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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  44 reviews
'Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark - and so good on the complex and thorny bond between friends. Kate Hamer's writing is incandescent.' Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party

Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she w
Published April 30th 2019 by Faber Faber
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May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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After reading The Girl In The Red Coat, I've been waiting to read another book by Kate Hamer again. Crushed was one of those stories about young girls that made my eyes wide open with a little fear. Specially one young girl, Phoebe, who is obsessed with reading Macbeth and yikes she thinks she's a witch. Oh it gets a even creepier, Phoebe believes she is the one who caused a man to be squashed against a car against the wall with blood flowing out. Look out there's scenes wi
Ruthy lavin
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ahhhh! 😫
This is such an awkward review.
I am a huge fan of Kate Hamer and have been eagerly anticipating this new book. As soon as it was available on kindle, I bought it.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not even sure what I just read, let alone whether I’d be able to tell you about it or not.
This is a weird, thready, and difficult story, with poor formation.... it took me until chapter 37 to even differentiate between the main 3 characters.
I found myself confused and pausi
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book I’ve read by Hamer, and there’s one thing that she consistently does – tell a dark tale so beautifully. Hamer really does write very well, she creates an immersive atmosphere with her words. Crushed was a particularly interesting read because it was a lot harsher, rougher, than her previous novels. Let me explain that a bit more, when I think of Hamer’s books, I think dark fairy tales, a yearning in me as a reader to save the characters she creates, so while the plots are ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Hamer's new novel is a gripping thriller based around the fragile nature of friendship, especially friendship between females and feels like it skirts the line between an adult/young adult thriller pretty well. You are drawn into the drama right from the beginning due to the hypnotic writing style, and Hamer throws you in at the deep end right into the middle of the action. This is a deceptively dark, complex story with many twists in the tale. It follows teenagers Phoebe, Orla and Grace, t ...more
Why is so much death affecting the 3 main characters- Orla, Phoebe and Grace? Are they really witches who can influence the events that occur around them?

The action started in the vert first scene/chapter of this novel with someone dying in a car accident. However, the action was very spaced out throughout the whole of the novel. A few death scenes did occur throughout the novel but they were spaced apart and few and far between. The death scenes were basically the only action scenes
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"That's where it should've stopped. But, no. I had to take it further, didn't I?"

CRUSHED is my first Kate Hamer read, it is a slow burner with an interesting plot for me due to the fact that it's a (slight) deviation from the typical thrillers I usually read...there's belief in witchcraft, spells are being conjured, hallucinogenic drugs are administered, plus lots of unusually creepy stuff.

What I was mostly addicted to was the way the author writes about her characters' actions, feelings and/>
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I saw the synopsis of Crushed at the end of last year, I was hooked immediately and wanted to read it straight away. I finished this book a couple of months ago and still thought about it every now and then. Whenever I think about it, I still have goosebumps and have flashback of how sinister it felt when I was reading it at the time! Crushed, in my opinion, is quite different than Kate Hamer’s previous books but is equally amazing!

It is a dark, twisted and riveting story about
Hannah Mary McKinnon
My goodness, this book was as atmospheric as they come, the characters so well developed, they felt real. CRUSHED is as intense as it is deep, as disturbing as it is surprising. Kate Hamer’s enchanted writing is sure to put you under its own spell, which will linger long after you’ve turned the final page.
Charmaine Greenan
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and haunting investigation into the relationships that women have, with an essence of Shakespearean witchcraft. A coming of age story in which the interactions of the three main characters with each other and all around them are carefully examined. I wouldn't necessarily say that it was an enjoyable read, my heart was in my throat for a lot of it, but I feel enriched for having read it and I continue to muse on the themes after finishing, which is always a sign of a great book.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Kate Hamer and it really captured me both because of the beautiful writing and mainly about the captivating characters of Phoebe, Orsa and Grace. These three adolescent girls are each given their own chapters and so we gradually find out more and more about their troubled and yet fascinating lives and this makes for mesmerising read that builds up quite a sinister finale. It’s not a fast paced book it’s a slow burner that you find yourself becoming immersed in, a very d ...more
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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
* 3.5 stars rounded up *

I received Crushed from PGC Books Canada to read and review and although it isn't really the type of book I usually prefer to read, I still enjoyed the story at times. It took a few chapters to be able to engage in the story and have an idea of what was going on. Once my attention was grabbed, I was intrigued by what was happening but it didn't quite last all the way through the entire book.

About halfway through, I found myself skimming passages that seemed t
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

Crushed by Kate Hamer is a slow burn of a book centred around the friendship of three teenage girls, Phoebe, Orla and Grace who live in Bath. It is a dark read with a pervading sense of menace but is a deeply satisfying one.

Written via a multi-person narrative (hurrah, my favourite) from the perspective of each of these young women, we are voyeurs in the intricate and sometimes tricky life of a female. Set in 2003, it is gloriously unencumbered by the technology that we take
Helen White
I have so many problems with this. The three teenage girls are exactly that - annoying, self absorbed teenage girls. I couldn't like any of them or even care enough about what might happen to them. So in all honestly I skimmed the second half. 3 wannabe witches who are taking LSD and having difficult relationships with their mothers. It just wasn't for me.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crushed gave me that instant sort of chills feeling, the ones you natural get when you can feel something eerie fast approaching and gosh I was not wrong or disappointed. The three main characters that are fully entwined in one another's like are given individual personalities and chapters in which we learn about them and their home life. I liked that the three adolescent female were given centre stage, in much the same way as the witches of Macbeth. I've provided a mini breakdown of the charact ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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Crushed is my first Kate Hamer novel but I will definitely be picking up her 2 previous books, The Doll Funeral and The Girl In The Red Coat as I had an amazing reading experience with Crushed. Crushed is a dark and atmospheric novel which mainly revolves around 3 teenage girls, Phoebe, Orla, and Grace. The story is narrated by the 3 friends. 

Phoebe is a strange and mysterious girl, I actually felt like she was a psychopath. S
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was over the moon to win a copy of this book after taking part in CB Creative's #WriteCBC competition. I had read some of Kate Hamer's work before and I loved the fairytale undertones of her novel, The Girl in the Red Coat.

Her new novel, Crushed centres on the friendship between three teenage girls: Phoebe, Grace and Orla. They are from very different backgrounds. Phoebe struggles with a controlling, narcissistic mother who watches her every move. Grace cares for her mother, who ha
Paul Gormley
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is beautifully written and I fell in love with the characters, 3 young women on the brink of adulthood, whose lives have been affected by family in negative ways. The fates of these characters, as determined by the author, are disappointing and troubling. The links to Macbeth are interesting but are not well sustained. Disappointing in the end.

Unlike other reviewers, I feel that Phoebe is a victim too. Domineered by her mother and mostly abandoned by her father. She is imma
J.L. Slipak
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a dark, very dark, psychological, complicated story that shows how family life can greatly affect relationships our children have outside the family circle. Although immersive and deep, I struggled with all the characters. I especially wanted to smack the mothers of the three girls for not doing their jobs right. There’s a twisted and toxic element that rides the story either in the background, or,
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This tautly written novel of teenage friendship and dark obsessions explores the lives of three young women in Bath. Phoebe is rather narcissistic, like her oppressive and controlling mother, who spies into every aspect of her life. Phoebe is sure that witchcraft is real, and reading Macbeth leads her to believe that she has the power over life death herself, particularly after she witnesses a rather gruesome murder. Her best friend Orla is devoted to her, and is easily led into dangerous territ ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing, devastating and intoxicating. Crushed is the story of three teenage friends, Phoebe, Orla and Grace and their toxic relationships with each other.
A sense of foreboding rises from the first page, and when the darkest moment comes, it strikes hard, carving out the future for these three young lives. With shades of Heavenly Creatures, Hamer draws us in closest to Phoebe and her damaged relationship with her controlling mother, which starkly contrasts to Grace’s role as carer for her mu
Maggie Kiely
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read two previous books by Kate Hamer and loved them and this is of similar standard. This story is told by three different friends of different backgrounds.
Phoebe is unusual lacking in confidence demeaned by her mother at every opportunity. As a result she has an eating disorder plus rituals she goes through believing the power of her thoughts can influence events.
Orla loves Pheobe and has a mother who gives her everything. Phoebe uses Orla’s love to her advantage.
Grace lives in the t
Simon Yorke
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure about this book all the way through, but yet there's something about it. I like the multi-point view of the characters, this is well done and really shows how differently we view and perceive things, it also shows how humans manipulate, especially teenagers, who maybe driven by impulse a lot more, an ignorant darkness? This well written and I would personally class it as literary - it also has the clever mirror thread or references to Macbeth - the power of groups, collusion and su ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
While Hamer writes gripping thrillers, I didn’t particularly like this book. The story centres on the relationship between 3 teenage girls, Phoebe, Orla and Grace and the mother daughter relationship. Each chapter is narrated by one them. All the girls are obsessive, scheming, have mental health issues and few, if any, redeeming features. Phoebe’s obsession with Macbeth’s witches, drugs and seducing her English teacher leads the trio into dark and dangerous territory that ends in a catastrophic ...more
Kelby LeeAnne
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-finish, 2019

I read 100 pages of this book and still had no real clue what was going on. My mother insisted I read it as she loves Kate Hammer, but honestly I don't see how she could. The book makes no sense and doesn't seem to stay on the same timeline between flip flopping between different characters.

The book leads you to believe there are witches or magic involved somehow but then starts talking about physical illness and none of it really makes sense.
Dawn Marsanne
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting novel, also dark, tragic and disturbing.
At times though I just wanted the story to move along and at the end found myself skim reading some passages just to complete it.
Very slow burn at times and overly descriptive. Perhaps just not my style of novel.
I preferred The Girl in the Red Coat and will definitely read more by the same author.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This does do chilling, and more effectively because the dark desires are located in the minds of adolescent girls, half children with magical thinking and half women testing out where power lies. And there's a subtext of Macbeth. Good on mothers and daughters, and the setting in Bath makes a nice change,
Ada Preda
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I must admit that the book didn’t say much to me at first, but I eventually understood the author’s intention to create a psychological context that would justify the characters’ actions. The story presents an episode in the life of three teenagers living in the town of Bath. Their choices and deeds take them to unexpected results.
Jennith Chen
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
What’s done cannot be undone.
Did not enjoy this.
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*received book for review from publisher *
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Kate Hamer's third novel CRUSHED is published in May 2019 (Faber & Faber). She is the author of THE DOLL FUNERAL (Faber & Faber 2017) which was a Bookseller book of the month and an editor's pick for Radio 4's Open Book. Her first novel THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT has been translated into 18 different languages. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awa ...more
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