Review: The Savages – Matt Whyman

The SavagesSynopsis from Goodreads.

Sasha Savage is in love with Jack – a handsome, charming … vegetarian. Which wouldn’t be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that Sasha’s family are very much ‘carnivorous’. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha’s father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother’s culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel – as does their sinister taste in human beings . .



Like about 99% of the population, when I was about twelve I became ridiculously, embarrassingly and, possibly, dangerously obsessed with the Sims. There were weekends I didn’t leave my room.

The thing is, like… um, well, I don’t know every Sims statistic in the world so let’s say like a lot of people, my favourite part of Sims was building the house. You know, choosing the wallpaper, the carpet and after realising you’ve spent all your budget on the fancy staircase that no one will ever use because Sims hate going upstairs, the crappy rubber plants because that’s the only decoration you can afford.

And then when your Sims move in, the fun level plummets. Because all the families are boring and they don’t do your house justice and blargh.

This book is what would happen if the Goth Family weren’t actually crap.

When I sat down to write this review, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t liken it to that other literary cannibal we all know. So let’s see how I go.

For starters (heh, heh, get it? Fine), I have to say how brilliant it was to read a book in third person. It’s easy to forget, when you read/write as much YA as I do that you can actually write a book from more than one perspective. It was great to see snippets of different characters and I loved how the stories merged together for the bigger picture.

Also, it was great to meet Ivan, who was probably my favourite character. Hey, what can I say? I’m a sucker for homicidal 12 year olds.

I also really loved how dark it was. And I mean proper dark. Like… eating people dark. I wasn’t really sure what the story was going to be but I don’t think this was what I was expecting. OK, it was a little what I was expecting because, let’s face it; it’ll be a sad, sad day when I don’t expect cannibalism in YA books. But the synopsis and the press release the lovely people at Hot Keys gave me didn’t really say much but that definitely was part of the fun of reading it. Meeting the family, getting to know the history, favourite snacks and the story just unfolding from there.

This review’s gonna be pretty short and sweet because it’s like 23 degrees and my Fab lolly is melting all over me. This book was great; dark, funny and jam-packed with some fantastic tips for hosting dinner parties.

I think that’s what they were…

The Savages is pretty much what would happen if someone had given Hannibal Lector a cuddle when he was younger and packed him off to spend summer with the Addams Family.


*click click*

You know the rest.

And yeah, I broke my promise. Whatever.


An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher. 

One thought on “Review: The Savages – Matt Whyman

  1. LOL, Jo. I freaking love/d building houses in The Sims. Spent countless hours doing it and have probably 20 expansion packs. Even in high school, I used to peruse random websites to download random objects that people had coded so I could have unique things in my house. I love Hannibal Lector, dark YA, and your review so I just added this book to my TBR.

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