The Killing Jar

The Killing Jar In her stunning debut Nicola Monaghan lays bare the gritty underbelly of life in Nottingham England Very early on Kerrie Ann begins to dream of the world beyond the rough council estate where she l

  • Title: The Killing Jar
  • Author: Nicola Monaghan
  • ISBN: 9780743299688
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Killing Jar

    In her stunning debut, Nicola Monaghan lays bare the gritty underbelly of life in Nottingham, England Very early on, Kerrie Ann begins to dream of the world beyond the rough council estate where she lives Her father is nowhere to be found, her mother is a junkie, and she is left to care for her little brother Clever, brave, and frighteningly independent, Kerrie Ann hasIn her stunning debut, Nicola Monaghan lays bare the gritty underbelly of life in Nottingham, England Very early on, Kerrie Ann begins to dream of the world beyond the rough council estate where she lives Her father is nowhere to be found, her mother is a junkie, and she is left to care for her little brother Clever, brave, and frighteningly independent, Kerrie Ann has an unbreakable will to survive She befriends her eccentric, elderly neighbor, who teaches her about butterflies, the , and life outside of her tough neighborhood But even as Kerrie Ann dreams of a better life she becomes further entangled in the cycles of violence and drugs that rule the estate Brilliant, brutal, and tender, The Killing Jar introduces a brave new voice in fiction Nicola Monaghan s devastating prose tells an unforgettable story of violence, love, and hope.

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    1. Kinga

      Just look at this cover. It has a pretty girl and a butterfly. I wonder what this book might be about?As it turns out it’s about drugs, sex, violence, murders, abortions, prostitution and suicides. Aw, that’s cute. The only thing missing are ponies.This is how the narrator describes the birth of her little brother: “I shrugged. Mam’d always slept a lot and I’d never thought much of it. I looked at the baby, his mouth open and tongue wriggling as he screamed. I noticed he used his whole [...]

    2. Lisa

      This story is gritty, painfully realistic, sad, uncompromising and hard hitting.It is the story of Kerrie-Ann Hill, a young girl forced to survive in a world dominated by drugs from the day she was born.It is set on a housing estate in Nottingham, England. She lives with her mother and brother to start with and she tells her tale shedding and adding people as we go along.This is written in the voice of Kerrie-Ann so if you struggle with local dialects you may not like this one but I personally t [...]

    3. Ilyhana Kennedy

      This is the most outstanding book I've read in a long time. I give it 6 out of 5. A stunning piece of work, more so as it's a first novel. Obviously a gifted and intelligent writer.The story is terrible in the truest sense. Original in Nottingham accent from page 1 to the end, the story is steeped in authenticity, horrific as it is. The events steer inevitably towards a crescendo of fear.Having said that, I recommend it as mandatory reading for this day and age that we live in. The poverty drive [...]

    4. Tania

      This stunning, darkly disturbing novel gripped me from the opening page, with its strong voice and its fully-realised world. I was changed by reading it, I can't stop thinking about it, and if this is not the mark of a great book, I don't know what is.

    5. Ilze

      Once you've read far enough into this book not to notice that it's written "Irish like", you won't be able to put it down. In fact, I was even wondering whether Kerrie-Ann (or Kez) actually lived and had this extremely tragic life. Fortunately the cover insert tells you that Monaghan is a college graduate, i.e. not someone that's high on "E" and living with a junkie for a boyfriend which in a "pupae" is what this book is about. Because of the symbolism of a killing jar though, there is much mor [...]

    6. Justine

      This book was unlike any other I have read - it's gritty and uncompromisingly realistic. It's edgy, dark, and disturbing, but I never felt like the author was purposefully manipulating the reader's emotions. In other books, there are certain scenes that are obviously written to force the reader to feel pity, disgust, anger, etc. While the book definitely inspires some of these emotions, it all seems authentic. The main character is expertly written - she grows and changes over the course of the [...]

    7. Xina

      UGH, most of the reviews of this book say that in real life, if this girl were in this situation, it would not be that bad, and that the author has exaggerated the effects of this type of life on a person. This is a grave misconception. Not only would the life of someone in this situation be "that bad" it would likely be much, much worse. If Kerrie Anne were in the same situation she is in this book, there would have been similar events. She would likely to have been raped multiple times, and ha [...]

    8. Marsha

      This book is not for everyone-it is very compelling but a very tough subject. The main character, Kez, tells her story of growing up the un-cared for daughter of a heroin junkie in London. She is smart and dreams of escaping from her awful situation, but just gets deeper and deeper into it. She grows up way too fast, dealing and using drugs while still in elementary school. You keep rooting for her, hoping that the spark of humanity within her isn't completely snuffed. This particular story is f [...]

    9. Alan

      My 18 year old daughter passed this on to me, and I enjoyed it, if 'enjoyed' is the right word. Powerful, gritty, as other reviewers have said. A good read!

    10. Sunsette

      When I first began reading this, I couldn't work out what accent our narrator should have. Once I figured out where the story took place and learned the lingo, it was much easier to get into. I guess I didn't pay much attention to the synopsis of the book, because it says where the story takes place in the very first paragraph.Five-year-old Kez, short for Kerrie-Anne, spends a lot of time with the woman next door, an elderly german entomologist. This is where she learns about a world outside of [...]

    11. Richard Bromhall

      A wonderful read that sits in both the tradition of Welsh and Kelman, yet anticipates such fictions as Rowling's 2012 novel, The Casual Vacancy. It's depiction of chav existence is merged with the aspirational societies which has underpinned the refiguration of class in Britain since the late 1970s.It follows Kez for just over a decade of her life and the social turbulence that is her childhood. Made to sell drugs to local school children, Kez is sent to a youth offenders organisation; her mothe [...]

    12. Nicola

      I won't rate this book, as I wrote it myself so might be a little bit biased. However, since you are allowed to review your own book on , I thought I'd say a few words. I started this book in the middle of my MA studies at Nottingham Trent University. I'd lived away from my home city for about a decade, and just moved back. It made me see the city in a new light; as both an insider and an outsider, which was really quite strange. A writing exercise where we were asked to draw a map inspired the [...]

    13. Lauren

      Liked this alot. The dialect takes a bit of getting used to but once you get into it, it begins to flow. The author jumps right into the disturbing details of life in a very tough neighborhood and introduces death right away. It's about destruction, and how difficult it is not to self-destruct in a world that basically pushes you in that direction. Doing what you have to do to survive no matter how wrong it is, how hurt you get, what horrible things you need to do. But also shows a glimmer of ho [...]

    14. Liz

      I had such mixed feelings about this book. It's a quick read and it definitely sucks you in, but it sometimes seems so over-the-top. Set in a British housing estate, it tells the story of a young girl who's born into a life of drugs and crime. I found it hard to believe that some of these events could really take place. But the narrative voice was so strong I was hooked and kept reading.I also had mixed feelings about the ending. I felt like it was heading in one direction, but then it went a di [...]

    15. Alicia

      The Killing Jar is the story of a young girl, who grows up in house filled with drugs, violence and addiction. Her slow transformation from young girl who still believes in a different life, into the life of a psychotic addict is mesmerizing and disturbing. Perhaps the most effective element of this novel is her utter likability, even as she commits a series of increasingly violent crimes as she tries to escape the lifestyle.

    16. Emma

      Considering the dark nature of this story, it's actually a quick read. It is gripping at times and you also feel sorry for Kez because of the upbringing she's had. I live very close to the Aspley estate in Nottingham so I could picture myself in Kez's place as she wanders the streets to the shops and to Six ways. Overall the story was good.

    17. Michelle

      I found this book absolutely riveting. Perhaps because I grew up in Nottingham so could relate up many if the places in the book but I just loved the hope triumphing over desolation element of the story. The main character was faulted but you just couldn't help rooting for her and wanting her to have a better chance in life.

    18. Franki

      I really enjoyed this because it's set in the area that I grew up in so a lot of the streets and places were known to me. I also loved that it was (partially anyway) written phonetically because I felt a greater connection to the characters They sounded just like me!

    19. Amber Jerome

      Okay, this book. Where do I even begin? Well, if you read my blog then you know that I say this for every review. I am a character driven reader. I need characters that are so developed and so well written that I feel like they are an old childhood friend. I need that relationship with the characters in order to love a book.Well, Nicola Monaghan, hats off to you. You did such an amazing job with Kerrie-Ann. Within reading just pages in, I wanted to hug her and protect her as her five year old se [...]

    20. Colleen

      It's tough when a book comes highly recommended to you and you don't like it. I always feel a bit guilty. But this book was so tedious and vexing that there is no way I can even pretend to like it. It wasn't the dark subject matter than turned me off. True, it isn't my usual type. But I don't mind the occasional dark and gritty novel if it is well written. But this was a debacle from start to finish. To start with the colloquial slang made ease-of-reading almost nonexistent. I've read other thin [...]

    21. Matt Lyons

      I wouldn't expect too much,The book itself is confused, I can see that it was trying to be a hybrid in a sort of crime-thriller-romance novel but it didn't really work. The shock card is played too much with very little build up to any. For example, one of the key events early on in the book is mentioned on about three lines and that's that, which would be fine if it was just that one event, it may even add to the drama of it all. However, it's all of them, so it just makes the novel seem clumsy [...]

    22. EJ

      Kerrie-Anne Hill lived a full life before the age of 18. Raised in Nottingham estates by a junkie mother who ran out when Kez was 16, a series of "uncles" in and out of the house, and a little brother left to raisel Kez could do was find ways to fend for herself. Her junkie boyfriend moved in shortly after her mom left. Living the drug life, of dealing, using and a series of murders, Kerrie-Anne fights to be set free reguardless of the price. I picked this book up simply because it was a hardbac [...]

    23. Emily

      I think it would be impossible to truly enjoy reading this book. It’s tough-going, miserable and made me utterly uncomfortable. Because of its unrelenting bleakness, it’s not the sort of thing I’d usually choose to read, but I think that attitude simply backs up Monaghan’s suggestion that places like this Nottinghamshire estate, riddled with drugs and seemingly so far beyond help, are so often overlooked and ignored, inconvenient as they are to the middle-classes to ‘sort out’. It’ [...]

    24. Jenny Macdonald

      Having been immersed lately in fiction based in 19th and 20th century this very modern book brought me down to earth with a bang. Kerrie-Anne lives on a council estate in Nottingham, her mother is a drug addict and on the game and brings home a collection of "uncles". Her brother is a half-caste and her boyfriend Mark, a cocaine addict, is a dangerous nutter. By the age of 10 she has been beaten up and spent time in a girl's home.They spend their time selling drugs to school kids and clubbing hi [...]

    25. Jodie

      Even though the subject is certainly very bleak there were moments, but only moments, of good writing for me. It is a difficult read and lagged in the middle, I certainly didn't find it fast paced at all like some of the reviewers. It is heavily based on the drug culture and it is so so sad the way some of these kids grow up. The protagonist, Kez, is a clever but very undervalued girl - her mum is a heroin addict and a prostitute and Kez has to live with several "uncles" in her house whilst grow [...]

    26. Caroline

      3.5 stars.This is the story of Kerrie-Ann, a young girl growing up on a drug-fuelled Nottingham Council estate. If you like your fiction gritty (VERY gritty) and shocking, this could be for you.The whole book is written in Nottingham dialect, which I found difficult to get used to at the beginning, and annoying and unnecessary eventually. To give the writer her due, it was well written and probably very true to life, and I did sympathise with the main protaganist, Kerrie-Ann and her brother, Jon [...]

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