‘D’Angelo followed. ‘Eh, listen. Serious. Why you helping?’ ‘He’s my friend,’ Edward said at the door.  ‘You’re not friends. Smell you a mile off. The difference between me and you is: you want to be like them. And I definitely don’t want to be like you.’

Page 192

In a nutshell


Edward comes from a working class family and a background he is desperate to shed. When he befriends Stanza and Robert in university, he finds himself in a world he desperately wants to be a part of, but can’t afford and doesn’t belong. In an attempt to fit in, he caters to his friends’ whims – fetching dry-cleaning, fixing things, fetching things.

When he discovers that Stanza and Robert are an item, he is pushed too far. His unrequited love for Stanza has him pushing the limits of what he will do for them, and to them.

Book Club Notes


The Kellerby Code is one of those books you pick up and don’t put down till the last page. It’s an easy, dark and twisted read that feels like watching someone’s life spiral out of control. Trainwrecks are hard to turn away from. It reminded me of the Netflix show Fool Me Once – what is it about wealthy, British families and dark, dirty secrets?

Read If


You enjoyed Fool me Once and like dark and twisty tales.

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Storyline – 7 /10
Writing – 7/10
Character Development – 5/10
Plot Twist – 6/10
Shareability – 8/10
6.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty


Published by: Faber & Faber, distributed by Jonathon Ball

Genre: Fiction, Crime, Drama

ISBN: 978-0-571-37988-0

Pages: 369

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A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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