ARC REVIEW: The Death Of Danny Daggers – by Haydn Wilks


Title: The Death Of Danny Daggers
Author: Haydn Wilks
Genre: Mystery, Crime
First published: May 1st 2015
Finished reading: June 11th 2015
Pages: 236
Rating 2

“Ji Eun sat and sifted through the nuggets of Rory’s narrative that she’d been able to understand, trying to piece them together into some coherent whole.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I was really looking forward to this read, especially since I haven’t been reading enough good crime novels lately. The Death Of Danny Daggers sounded like an intriguing mystery with various storylines and a multi-cultural angle. I guess I did like the general idea of the story, but I was put off by the overwhelming amount of swearing used during most of the story. I don’t mind swearing as long as it adds to the story, but I don’t think this is the case in The Death Of Danny Daggers. The fact that I had difficulties understanding about half of the dialogues because of the Scottish/Welsh dialects didn’t really help either. I’m a philologist and I normally love dialects in stories, but in this case it was truly to hard to understand for those who are not familiar with the Scottish and Welsh dialects. This made it hard to read the novel and it took away a lot of my reading pleasure. That said, I did like the fact that as a reader you only slowly find out what happened to Danny during the last days of his life. The way Haydn Wilks is able to connect the different storylines and main characters is also interesting. But I don’t think I would recommend this one, unless you don’t mind excessive swearing and are familiar with the Scottish/Welsh dialects.


Danny Daggers is a student who loves to do stunts and it has made him quite popular on YouTube. What he doesn’t know is that he is about to be in mayor trouble… As he is about to take on more drugs, alcohol and excitement than he can take. We read about his last days and also learn more about the characters that will play a role in those. Ji Eun, a Korean student that is doing work experience and is currently working with a veteran journalist Rory Galagher… The Amstell brothers always looking for more trouble and one of them just escaped from prison… Tom and Joseph working at a call centre and not quite enjoying it… All those stories soon collide and things are about to get really messy.


I’m a sucker for a good mystery/crime read, so when I was asked to read and review The Death Of Danny Daggers I immediately said yes. Unfortunately, what sounded like a really promising story turned out to be something I just couldn’t enjoy. The excessive swearing and difficult to understand dialects took away a lot of my reading pleasure and it took me a lot longer than planned to finish this novel. I normally don’t mind violence, swearing, drugs etc, but I don’t think its use was justified in this case. I still like the general idea of the story, but I guess I would have preferred a ‘milder’ version of the dialogue.

WWW Wednesdays #43 – June 10th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thedivinersIthedeathofdannydaggerst’s been a bit hard to go back to The Diviners by Libba Gray after reading my two read along reads, so I’ve decided to read some other books in between. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but I guess I stopped reading at the wrong point. I’m also still trying to finish The Death Of Danny Daggers by Haydn Wilks, an ARC that was sent to me by the author for review. The general story is interesting, but the use of too much swearing and difficult Scottish and Welsh dialects makes it hard to finish it fast…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

amidsummersnightmarethewitchmustburnI finished A Midsummer’s Nightmare earlier today and I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Kody Keplinger‘s other novel The DUFF. It’s too much of a chicklit to my taste and the main character Whitley is really annoying… Although you get an idea why later on in the story. I’ve also read the second prequel novella The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige, which turned out to be another disappointment… The prequel novellas just don’t live up to the actual series.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theassassinsbladetrustmeimlyingI will either read Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer, my next TBR jar pick, or finally pick up The Assassin’s Blade bySarah J. Maas for my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge. Since I now only need two titles to complete the full bingo, I might read those two first…

Friday Finds #39 – June 5th


FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. A start of a new month means new titles added to my TBR pile… This week all books I already own a copy of; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page.

My finds:

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WWW Wednesdays #42 – June 3rd

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thedivinersacourtofthornsandrosesI’ve started The Diviners by Libba Gray on Sunday and so far I’m really enjoyed it! It’s the perfect mix between historical fiction and fantasy so far… I’ve put it temporarily on hold though so I can read my two read along titles. I’m reading A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas first for the #JuneAndRosesReadAlong and will finish All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven as soon as I finish reading the first one…

  • What did you recently finish reading?

athousandpiecesofyouhidenseekI managed to finish A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray before the end of May, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations. I was expecting something just as amazing as the cover, but ended up being annoyed by the lack of sci-fi and an ignorant main character. I’ve also finished Hide ‘N Seek by Yvonne Harriott, a book I picked for the sole reason of me and the author sharing the same first name (Bookish Bingo!). The story was really cheesy and I didn’t exactly enjoy reading it…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theassassinsbladethedeathofdannydaggersI will probably read The Death Of Danny Daggers next, a novel that Haydn Wilks was kind enough to send to me for review. If not, it will most likely be The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I need that title to finish my Bookish Bingo Spring challenge…