‘This is Gomorrah’ by Tom Chatfield #BookReview @TomChatfield @HodderBooks


Author: Tom Chatfield

Genre: General Fiction

Format: Hardcover 288 pages

Release Date:  11 July 2019

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


What he knows could kill him. . ..

At the darkest heart of the internet lies Gomorrah. 

An exclusive online market place where anything and everything is for sale: guns and porn, identities and elections, lives and deaths.

Azi Bello is nobody’s idea of a hero. 

From a shed in his mum’s back garden in East Croydon, he spins webs in the darknet to lure evil from the shadows. Until evil comes knocking at his door in the real world, taking everything he has, sending him on the run, risking his life, offering him redemption. But at a price he never expected to pay . . .

The gates of Gomorrah have been opened. All hell is about to break loose.

My Thoughts

This book follows Azi, a hacker working from the comfort of a shed in his garden. Life gets somewhat uncomfortable for Azi though when he is contacted by a hacker friend online and then all hell breaks loose. Azi is thrown headfirst into the underbelly of the dark web searching for the elusive Gomorrah.

I find the topic of hacking and computers in general really fascinating because for most normal computer users, we will never be aware of what really goes on in the internet and what computers are really capable off. Most of us will merely use them for browsing for internet, maybe creating the odd word document or spreadsheet. Azi and his fellow hackers however, use them for completely different purposes.

This is a fast paced action thriller with plenty going on from beginning to end. It is fairly complex and detailed at times though so I wouldn’t say this is a ‘beach read’ as such. But if you’re after something a bit unusual with a different topic then it’s a worth a read.

About the Author

Dr Tom Chatfield is a British writer, broadcaster and tech philosopher. His books exploring digital culture are published in over two dozen languages. 

A columnist for the BBC, international commentator and TED Global speaker, he has worked as a writer and consultant with some of the world’s leading technology firms. Most recently, he researched his new book Critical Thinking as Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute.

For more reviews and updates you can follow me on Twitter @BooksBucks

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate Vane says:

    I enjoyed this as well. I liked the fact that it went a bit deeper into the tech.

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  2. I wouldn’t even look at this based on the title but the premise is fascinating. I’m so intrigued by what’s below the surface of the internet and computers. Fab review.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Me too! We only use something like 5% of the actual internet and the rest is comprised of the dark net. I wonder what’s lurking under there.

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