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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Just because everyone thinks you're nothing doesn't mean you've got nothing to lose.

George Engle’s lived in the long shadow of his superstar twin brothers since they died in a freak accident when he was thirteen. Now, in the spring of 1986, George and his childhood friends are living lives they never wanted. It's easy to sleepwalk through insignificance, until a second fre
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by The Vanishing Point Press Ltd
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The Throwaways by L.S. Hawker is surprising... in a good way!

What it's about: George is 28 and has never really been able to make anything of himself. He has big dreams that he never follows up on, and is a guy that generally just fades into the background. But when he wakes up outside of a house that has just exploded with a gun and a knife dripping in blood in the backseat of his car, he needs to make some quick decisions. The last thing he remembers is a girl named Stacia that he
Linda Zagon
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Throwaways" by L.S. Hawker, The Vanishing Point Press Ltd., January 22, 2019

L.S. Hawker, Author of "The Throwaways" has written an intense, intriguing, energetic adventure. The Genres for this story are Mystery, Suspense, Thriller and Fiction. The timeline for this story is around 1986 and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events in this story. The author describes her quirky and dysfunctional characters as dull, complex, and co
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There are catchy reader's hooks; there are great reader's hooks; and then there is the explosive reader's hook that blasts open a door into apparently alternate reality--a reality that is so unbelievable and so disarming that no one in their right mind would want to inhabit it. Poor George Engel certainly doesn't want to be here; he has enough troubles just being himself, at the age of twenty-eight already considered a "life passed him by" candidate. But just when George finally finds something ...more
Wendy Del Toro
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5++ stars from me! Loved everything about this book. The plot was clever and the storytelling was fantastic. The writing was so compelling that I devoured this book in one sitting. Attention to detail was amazing and the "filler" moments enhanced the story and the characters rather than just added to the word count. Everything was fully developed, specially the characters and they were at the forefront more than the 'crime'. I was rooting for them all the way and found the ending very satisfying ...more
Hazel Young
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The title refers to those unfortunate people, caught up in the drug business, who are expendable in the eyes of major drug dealers. But we don't learn this until quite late in the book. The plot is clever and very interesting. A young man on the run, framed for murders he did not commit and finding himself in possession of drugs that make him the target of criminals...or is that really what the drug dealers are after?

There are
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story brought back some nostalgia for friends that I have known in high school and don't get to see as often as I like. The adventure and suspense of the story had my heart beating out of my chest and I was rooting for the "good" guys. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. Thank you Netgalley for my copy of the book.

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Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this eBook for my honest review*

In 1986, George Engle didn't have a lot going for him. A nothing special job, no real ambitions, just living a mediocre life. When George gets a letter accepting him to law school he thinks finally his life is about to change! He's going somewhere now! George was definitely right, just not in the way he thought. While out celebrating Law School George meets a girl who will flip his world upside down. Later that night, George wakes up in
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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George Engle usually lets life happen to him. When he wakes up behind the wheel of his car covered in blood and the house he is parked near explodes, he can no longer be so passive. George and his three friends from high school are throwaways, living lives even they aren't paying attention to. But George's ordeal throws them back together and they are forced to fight back and look deep within themselves.

This is Hawker's fourth thriller novel and it holds thrills and twists and surprises. It is a
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
In 1986, 10 years after graduation from high school, George finally gets a break. After working in a dead end job he finally get accepted into law school. Instead of celebrating with sane people he gets tied up with some girl who is in deep trouble with drug traffikers. Georges life spirals out of control as he returns to his home town and his old high school friends get involved with trying to help George. With a trip down memory lane and the KBI (Kansas Bureau of Investigation) looking for him ...more
Deveney Stormes
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, loved it, loved it! Even though I was drawn in from the first page, it moved fast from character to character. That took a little getting used to, but it was perfect for this story. Was half way through yesterday morning, and finished the last 10% this morning. Would have finished it last night if my eyes hadn’t betrayed me.

This story of friendship was so real. It’s the people you love and depend on that hurt you the most. They are also the ones who help you grow, and learn who you ar
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This isn't a book I would typically pick up on my own but I received an early copy for review and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The writing flowed well and the story switched easily between multiple POV. Its quite a twisted little tale and I was really glad that we weren't left with any questions, all the stories woven throughout came together really well at the end. ...more
Meghan Brophy
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LS Hawker did not disappoint in her first foray into writing from the male perspective. This gripping story gives nods to previous books and characters from Hawker that devoted fans will live for. If you love thrillers with characters that both create and break tension then I would highly recommend.
Books Forward
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LS Hawker's versatility is extremely evident in this mystery novel. However, she remains loyal to her fanbase in writing a character from a previous book 30 years younger. This book is nothing short of a heartracing blast to the past that leaves you shocked. The characters and plot blend into an exhilarating story. ...more
Marcia Brineman
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Barely finished

I had read The Drowning Game by Hawker and thoroughly enjoyed it. This book...not so much. It took me half way through the book to keep the characters straight and another 1/4 before I liked any of them. Too long, too slow moving for me.
Marissa DeCuir
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I seriously couldn't put it down! George is an amusingly complex protagonist in a very serious and thrilling storyline. The relationship between him and his old friends makes for a great arc running alongside a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced thriller that pulls in characters from other books by L.S. Hawker. I really enjoyed this alternate look into some more minor characters from her other books!
Lynn B
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LS Hawker does it again.
Cindy Deleonardis
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read picked by my book club. Look forward to reading another book by this author.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
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2.5 ⭐️

That’s it? Well, that was a disappoint! Those were my thoughts when I finished The Throwaways.

George regains consciousness in his car just in time to watch an unfamiliar house explode and finds evidence of the crime he didn’t commit planted in his back seat. He learns the explosion was a cover-up for three execution-style murders. George was supposed to take the fall, now the killers are hunting him.

When the book began I thought the plot sounded pro
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LS Hawker grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14.

Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine, and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer, but

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