Guilt by Amanda Robson
Guilt by Amanda Robson
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Whose killing who?
This ARC was provided by Avon Books UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads: There is no bond greater than blood . . .
When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?
Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the
sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface that the sisters must face up to?
As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is, who?
Book Worm’s Thought: This book is not without it issues but the story intrigued me so much that it earned a rare 4 star rating. It also kept me awake past bedtime and the planets align more often than that happens.
I loved the fact that for a large amount of the book I had my suspicions about who was dead and who was in jail but I wasn’t a 100% sure until it was revealed. Robson does a good job of keeping the identities ambiguous there were moments in the “present” when I thought ahh she has given it away but then the “past” would turn that belief on its head.
I felt tense almost the whole time I was reading this, Robson made the book claustrophobic and uncomfortable.
Now for the negatives:
- The narrative technique – the author writes the chapters as if the character is talking to or writing to the other characters “You sigh impatiently and raise your eyes to the ceiling” There was no reason for this because at that point in time nothing has happened so why not use a straight forward “Zara sighed impatiently and raised her eyes to the ceiling”?
- Some of the characters actions didn’t feel natural and the explanations didn’t convince me. But I was still compelled to find out how it all turned out.
- The ending – personally I feel the book should have ended with the trial verdict everything after that seemed over the top and just not necessary.
Who would like this? I would recommend this to those who enjoy tense, character driven thrillers. I would add the caveat that if the above narrative style irritates you should probably skip this book.
I will add various trigger warnings – Self Harm, Rape & Intimidation.
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