Top positive review
A thought provoking book
20 March 2019
I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and the story is revealed gradually and realistically.
It starts one evening when four pretty obnoxious friends go to a music festival. At the end of the night, on the way home, there is a bit of a fracas in the street and the group happen to see a man pursuing a woman down an alley way and then appearing to violently rape her. The group do not intervene or even raise the alarm, they go about their business and leave the woman to her fate.
At first, it looks as if the group just do not want, or feel unable, to get involved with “some rando’s” plight. But it emerges through the story that each of them may have their own reason to decide to turn away from the woman and leave her to her fate.
Only one of the group, Cassie, seems to feel any particular guilt or concern about the woman, who is later found dead, drowned in the river. None of the group are particularly nice people and I felt quite shocked at the cynicism and lack of even the most basic human sympathy for the woman, even when their “reasons” were revealed.
Although the group are initially just shallow and unpleasant, a more sinister side to them emerges, one that Cassie can no longer ignore. However, in breaking the confidence of the group, Cassie may be putting herself in danger.
The story was concluded well and had a believable end. It was a well written book and, loathesome characters aside, it does beg the question what the average person would do if they saw a violent crime being committed in front of them. It was a rather depressing portrayal of certain aspects of human nature.