By Tom Pollock

I just wanted to see you. Before the end. A taut psychological thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal, for fans of Black Mirror.

Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can’t believe that she’s actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can’t know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie. Amy uses Heartstream, a social media app that allows others to feel your emotions. She broadcasted every moment of her mother’s degenerative illness, and her grief following her death. It’s the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable. But on the day of Amy’s mother’s funeral, Amy finds a strange woman in her kitchen. She’s rigged herself and the house with explosives – and she’s been waiting to talk to Amy for a long time. Who is she? A crazed fan? What does she want? Amy and Cat are about to discover how far true obsession can go.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406378184
  • Published: 04 Jul 2019
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 352

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Customer reviews


'A chilling tale of the desperate hunt for real connection in a social media-driven world.' Amy McCulloch, author of Jinxed and The Potion Diaries

'A deft, clever exploration of what it means to connect and be understood in a world where image and feelings are currency.' Melinda Salisbury

'Scary, tense & moving in places, a salutary tale about the perils of our always connected online culture. Shows how easy it is for swathes of people to band together in support of what they perceive to be an injustice. Excellent YA read.' CILIP SLG

'Such a riotous rollercoaster of a read - I was completely gripped from start to finish.' Sara Barnard

'Set aside plenty of time for the latest page-turner from Tom Pollock – once you’re in, you won’t be able to stop. HEARTSTREAM is a masterclass in suspense, and poses the chilling question of just how deep obsession can run.' Samantha Shannon

'“A spookily prescient tale of obsessive fandom and chronic delusion in the lawless no-man's-land of social media.”' Waterstones Weekly

'“A deceptively intelligent novel with twists and turns that keep the reader hooked.”' The School Librarian

'A taut thriller dealing with psychology, social media, the allure of fame and obsession – you won’t put it down!' Lovereading4schools

'“[…] a story that will have you hooked from start to finish, with a storyline that will spark an adequate amount of curiosity and almost an obsession with needing to know the answers to questions you didn't even know you needed answers to. A must read for this generation.”' Mamma Mummy Mum

'This is definitely a must read and a great example of how to explore theme s relating to social media in Young Adult fiction without it being tokenistic or feeling like the writer is pandering to what feels current. Heartstream does what good science fiction always has and takes an issue which feels very current and poses the question of what this might look like in the not-too-distant future. [Tom Pollock’s] extrapolation is gripping and suspenseful.' Teaching English

'YA readers will lap up the suspense all the way through, but the final chapters provide an ingeniously plotted conclusion to this dark and emotionally brutal thriller.' South China Morning Post

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