REVIEW: Addiction by Margaret McHeyzer

Published: 24th July 2018

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages: 392

Format: Ebook courtesy of author and blog tour company

RRP: $6.76

4/5 Stars

Meth, crank, ice, glass, fire, tina, chalk, crystal or crystal meth.
Whatever you call it, it’s the same thing. Addictive.

Drugs ruin people’s lives.
I should know, they destroyed mine.
I’m Hannah and I got hooked on ice. What started as a trickle, ended with a tsunami washing everything away; my family, my life.
I’m not sure you’re ready to read my story; it’s real and confronting.
Open the book, read the pages and see how easy it is for anyone to get addicted.
Ice affects all types of people. It doesn’t discriminate.
It will SCREW. YOU. UP.

*Drug abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and emotional conditioning. Recommended for 16+ Contains distressing content. It will cause you anger, frustration and you’ll want to hurt some characters.

Margaret McHeyzer is known for writing tough narratives, and this latest release from her, Addiction, does not stray from her usual MO, nor does it disappoint. In fact, it’s a book I think everyone, young and old, regardless of class, gender and ethnicity NEEDS to read, as it deals with the very real world we live in now, and issues that are becoming far too common place in current society.

One of the things I admire the most about McHeyezer’s books is that she doesn’t pull her punches – EVER. She is renowned for writing some of the toughest, almost taboo-like, books that you can find on the market these days, but she does so with class, dignity and a whole universe of feels. Let there be no mistake, Margaret McHeyzer’s books WILL. WRECK. YOU.

They will also keep you coming back for more.

The first thing that drew me in with this book was the dedication:

“For everyone who’s ever had an addiction.

Beat it and become a warrior.”

I love this so much and in hindsight it speaks so powerfully of the book’s subject matter. We live in a world now-a-days that is almost built to tear us down with every step we take, and yet McHeyzer continually, with each book, steps up and not only builds the minority up, but she empowers her readers. She challenges them, and constantly defies societal expectations and the ‘norms’ by loving them despite some of their biggest ‘flaws.’

Hannah Rose Mendes is your stereotypical girl-next-door. She loves her parents, and her best friend Kristin, and she strives to get straight As in school. She is going places in this world, and everyone around her knows it.  Most importantly however, she is not the type of girl one would think would succumb to the ailment of a crystal meth addiction. But it’s what happens.  Terrifyingly. Almost systematically even.

Watching the downfall of Hannah is hard to read. I wanted to scream at her, tell her to stop being stupid, to yell at those around her to see what was happening right in front of them. To tell her to wake up to herself. I yelled. I screamed. (At least I did inside my head). I was angry, confused, and largely disgusted at how easy it was for the lowlife Edgar to destroy a bright young woman like Hannah so systematically, so unapologetically. So easily. In fact, the first third of this book was so hard for me to read, I felt sick to the stomach, and largely freaked out as I sat in the safety of my room and read about the stalking of Hannah and how the ‘strong’ preyed on her every weakness until she was no longer present.

Addiction is a compelling portrayal of the drug industry and the way it destroys lives. It challenges the very notion that each and everyone of us tells ourselves: One won’t hurt me. I can give up at any time. The sad reality is that by the time we’ve even contemplated these half-truths, we’ve already lost and they, the drugs, have won.

Addiction is not a book for the faint hearted, and yet it’s not one that I would say was overly explicit either. It’s subject matter is confronting, challenging and sometimes downright hard to read, but the books power comes from the overwhelming current of emotion it evokes in Hannah as a drug addict and in the reader as you viscerally react. It’s the kind of story that your head screams at you that you would never, could never, be that stupid to allow yourself to fall in to such a blatant trap as that. Hannah told herself the same thing. She did  so right up until the very end of the book, and it’s this realisation of just how thin that line we walk is, that is truly horrific. Hannah’s story is not an isolated case, while it is a work of fiction, it reads real. It could happen to any of us. At any time; our lives as we know it would be over.

What’s more, Addiction made me question the most basic of tasks in my life. While on the surface this is a book detailing the true horrors of drug addiction at its very worst, we as humans are pre-disposed to so many addictions it’s not even funny. In every one of our daily interactions we come face to face with addictions that we have no even really considered yet – sugar addiction, social media addiction, phone addiction, … the list is truly endless. So is the problems that each and everyone of these present. How long and how far we fall prey to them is really just one wrong move away, as it was for Hannah with her drug addiction, and that scares me.

Powerful, poignant and unabashedly honest, Addiction is the book of now. One we need to read to understand, to sympathise with, to serve as a warning before we too have nowhere else to go.

To purchase a copy of Addiction, visit the following online retailers:

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | AMAZON CA | AMAZON AUS | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | IBooks | Google Play


To learn more about Margaret McHeyzer, visit the following social media sties:

Margaret McHeyzer’s Website | Facebook Page | Facebook Profile | Facebook Group | Twitter | Instagram




One thought on “REVIEW: Addiction by Margaret McHeyzer

  1. Ally says:

    Woah! That sounds like an intense read! I don’t know if I would be able to stomach it, if what you’re saying is true – I’m far too much of a wuss to deal with that kind of emotional wreckage :O

    The book sounds amazing though!

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