Author: Ally Kennen
Published: Marion Lloyd Books, 2007
Summary: You'd have to be crazy to make friends with a murderer. When 15-year-old Chas finds a website asking people to write to prisoners on Death Row, he decides it would be funny to get letters from a murderer. He writes to an inmate, pretending to be his mum, but the chilling replies are not at all what he expects. Chas' own wild escapades eventually land him in a young offender's institute, where he learns that his scary penpal has been released. And is heading for England to find him... (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: Berserk had a really intriguing premise which is what drew me to the book in the first place. I have to say that the summary I read of it doesn’t really give the best idea of what the book is about because I had an idea about what the book would be about but it was completely different.
I still enjoyed it though. The ex convict actually made me think of Hannibal Lector, i.e Anthony Hopkins, and so every time Lenny Darling was mentioned or in it all I could think of was Hannibal Lector. Even though Lenny wasn’t a cannibal or anything like that.
Oftentimes there were events that didn’t seem to be a part of the main story but then they prove to be useful later on in the book which was really cool. I did think that some of the events happened to be a little too convenient but that was what made it interesting to be honest.
Berserk was really interesting. I thought it would be a thriller of sorts but it was more of a contemporary novel with a little bit of action at the end.
The character interactions were all really interesting and they weren’t perfect which is what made their behaviour and interactions all the more believable.
I didn’t think the ending was the best but I did enjoy Berserk enough to say that it is well worth a read if you’re looking for something light that is set in England.