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3.06  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  78 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 won't be re
Published April 30th 2019 by Faber Faber
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May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My review on www.bookread2day.wordpress.com

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
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 pausing a lot to take stock, just t
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gloomy, tragic, and consuming!

Crushed is an ominous, gritty, character-driven tale that takes you into the lives of three teenage friends, Phoebe, Orla, and Grace, as they each struggle to find some semblance of control, power, and love in a life littered with dysfunction, self-destruction, insecurities, and lack of affection.

The prose is tight and intense. The characters are vulnerable, damaged, and impulsive. And the plot is a slow-burning, immersive tale full of life, loss, deception, despera
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
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
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 throughout
Reindert Van Zwaal
Jun 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Not very enchanting like the first two novels by Hamer. Sadly, I coudn't relate to any of the three main characters. So I missed this connection and maybe also because of that I missed the message that the author tried to tell... ...more
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. ...more
Hannah McKinnon
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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. ...more
Kim Martin
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I struggled with this. I had no connection with the characters. Very disappointed after the reviews
Jennith Chen
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
What’s done cannot be undone.
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
Zoe Radley
May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God this is awful.... I mean it just what the hell. I really am desperate in wanting to like it. I do like how easy it is to read and how it sucks you in. But that’s it. The rest is just a mess, a sick chaotic mess. I have no sympathy for anyone apart from the mums even the one I assume I am not supposed to like. I hate the girls with a passion they are all awful and just weird. Also what I hate more about this trashy book is the fact I can’t place where it’s set... it’s not the Bath I know. The ...more
Aug 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. I also think it is going to be quite a difficult one to review. It is a slow-based book that crosses genres, there is a mystery to it as well as a sense of dread giving it an almost psychological thriller style to it. It is also about families, teens and coming of age along with the feeling they are going through.

So, how to review this one... it is the story of three girls, each unique and each
Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)
Firstly I want to thank Faber and Faber and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for own opinion.

Not long ago I read The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a captivating, engaging story which was well written so when I saw this on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. Now that I’ve finished, I don’t quite know what to make of it.

The story is set in Bath and focuses on three seventeen year old friends, Phoebe, Orla and Grace. Gr
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 technol
Mommy Reads
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 to be draggin
Laura H
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was so mesmerising and dark with tortured characters and an insight into their messed up teenage minds. Which I find strangely hypnotising. Weird and witchy, I love how it is set in the beautiful town of Bath.
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
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Hamer has a very particular style of writing and I must be honest and say it has grown on me. As when I read her debut novel in 2017, 'The Girl in the Red Coat' for my Book Club and I found the writing to be of a high standard but rather dark for my taste. Later that year I attended a Literary Dinner where Kate Hamer was one of the speakers. She gave an interesting talk and I began to understand more her writing. When she writes she obviously enjoys immersing herself in haunting, dark psych ...more
Kelby LeeAnne
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it

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.
Did not enjoy this.
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Full Review On My Blog: http://www.shaniamua.com/2019/05/crus...


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
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 has MS; her ma
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Joanne Tinkler (Mamajomakes)
Firstly I want to thank Faber and Faber and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for own opinion.

Not long ago I read The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a captivating, engaging story which was well written so when I saw this on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. Now that I’ve finished, I don’t quite know what to make of it.

The story is set in Bath and focuses on three seventeen year old friends, Phoebe, Orla and Grace. Gr
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 immature and con
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, full-blown out front for
Katherine Rushton
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first Kate Hamer novel. I’d never heard of her before but among the many books on the library shelf this book spoke to me. I’m not sure why as the blurb didn’t really give much away. I’m now rather stunned and speechless. What have I just read?

I think it’s unfair and misguided to label Phoebe as ‘weird’. She is a tragic product of her upbringing and needed love, guidance and support!

I liked Grace, was quite shocked at her responsibilities and steely determination not to have outside support.
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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 Awards Debu ...more

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