You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

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You Were Never Really Here Read Online Free - Now a major motion picture starring Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here is a gritty, harrowing story of corruption and one man’s violent quest for vengeance. Movie Tie-in edition. Vintage Original.

Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. He has completely withdrawn from the world and earns his living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade.

When he’s hired to save the daughter of a corrupt New York senator held captive at a Manhattan brothel, he stumbles into a dangerous web of conspiracy, and he pays the price. As Joe’s small web of associates are picked off one by one, he realizes that he has no choice but to take the fight to the men who want him dead.

Brutal and redemptive in equal measure, You Were Never Really Here is a toxic shot of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons.

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ISBN : 0525562893
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 112 pages


Meike rated it ★★★★☆

December 06, 2017

Joaquin Phoenix made me read this! :-) I think the guy has an amazing ability to seek out great roles in edgy, unique films with unusual storylines. For his lead role as Joe in "You Were Never Really Here" (in some countries released under the title "A Beautiful Day"), Phoenix won the Award for B...

Ammar rated it ★★★★☆

April 10, 2018

Novella Made into a movie Ex soldier Ex fbi Now Pi On a mission to find a kidnapped daughter Her father is a senator It goes downhill ....

Sam rated it ★★★★★

April 06, 2013

If revenge is a dish best served cold, Joe (the main character of this story) is serving up some icy entrees. If this story were a person it’d be lying passed out face first on the floor of a dive bar in a puddle of various human (and some inhuman) liquids, covered in cuts and bruises and, upon h...

Kate~Bibliophile Book Club rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2016

This novella packs a punch in its short pages! You Were Never Really Here opens with some action and the pace never stops until the end. I had no idea what to expect when I started it, but by the end I was wishing it was a full novel because I didn’t want it to end. I’m not going to lie, I was dra...

Peter rated it ★★★★★

April 11, 2018

I've always admired Jonathan Ames for how funny a writer he is. And now it turns out he can write a cold-blooded thriller, as well. I'm very annoyed and very impressed.

Tosh rated it ★★★★★

April 17, 2018

For such a bleak narrative, it was a joy to read Jonathan Ames' "You Were Never Really Here." Only 97 pages, there is not a wasted word or phrase in this book. I know Ames admires the work of Richard Stark, and clearly, he learned from the master. Ames is mostly a humorous writer of essays and fi...

Mitch rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

Dude works outside the law to rescue sex trafficked girls. Shit goes sideways. Dude has a hammer. Imagine Jack Reacher but terrifying and faster. I read the whole thing aloud to myself. It's 90 pages.

Lou rated it ★★★★★

March 20, 2018

Visceral breakneck pace straight down the line in cinematic style, starts with some nice characterization of this ex-marine and ex-FBI fixer, whose choice of weapon against assailants is a hammer, and builds up with the situation of taken and the task to be undertaken, all plays out in the need f...

Riya rated it ★★★★★

August 22, 2014

I was a little apprehensive about reading You Were Never Really Here. Too often stories that deal with these sort of subjects devolve into torture porn and not being familiar with the author I didn't really know what to expect. Gladly Ames stays away from disturbingly graphic images and instead h...

Dimitris rated it ★★★★☆

March 20, 2018

I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free e-book of this rather short story, which is action-packed, dark and a really quick read -you can read the whole book in one sitting-. The central character, Joe, is an ex-marine war veteran with a history of familial abuse who is hu...

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