Saturday 13 August 2022

Which Would You Rather? by Graeme Puckett | Blog Tour Book Review

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Which Would You Rather? by Graeme Puckett
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: Brown Dog Books 
Publication date: 29th June 2022

A black comedy where the hero is an incompetent psychopath.

Brian is a troubled and easily irritated man with flexible morals. Passionate about film, he sees film references in everything. As an artist, a surrealist, his love of art, and colour in particular, tend to guide his judgements and decisions. Many of Brian's challenges in life are a result of an inept social awareness and some fairly politically incorrect ways of thinking. Consequently, these challenges usually lead to even greater dilemmas involving an array of new crimes and misdemeanours for him.

Killing three of his neighbours – albeit in record time, of which he is extremely proud – do nothing to help Brian's situation. Inclined to lie and cheat his way out of, and into, trouble, his options increase once he has become a killer and the murders have been committed. Now, in Brian's mind, any lesser crime has become acceptable and free to use in his bid to escape detection.

I love love books that surprise you and this book was crazy in the best way.

Our main character, 53 year old Brian has been planning to kill his neighbour Tony. He has it meticulously planned, in his head anyway, and is a bit obsessed with the Hollywood glamorisation of it. However, it turns into a bit of a comedy of errors when he accidentally becomes a triple murderer. He tries covering it up but it just snowballs in the funniest way.

As we read on, we discover just how unreliable Brian is. He becomes infatuated with the female police officer investigating his neighbour's murders, decides to try roofie-ing her, mutilates his face because he saw someone with a cool scar and wanted one.... The list goes on.

This book was super entertaining and whilst reading, I kept thinking about how the author's writing style reminded me of a mix of Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis. Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favourite authors so this bode well for me as a reader. I would definitely recommend this one if you like dark humour.


A massive thank you to Literally PR for having me on the blog tour. You can find information about the other bloggers taking part in the tour in the graphic below.

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