Every now and again I love to get stuck into reading something a little different for me. I can't say that I've read a lot of novels centred around the underground boxing scene, but nevertheless when I heard about Granite Grit, I was rather intrigued and wanted to read it. I'm really glad I did.
Young family man Joe is haunted by demons
from a childhood blighted by his father, a
notorious criminal and brutal street fighter.
When he beat up Joe's mother, she killed
herself, then the bully abandoned him.
When Joe loses his job and spirals into debt,
he turns to what he knows: Boxing. He's forced
into the clutches of criminal Mr Dean, and the
brutal world of unlicensed bare knuckle
fighting, relishing his bloody victories...until he
realises he's becoming like his father he
Joe is desperate to confront his father...and kill
him. The only way is to defeat The Reaper, a
psychopathic fighter and killer, to gain the
notoriety to enter his father's murky world.
Bur first, Joe must overcome his demons. Will
Right from the first page, I was hooked by the gritty writing of this book. Sympathising with Joe, who is going through his own emotional fight with himself alongside the boxing matches he takes part in, I found his story very believable and did not want to put it down until I reached the end. Which, after a dramatic twist, which I didn't see coming at all, left me reeling.
Honestly, I'd recommend this one even if you're not particularly into boxing. It will appeal to anyone who has ever felt that they need to do something to prove themselves to their family.