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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  114 reviews
I just wanted to see you. Before the end. A taut psychological thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal, for fans of Black Mirror. Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can't believe that she's actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can't know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie. Amy ...more
Published July 4th 2019 by Walker Books
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Charlotte May

"Friends don't kill friends.' I say. 'Oh honey,' she says. 'Of course they do.'

Wow! I honestly am blown away. I didn't expect this level of thriller-ness when I picked this up, but I absolutely LOVED IT!

The description makes it seem like a kind of sci-fi futuristic novel. We have two POVs, Cat and Amy.

Amy is a Heartstreamer - she is able to post her feelings online via patches on her head that allow others to feel her emotions. Such an interesting concept - with the internet as it is now,
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, owned
"People could hurt each other without being monsters. And they could love each other without being saints."

What black mirror nightmare was that??

This is my second Tom Pollock novel. And by now I'm convinced that he's either genius or wicked. Or both. They're not exactly mutually exclusive. Tom is a great storyteller with a distinctive sense for suspense. He knows how to construct a thrilling and breathtaking plot. He doesn't give away too much, but if you read closely you might see where the
C.G. Drews
This was utterly twisty and disturbingly addictive. It's a story full of unreliable narrators and convoluted secrets and the lengths people will go to get what they want. I think the takeaway is that, humans are terrifying. And true, tbh. It's definitely the type of story you don't put down because you need answers and you need them now.

// it's a split timeline tale, following the narrators, Cat vs Amy
Amy's storyline is in the near-future, and starts at her mother's funeral and introduces us to
Elizabeth Sagan
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down. It reminded me of Nerve (the idea behind it, not the execution. Heartstream is much better), Social Creature (obsession with social media) and Ready Player One (crazy technology). I really loved it and it has one big plot twist you'll so not see coming. Recommend.
Whispering Stories
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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On the day of her mother’s funeral, Amy is broadcasting her emotions via pads attached to her head. She promised she wouldn’t use the ‘Heartstring’ app but the lure of her social media followers was too much. After upsetting her family she travels home alone in a taxi. Upon entering her house she discovers a woman in her kitchen wearing a bomb vest and she wants to talk.

Teenager Cat is in love with Rick from the most famous band on the planet. They have
Review to come, but in the meantime...

This author definitely writes fast-paced, engaging stories, and this had elements of Black Mirror and comments on our addiction to technology, but beneath that it was built on a foundation of fandom, the good, the bad, and the very very ugly.

It was easy to forget this was written by a male author at times, what with the descriptions that accompanied womanly things, and the plethora of female characters were all really well-formed and dynamic. I really hope
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing


This is for all of the Black Mirror fans out there.
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

I wasn't sure about this when i first started reading it, and was close to DNFing it at around 50 pages, but I decided to carry on and give it a chance, and i'm glad i did!

I read the majority of the book in one evening and it was so weird and thrilling and so many twists
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, arc-s
Much like Tom Pollock's previous novel White Rabbit, Red Wolf (recently re-named to This Book Is A Lie), Heartstream is a book designed to confuse you, deliberately, with unreliable narrators and a twisty plot. I really loved White Rabbit, Red Wolf for this reason and Heartstream does this pretty well also, but something was definitely missing for me.

Heartstream is told via a dual narrative and opens with Amy, a girl who spends a lot of time streaming her life for her viewers on Heartstream, an
Kell Cowley
After loving 'White Rabbit, Red Wolf' I was thrilled to get hold of this early proof copy of 'Heartstream'. Definitely a novel that will appeal to fans of 'Black Mirror', the most powerful aspect of its story being its depiction of the obsessive, invasive and often abusive culture that's sprung up around social media, internet celebrity and shipping fandom. The linking theme in both Amy and Cat's narratives is that people are now emotionally feeding on those who they follow online and ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't call this a psychological thriller, but it's definitely raw, heartbreaking and full of surprises with scenes that you wouldn't expect to happen.

I decided to do a different review, taking my reading review to the very beginning of the first few pages, as the beginning unsettled me in that big way that grabbed my full attention.

The story starts with Amy Becker's mothers funeral. The most saddest thing is that Amy didn't shed a tear at her own mothers funeral. I expected her to feel
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A few words to sum up Heartstream: Deeply unsettling and highly addictive!
*Mild spoilers ahead*
Heartstream: the app that lets others follow your feelings, feel what you feel as you feel it. Your deepest, most private feelings on offer for your followers.
Heartstream is told by two separate, and seemingly unrelated, characters. Amy is a teenage heartstreamer who has just lost her mother to cancer. Cat is a teenage girl who is obsessed with an imaginary relationship between two
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm hyperventilating, hyperventilating, hyperv..
Oh sweet Lord, this is insane .. what an amazing ride ! what a perfect book!
I'm hooked
I won't be able to sleep thinking for hours about this one.. it's that good!
Samantha Sim
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
i initially requested for this arc because the premise intrigued me (more on that later), but after seeing one of my favourite authors talk about it, i was even more pumped to get started on it. and trust me, it definitely did not disappoint.

heartstream is a psychological thriller centered around social media, fame and the obsessive, toxic culture that fandoms are infamously known for. the fandom culture in this book is grossly exaggerated, though — and this is what scared me the most — not to
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We have a one sitter book over here. I couldn’t put it down as soon as I started. It was brilliant from start to finish and wow! I fricken loved it.
Heartstream has two POV’s that mix up the story. We have Cat, who is dating a pop star but keeping their relationship a secret. Then we have Amy, who is a popular ‘influencer’ that has thousands of followers on a social media app called Heartstream. After live streaming her mother’s funeral (WTF?) Amy comes home to find a strange fan in her house,
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Didn't disappoint, kept me wondering what was the truth and why (though my main theory was right, there were things I was like "woah!").
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
More like 3.5 stars
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of Heartstream in exchange for an honest review.

The minute this book arrived in the mail and I saw the words "for fans of Black Mirror", I opened it and started to read. Then kept reading until I finished it, because I couldn't put it down!

Heartstream is told from two points of view. There's Cat, who is secretly dating a pop star, but is deep in the fandom for the band - a fandom who lives for the idea that the two guys in the band
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Sadly not at all as good as his previous title - I tried explaining this plot to a friend and it's absolutely mad!!
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tom Pollock's writing just gets better and better in my opinion, I was completely gripped by Heartstream. Scary, tense and moving in places, it's a salutary tale about the perils of our always connected online culture and the effect it has on people. It shows how easy it is for swathes of people to band together in support of what they perceive to be an injustice and the bullying behaviour that comes from this. An excellent YA read.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rep: Lesbian MC, male secondary character who wears make-up.

Trigger and content warnings under the spoilers.
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Having absolutely loved Tom Pollock's debut YA, White Rabbit,
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I admit to picking this book up in the shop simply because it was a signed copy and of course hat meant I had to buy it. From the blurb, this book sounded quite innocent, and a somewhat traditional mediocre read. However, last year I had the joy of reading White Rabbit Red Wolf, also by Tom Pollock, so decided to not judge the blurb for these things, in the hope the book would surprise me.

I’m sorry you had to read through all that - I finished the book just over 10 minutes ago and my mind is
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a quick read that I was able to fly through in less than a day. I picked up this book on a whim while looking for something I could finish easily without having to devote much time or effort to the task, and this did the trick. The ending was abrupt and felt unfinished; the story could have at least used an epilogue, or a follow up chapter covering the aftermath. Such an abrupt ending took a lot away from the overall value of the story for me. Some things throughout the plot were ...more
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Tom Pollock has created a dark and twisty novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Your head will twist in circles trying to work out the connections, what is important and what is put there to make you think you’re on the right track, but you aren’t.

The pacing in this book is fantastic, it reads as the characters think, Cat’s chapters read erratically, they speed up to a pace that you can imagine her thoughts are travelling at. Whereas Amy’s chapters start out slow, her sadness
Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
Heartstream was such a fantastic read! I can’t remember the last time I was so enthralled and hooked to a book I read this in one sitting.
I loved the two main characters, found myself more taken with Cats story than Amy’s however the way everything seamlessly tied up together was a testament to how good a writer Tom Pollock is.
This book was terrifyingly tense, I felt like I could have been reading a script for a black mirror episode. A solid 5 star rating from me, I’ll be picking up anything
Nov 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf


I had about 100 pages left but i'm soo bored.
I didn't understand what was going on all the time.. still don't know and will never know at this point but damn.

The story was soo slow/confusing didn't like the characters..
The multiple perspectives kept my out of the story. I enjoyed amy's parts but didn't care for Cat and her pregnancy..

I really HATE dnfing books..
But this is just not a book for me.

If it wasn't for this bookclub i'm reading it with i probably wouldn't even picked it up in the
Sarah Ann
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartstream is a psychological thriller with the main theme of how social media affects mental health, communication, the invasive culture surrounding it and how obsession can take on a whole new level. In the story, Tom has given readers a deeper insight on how dangerous it can be when one overshares on the platform. I wouldn’t call this a true blue psychological thriller because it wasn’t typically chilling. It was however, very unique. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story quite like this one. ...more
Maddie Browse
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tom Pollock has come through again with another fantastically clever thriller that I just couldn't put down! I absolutely loved this!
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Tom is a long-time fan of science fiction and fantasy, and has failed spectacularly to grow out of his obsession with things that don’t, in the strictest sense of the word, exist. He studied Philosophy and Economics at Edinburgh University. He now lives and works in London helping to build very big ships. The City’s Son is his first novel.
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