Top critical review
A nice, easy read but not amazing.
on 28 July 2017
I have read a few Dorothy Koomson books before, and, after finishing a pretty heavy sci-fi book, I wanted an interesting, easy read with a twist. I had this on my Kindle, so I started it next.
The stories main characters are Tami and Scott. They have been dating since teenagers at school, where Tami is bookish, quiet and from a respectable family and Scott is from a local family known as troublemakers, racists and are always getting in trouble with the law. The couple fall in love, marry, (without their families' support), become successful businesspeople and have 2 daughters.
Then, one night, Tami’s life is turned upside down when Scott is arrested for sexual assault. As if this wasn’t bad enough for Tami and Scott, the accuser is Tami’s best friend and Scott’s work colleague. We find Tami backed into a corner, unsure what to think and she is forced to choose who she instinctively believes. Things then take a dramatic turn for the worst and the ensuing story explores the ripples which are caused from this event. The emotions are experienced and explored from the point of view of everyone involved in different chapters.
I felt that the character’s were well developed and typical of Dorothy Koomson's writing style. The story was enough to keep me interested and reading more but it did feel a bit longer than it needed to be. As with most stories of this type, we are given various red herrings throughout the book as to who was responsible for the crimes committed and we have to wait until almost the final chapter to find out.
I disliked both Tami and Scott and maybe that was why I didn’t love this book. There was also a couple of characters that made me question why they were there as I felt that they didn’t really have much impact on the storyline. I felt that this was a nice, easy read but not amazing.