Foxes, by Suki Fleet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Day: December 8, 2016
Genres: Gay, M/M, New Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When Dashiel’s body is found dumped on an East London wasteland, his best friend Danny sets out to find the killer. But Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks—a reckless search for dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable.
A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws this lonely existence into disarray. Micky is troubled, fragile, and Danny feels a desperate need to protect him—from what, he doesn’t know. As Danny discovers more about Micky, he realizes that what Micky needs saving from is the one thing Danny can’t help him fight against.
To save Micky, Danny must risk expanding his world and face something that scares him more than any shark ever could: trusting he will be accepted for who he is. If a freezing winter on the streets, a sadistic doctor, and three thousand miles don’t tear them apart first, that is.
This book was slow and gorgeous and just the right level of painful.
This is not your usual romance. The main characters are kids who live on the streets of London, trying not to freeze to death during the long winter nights, selling their bodies and skills to survive.
“So that’s why you’re out on the streets every night– you’re looking for people to save.”
That’s Danny, plain and simple. I read the character as autistic, although I don’t remember if that word is ever used. He struggles to relate to people, and uses his savant-like skills with electronics to keep himself fed. When he meets Mickey, though, he finds someone who he not only wants to save, but who he finds himself falling in love with.
Mickey’s story really stole the show. I won’t talk about it much, because spoilers, but I loved every second of his plot line.
Where this novel really got me, though, were the emotions. Fear and helplessness, love and hope. Suki Fleet writes an elegant novel that sinks beneath your skin, and Danny and Mickey’s story is genuine and lovely, even as it’s heartbreaking.
On a random note, a band I really love is called Fleet Foxes. Get it? Suki Fleet, “Foxes”? So here, have an awesome song by Fleet Foxes: