- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Raven Books (25 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408886642
- ISBN-13: 978-1408886649
- Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 3.4 x 16.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This Is How It Ends: The most critically acclaimed crime thriller of 2018 Hardcover – 25 Jan 2018
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Anyone wanting smart and compelling crime fiction with razor-sharp social comment should read Eva Dolan. In fact, EVERYONE should read her (Mark Billingham)
It couldn't be more timely. Or more imbued with passion (Val McDermid)
Terrific...A haunting novel about friendship, suspicion and betrayal (Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month)
Stupendous. The thriller comes of age (Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakston Crime Book of the Year Award)
A thoroughly contemporary and distinctively intelligent thriller (Mail on Sunday, Thriller of the Week)
Dolan is expert at the orchestration of tension, right up to the vertiginous climax (Barry Forshaw Guardian)
Expect clever plotting, complex characters and the best book yet from an author at the top of her game (Lisa Gray Daily Record)
I absolutely loved it. I don't think there's another crime writer around at the moment who's engaging so passionately with urgent social issues, and creating such thrilling drama out of them (Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series)
A tense, intelligent, politically charged thriller, expertly crafted by a writer at the top of her game (Mari Hannah, winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library)
Searing and uncompromising and so inventive in structure I could but marvel (Rachel Rhys, author of Dangerous Crossing)
‘An impeccably structured story that blends the personal and political with searing effect. The key to Dolan's compulsive storytelling is that her action is rooted in utterly believable characters … This is terrific writing that engages the head and heart equally’ The Big Issue
‘A triumph’ Metro
'A sad, intelligent book, with a shocking ending.' The Times Saturday Review, Crime Book of the Month
Dolan excels at presenting readers with knotty, addictive tales that also force the reader to think more widely about the society we’re living in and the way in which its most vulnerable members are treated .. . wonderfully prescient … a master of pace … Ultimately this smart, deftly-told story resonates so strongly because of the complex, claustrophobic central relationship at its heart’ The I, Book of the Week
‘Contemporary London is brilliantly evoked in this timely, twisted story about social activism’ Sunday Mirror
‘Timely and twisty.’ The People
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The story is centered around two characters, Ella and Molly, both of whom are keeping a secret, Ella's secret, about events following on from a party at which Ella is protesting about the destruction of an entire community in the name of gentrification. Something happens, which is explained throughout the course of the novel, but we do not know why or how exactly and it is the discovery of truth which acts as the central arc throughout the book. Now I don't want to say too much about the plot itself other than Ella is kind of an apprentice to Molly, a woman who has made a career out of campaigning for the under privileged and those she feels are being oppressed, and looks up to the woman. But both of them have secrets and both are bonded by more than this central theme, however this act may be the thing which drives them apart.
Now I will admit that I have wavering feelings about both women throughout the novel. At first I felt for Ella, thrown into something far bigger than her. But there are so many facets to her character that I moved between liking her, then not trusting her and back again with almost each and every new chapter. The more the story goes on, the more you learn about her character, the more of an enigma she becomes. Why and how she came to be a campaigner for civil rights is something which is explored throughout, a fact which helps build an element of sympathy with the reader, her motives seemingly altruistic even if her actions aren't always matching. Her background certainly makes for grim reading, the expectation and pressure something many can identify with.
Molly I did grow to like pretty quickly, Eva Dolan drawing a perfect image of the seasoned campaigner, her drive dulled by her advancing years and the realisation of all she has lost or missed out on over the years. Her relationship with fellow resident Callum quite touching to read. You get a true sense of her as a person as the pair interact, and despite her being so worn down by the time we meet her she is a character you can get behind.
The construct of the story is quite complex beginning on that fateful night which changes everything for the pair and then told from the points of view of both Ella and Molly. From this point they take different paths, Molly's story taking the reader onward in the present day, Ella's taking the reader on a journey back in time, showing us how what occurs really came to pass. If you don't concentrate, it could perhaps be hard to follow and I must admit that with listening to the audiobook I did have to concentrate not only on who the current narrator was but as to where we are in time in relation to the 'big event', something you may want to take into account if flitting about between characters and moments in time sis something your struggle with. I think it would probably have been a lot easier to follow in the book but it didn't dull my enjoyment at all once i had got used to it.
And as for 'How It Ends' ... Well it's quite a fitting ending to be fair and I shall say no more than that. This really is a brilliant story, touching upon issues which are affecting hundreds of households in and around London on a daily basis. The development of what were once estates full of families into corporate and high income apartment complexes which are too expensive for most true Londoners to afford, leaving an entire generation disenfranchised and pushed out of the only homes they have known. If you are looking a book which forces you to confront highly topical and all too common issues, then Eva Dolan is someone who can always be relied upon to provide it. This is no exception, a social conscience disguised as entertainment, hard hitting, raw and very, very emotive. A fabulous book and highly recommended.
But one night, Molly gets a phone call from Ella that throws both of their lives out of kilter.
Eva Dolan’s This Is How It Ends is a gripping, rich, inventive and powerful 21st century crime thriller that will keep you on your toes.
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But at the end there were questions about one main characters sense of judgement. (Do not intend to give anything away concerning the book).