Latest (early) Reads: It Ends With You S K Wright

Publication Date: 6th Sept from Atom

Source: Netgalley

‘If I’d told the truth, it would have been fiction’

Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous – she’s perfect.

So when her dead body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?

It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he’s no stranger to the police.

Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.

Told from six narrative strands, this cleverly woven and utterly compulsive novel challenges preconceptions; makes you second, third and fourth guess yourself; and holds an uncomfortable mirror up to the way societies and systems treat those they perceive to be on the outside.

Wow I read this fast – it’s one of those books that once you start you just want to keep reading and reading until the end.
Eva is popular, has a loving if rather frowned upon boyfriend in Luke and a close knit bunch of friends. The future seems bright but even the most glowing people hide a dark side. When Eva is murdered Luke seems the obvious suspect…
It Ends With You is a cleverly woven often thought provoking thriller, with multiple voices and ever changing goal posts. The author carefully sucks you into one way of thinking then throws you a hint of a different direction, layering her characters carefully, challenging your initial assumptions then challenging your next ones. As we hear from Luke, Eva and those around them the truth won’t necessarily set you free..
The writing is wonderful, the plotting is genius and the ending might make you crazy but the whole thing is pitched perfectly first page to last. I feel that this one is going to come back and niggle at me, the social commentary within the narrative has that after affect it’s only later, looking back you see where our prejudices hit home.
A really great read all round. Huge brownie points for keeping it unpredictable, edgy yet honestly realistic.
Highly recommended.
Happy Reading!
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