- Author Nicci French
This is the story of two deaths, or near-deaths, told in two distinct parts by two narrators. It follows the story of Holly, a girl who seemingly has it all but finds her life crumbling around her as she falls ill and subsequently tries to kill herself. The second part of the story follows Holly’s best friend as she tries to pick up the pieces.
It’s an interesting one, this. It’s a difficult story to read, especially the first half, because you know that everything is going wrong and you have an inkling it’s because of illness rather than recklessness, and thus it’s hard to watch Holly spiral out of control as she does. However, all that build up makes the pay off much more worth it, when things turn out to not have been quite as they seemed.
It’s not your traditional crime story, instead a story of love and life, mental illness, and how desperate people will do desperate things. A tragic tale, really, but one that winds its way to a relatively happy ending.