Crooked Cat Books. It is based on the story of the man who murdered Jo Cox MP. 

A Mind Polluted tells the story of Connor Boyd who lives with his mother, father and brother in a tenement flat in Glasgow. The story is told in three parts. In the early part of t
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Gordon Mcghie
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loose lips sink ships. In A Mind Polluted it is loose lips which sink Connor Boyd. At age 13 he overhears his parents arguing. Not an uncommon incident, however, on this particular day he hears his mother voice a terrible truth which rocks Connor’s world and will change his destiny forever.

Shocked by what he has heard, Connor’s attitude and approach to life will radically change. He had previously been a promising student at school but he becomes troublesome and disruptive. He will sneak out at
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C.J. Sutton
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Thrilling Read

A Mind Polluted is a gritty, uncensored look into the Scottish schemes, focused on protagonist Connor Boyd and the struggles he faces growing up. When Connor overhears his mother telling his father that she wished her son hadn't been born, anger and hate begin to lead the thirteen-year-old boy into crime and self-destruction. Once the seeds are planted, we get to see how this impacts Connor as he moves away from family, lives with mates and falls in love. This spirals towards a s
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Isabella May
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful and gritty

This isn't my normal read but it is one compelling book, crafted with intelligence and punch; a novel which truly brings home the poignancy of words and emotions during the formative years. An excellent depiction of working class Scotland, 3D characters and vibrant dialogue tie everything together into an impressive piece of work...
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Sarah Faichney
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cracking debut from Martin Geraghty.
Carolann Harrop
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great read, hard to believe this is Author's first book, loved the whole concept of the book, the character was believable and total sucked you into his world. The end was a total surprise great twist not what I expected. Hope to read more of this author. ...more
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