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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Arnold Eastwood is thrilled when social services allocate him a flat all of his own. Independence hasn’t come easily to a young man with Downs Syndrome but now he has the chance to live free from his mum’s nagging, find a girlfriend, watch endless movies and make new friends.

Meanwhile a London drug gang is setting up a supply line in Arnold’s town. They’re looking for some
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published December 13th 2019 by Kerena Swan
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5☆ Wow! A Gritty, Absorbing, Hard Hitting Gang-Lit Thriller.... Unputdownable!

Who's There Is a gritty, hard hitting and times poignant gang lit thriller that left me on the edge of my seat!
Definitely going on my Top Reads for 2019!

Arnold has downs syndrome and is desperate for some independence.
So when his Social Worker Sue finds him a flat on a rather unsavoury area, his Mum is beside herself with worry.

But Arnold is over the moon and chomping at the bits to move in.

It's not long before Arnold'
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who's There? is Kerena Swan's third crime fiction novel and it really packs a powerful punch. Arnold Eastwood, a young man with Down Syndrome, is brimming with hope when he discovers that social services have held a flat for him in order to bring him some freedom and independence. However, the place is on a rather rundown housing estate where crime is rife and given Arnold's vulnerability and naivety his mum worries he may be taken advantage of by the nefarious criminal gangs who roam the area. ...more
4.5 stars rounded up

Having read and enjoyed this author's previous novel "Scared to Breathe", I was in no doubt as to whether I would relish "Who's There?". I was in no way disappointed.

This was difficult to read at times because of the subject matter, yet I felt compelled to read on because the characters were so engaging and sympathetic. The tension was compounded by the fact that the protagonist was so vulnerable and innocent. This novel was unusual in that it portrayed the real 'human' viewp
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Crikey what a story. The author sure hooked me with this storyline.

Arnold, a young man with Downs Syndrome, has his dreams come through when he gets his own flat. Arnold is a lovely trusting character and that is probably his downfall in this story. When a drug ring sets their sights on him his life is about to change and not for the better. Can he escape from their clutches?

You can see the author has experience in the way she has told the story. I’m looking forward to reading more from her in
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I wish the innocents ruled the world. But they don’t and sometimes, they get entangled in things beyond their understanding. This was one such story.

Arnold Eastwood had Down’s Syndrome, so innocence was in every cell of his body. He loved Clint Eastwood movies. He lived with his mum and her partner till he got the opportunity to stay on his own. The only problem was that part of town was infested with drug addicts and dealers. And soon, they came calling, and Arnold answered the door and invited
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
What an eye opener this book is!

I feel like I’ve been living with my head under a stone as I really had no clue that things that happen in this novel go on in the real world. Cuckooing and County Lines I think are the correct terms, is something I hadn’t really heard of so knowing that drug dealers prey on vulnerable victims to help them in their mission to distribute illegal drugs, shocked and appalled me.

Arnold is just the sweetest of characters. His mum and sister are concerned when he is all
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, I want to thank Kerena Swan and Sarah Hardy from Books on the Bright Side for providing me with this book so I can bring you this review.

Kerena Swan brings you a story that will stay in your heart way after the book has ended In Who’s There? She pulls on your heart strings in so many different ways. Karen is an incredible storyteller that will leave you questioning if you can trust your friends and how well do you know them.

This book is dedicated to the Memory to Bobby Lord, a young man
Misfits farm
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arnold Eastwood has just got his first flat. His sister has just lost her job and come home so perfect timing. Arnold loves his namesake Clint and often dons his prized stetson and cape. Linda his mother worries about Arnold as his flat is not in the most salubrious of areas and Arnold has a tendency to trust anyone and everyone as he has Downs syndrome and the naivety that brings. Meanwhile Chip is being given his own business… in the drug world and finds a friend in Saskia who has her own dark ...more
When your children show signs of growing up, it’s hard for a parent. It’s especially hard for Linda as Arnold wants to move out and start to be independent. Even I was nervous for Arnold moving out. There are some nasty people out there who can take advantage of someone like him.

But Arnold is a determined young chap, keen to stand on his own two feet and make friends which he does. As the story goes on, Arnold’s “friends” show their true colours and he loses control of his new independent life.

Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars from me

County lines are of serious concern in the UK right now and Who's There? really taps into this current and troubling issue. Kerena's history of working in the sector shone through and added a breadth of credibility to the story.

For me, (I work in a secondary school and live in a town that is on a main line from London) this book is highly insightful and deals with a contemporary and very real issue in a sensitive way. Safeguarding of young and vulnerable people is high on the agen
Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Knock Knock..”Who’s There”.. A chilling suspense thriller that will get you in its grip and hold on tight until the very end! A chilling tale that at times had my heart racing and on the edge of my seat waiting to see how it was all going to unfold. This is definitely a nail biter for sure and will have you reading well into the night. I also have to mention how brilliant the cover of the book is, which gave me goosebumps when I first laid eyes on it and where it sets the tone and compliments th ...more
Susan Hampson
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-reads
Arnold Eastwood wants his own place to live independently from his family but his mum would be much happier if he would stay with them. The council have offered him a flat in one of the less desirable housing estates and he is determined to move there. The problem is, Arnold has Down Syndrome and is far too trusting of people.
There are a couple of other stories running alongside Arnold's which are also about other vulnerable young people that have slipped under the radar due to the overworked so
Karen Cole
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
As the parent of teenagers living in the countryside, I have been aware of county lines drug gangs for some time. In Who’s There?, Kerena Swan has written a compelling thriller which really gets to the heart of this issue, alongside other pressing contemporary social problems such as cuckooing (where dealers exploit the more vulnerable to take over their homes) and modern day slavery.
The book’s narrative switches between various characters, with Arnold Eastwood, his sister, Lottie and a teenage
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am happy to say that I have read each of the three books that Kerena Swan has released and I have loved each one for different reasons. Kerena's most recent book is called 'Who's There?' and it was released on 13th December 2019. It's another fantastic read from Kerena Swan, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit.
One of the main characters is a young man called Albert Eastwood, who has Downs Syndrome. He is desperate to become semi-independent and move into a flat of his own,
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Sarah for my spot on the blog tour.  All thoughts are my own and unbiased. 

How many times did our parents tell us never to talk to strangers?  If your parents were anything like mine, it was too many times to count.  This is the main theme at play in Who’s There?  This is just easier said and done for a character like Arnold Eastwood, a naturally trusting young man with Downs Syndrome.  He dreams of having his own independence after years living and relying on his mother.  He knows
Michelle Ryles
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galleys-read
Who's There? is a book that intrigued me immediately; it's quite a simple idea really, a drug dealer taking advantage of a disabled person, but Kerena Swan has created such multi-dimensional characters who carry the plot along at a rate of knots.

Arnold Eastwood is a brilliant character who I took straight to my heart. Disability aside, I loved how he was addicted to Clint Eastwood films and saw the world as a much kinder place than it actually is. It was lovely to look through his trusting eyes
Jessica Bronder
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arnold Eastwood wants to get out on his own and is overjoyed to get his own flat from the council. Of course his family worries for him because he is not in the best neighborhoods and he has Down Syndrome. But with his sister out of work and returning home and his mother slowly getting sicker Arnold starts to worry about being out on his own without someone there to help him.

We also learn of Chip, a young man that has become almost a son to a local drug dealer. The dealer gives Chip the change t
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
The story follows Arnold whose about to get his own taste of freedom and his own place. Whats not to love about that? However, Arnold has Down Syndrome. The story also follows another young troubled lad chip…
I must say I really loved Arnold! I felt for him. He doesn’t see the bad in people and soon realises he is in with the wrong crowd. That broke my heart. He was better and safer staying at home. I just hope this doesn’t actually happen in the real world but I guess it does.
It’s tense, edgy, c
Janalyn Prude
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!

This is a brilliant book, with an original plot and likable characters you get caught up in what’s going on and start feeling protective over Arnold even though he’s a made-up character, but no one‘s made up when you’re in a book right? I have humorous moments this book is totally enjoyable even his overprotective mother is likable. I did think so the social worker did seem not to care that much that Arnold was going to live in a bad neighborhood, but despite all that the book is sti
Another disappointing read. This was tagged with almost a solid 5 star and it befuddles me??? There was nothing new or original in this read other than that is had a down syndrome young man as a lead character, which I do think the author did an excellent job on his actions and talking in this book. Other than that, it was a run of the mill mystery with dope gangs. Towards the end, I skipped a lot as it wasn't holding my attention. Worthy of 2 stars. ...more
Florence Osmund
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While the underlying plot in this story wasn't particularly unique, the characters, especially the main character Arnold, made it unique. To get inside the head of a Down's Syndrome young adult required exceptional skill, and this author pulled it off beautifully. The story was interesting, compelling, and moved at a good pace. The cast of characters was intriguing, with each one individually deftly painted. Just enough drama, conflict, and tension to keep readers turning the pages. And the auth ...more
Samantha Dancy
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down! Such a fantastic read. Really opened my eyes to the devastating reality of the drug world. Thoroughly recommend!!
Definitely 5 stars from me!
Jennifer williams
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I really enjoyed this book. The chapters told from Arnold 's point of view are my favorite. Arnold is very likeable. At the end I find I want to hear more from him.
Lynn Bracey
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I couldn't put this book down. I thought Kerena's first and second books were brilliant but this one Arnold and Chip seemed so real you half-expected to see them in the street. This book makes you aware how vulnerable young people with difficult lives or with a disability really are.
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book , didnt want to put it down. Its about a Down Syndrome young man named Arnold. Also drug gang run by Pirate, & Arnolds neighbor girl Saskia. Arnold who liked to be called Clint because his last name was Eastwood turned old enough to live on his own. The agency found him a flat to live in. He was so happy. He found a part time job. It wasnt the best place to live tho but he kept his apartment clean. Saskia was a nice girl and he liked her. He meet Chip a young man who he let s ...more
ChillwithabookAWARD With
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who's There? by Kerena Swan has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Premier Award.

A compelling read. The characters were convincing and portrayed with empathy. A gripping recounting of how terrifyingly easy it is to become a victim.

Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill Awards
Deb Emerson
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gripping read. This is a very topical subject in the current field of social work and the book is really well written and researched. I have read all the books written by Kerena Swan and look forward to reading more.
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Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that WHO'S THERE? by Kerena Swan is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money! ...more
Alex Jones
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arnold Eastwood wants to leave home. Mollycoddled by his over protective mum, he is offered a place in a downtrodden estate. But nothing is going to stop Arnold from taking the flat and setting up his new home.

Arnold has Down’s Syndrome, so this fight for independence has taken its time and he’s not going to give up easy, so once set up in his home with his Clint Eastwood DVD collection, he is fastidious in his ways, keeping his home clean and up together.

Arnold soon meets his neighbour Saskia,
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Kerena lives on the Bedfordshire/Buckingham border with her husband, son and two cats. She also has two daughters and two granddaughters.

‘Dying to See You’ is Kerena’s first novel, Her second book ‘Scared to Breathe is being released on 3rd June 2019. Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience in the problematic world of social work, Kerena adds a unique angle to the domestic noir genre.

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