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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Fact: bad people do bad things. In the new age of money, drugs, and instant satisfaction, you make your own rules. You take what you want—not ask. There is no responsibility. There is no guilt. If someone burns you, you should do the same to them. It's an issue of equality. Andrew Hutchinson brilliantly portrays a disturbing reality in which cold and disillusioned youths a ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Vintage Australia (first published 2007)
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Esther King
Apr 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
As this is a piece of Australian literature, I feel as though my review should be kicked off with a truly Australian indictment of its content. Ready?

Yeah, nah. Nah.

I should’ve seen this coming. The author was mentored by another author who I have come to refer to as ‘The Slap Man’ (meaning he wrote ‘The Slap’). This vein of Australian authorship seems to follow the long garden path of toxic masculinity, disaffected youth, and women who aren’t really people, they’re just cardboard renderings of
Fred Woolhouse
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** Review originally published by Underground Writers ***

Rohypnol by Andrew Hutchinson is the story of a group of disillusioned male youths and how they fall rapidly into the world of sex crime. Told through the perspective of one of these young men, Hutchinson describes how the boys come to meet and begin their practice of roaming Melbourne nightclubs in search of female victims. The title of the book, Rohypnol, refers to the date rape drug which the bo
Matthew Eddy
Sep 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
With a subject matter such as this you would hope for something of a similar ilk to a Bret Easton Ellis or Chuck Palahniuk novel. While the characters of Patrick Bateman and Tyler Durden are gritty, macho and 'liberated' protagonists - there is no such cornerstone to this novel. The plot is a good one but poorly executed into a fantasy world - what girl would secretly like being drugged and raped? You should really only read this novel if you have an interest in crime, pathological characters or ...more
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A well-written novel about thoroughly nasty people. It's not nice reading, but it is compelling. ...more
Perry Middlemiss
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me say at the outset that this novel is not a light or easy read: the situations portrayed are unpleasant and unsettling, and the characters that inhabit the book are completely unlikeable. When you get to the end it's hard to say that you've actually enjoyed it. But readers who leave this novel repelled by the material will only have seen the surface layer of what this book has to offer. It would be an common enough response to the work, and it is one that I would have some sympathy with. Y ...more
Brendan Eaux-Ceallachán
This motherf*cker needs Jesus.

It's quite a well-written book, but the subject matter is terrifying - it's rife with aimless cruel mysogyny. I get that the author is setting the protagonist up as the most anti of heroes, but his efforts to let him off the hook towards the end - even mildly- beggar belief.

I chose to read it on the strength of Christos Tsiolkas' glowing praise on the cover and that it won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, but honestly - I can't recommend anyone read this.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit
Christos Tsiolkas says this books is written without pretension but he must surely just mean without traditional literary pretension as this unapologetic and relentless novel is pure post-Palahniuk pretension, post-Welsh pretension such is the ease with which it can be categorised and the lack of attempt to disguise his influences. It’s almost a parody of the style it is so pretentious.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Wanting to be an author myself I figured I should start supporting Australian fiction, so I bought this as it looked interesting and as though it may have something to say. Even though I wasn't going into it expecting Heart Of Darkness I still came away majorly disappointed. No wonder Aussie fiction doesn't get much recognition; the characters are 2-D, unbelieveably stereotypical and bland, the story makes no sense and when he is trying to be deep the best thing he could think to say seems to be ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
You know, you would hope with a subject matter such as this that Hutchinson could summon the integrity to write a book where some of the female characters have a sense of rationality and agency. Instead, instead of a look into the pathological, frightening but nonetheless fascinating psyche of the male characters in this novel, you get a shady and shallow borderline romanticised version of the effects of rohypnol and youth apathy on the young adults. I struggled through this book because of the ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Gruesome and nasty and gritty, yes; as amazing as Tsiolkas' blurb seems to suggest, no. I quite enjoyed this as a surprisingly - and gratifyingly - understated amorality tale but the downside of an alienated, disassociated, unconnecting central character being an alienated, disassociated, unconnecting central chap is that he doesn't really get into your head (so the ultimate "I could be out there..." sort of ending doesn't really come off as frightening. And the "New Punk" stuff doesn't really w ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I should know better than to approach anything with expectations, but you’d think a blurb would be something you could safely rely on. Not in this case. I thought this story would be about apathy, about an adolescent’s self-destruction when confronted with a future full of disappointment and hardship. Instead, I got an amateur attempt at teenage Fight Club with the addition of crude rape. Unfortunate, as there were brief moments of brilliance, narrative-wise. The characters were unrealistic, whi ...more
Ad Chopper
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Occasionally interesting but not great overall. There are moments in this short novel that are totally compelling, but then it is let down in the moments that follow by either sloppy writing or - it seems - a lack of interest from the author in what is been written. Comes across as a juvenile wet-dream at times, attempting to shock and astonish but doing neither. I think there is enough here for me to look into the author's other work. ...more
Anthea Ramos
May 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
Hideous and confronting subject matter aside, this book was not terribly well written and certainly not well edited, so I don't believe it read very well. The premise is good, however I found the execution lacking. ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
He can write, actually, all writers can but this story was a bit, "why bother?" If you're going to write a story about something that clearly is disturbing, ask anyone who has been drugged and raped, then write more than just a damn story that goes nowhere, otherwise, discover comedy. ...more
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Kristy 0
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Scary that there are people out there like the characters in this book. I'm glad I read it, but wouldn't recommend it to anyone, except my sociopathic ex. ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
That was seriously intense but I think I liked it?
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Amazingly crafted, made me feel sick to my stomach.
I am delighted to not know any people that fit this story, however I can see that it is all too shockingly real.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
The most disturbing book I've ever read. And really very well written. Can't say I'll re-read it though. Once you figure out exactly what the front cover illustrates... *shudder* ...more
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