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  • The Guilty Party

    A little confusing at first, jumping backwards and forwards in time. Became riveting. I didn't really want to put it down. Overall enjoyable.

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  • There are plenty of twists and secrets

    Sunday 14th August – After leaving a music festival and getting split up from one another, long term friends Cassie, Anna, Bo and Dex all meet up again in the early hours in a church grounds. Not far away they see a woman being assaulted and what looks like being raped. Although Cassie wants to help the other friends all persuade her to do nothing and tell her that it is probably just two people having a ‘good time’. They walk away offering no help. A few weeks later the four friends go away for the weekend to celebrate Bo’s birthday, staying at a cottage in the Isle of Portland. Whilst there Cassie reads an article in the paper about a woman being pulled out of the River Thames and an image of her earlier in the night. The image of the woman Cassie realises is the same woman she saw being raped. She speaks to the others but they don’t want to know. They try to convince her it’s not the same woman and that they all have something to lose should they go to the police. With each of them hiding a secret will any of them come clean and admit what they saw and that just maybe they each played a part in the young woman’s death, even if not directly? From the opening scene I was intrigued and glued to the pages of ‘The Guilty Party’, throughout chapters which move back and forth in time and told from each of the friends but in no particular order, you get to live through the moments leading up to them witnessing the rape and then before and after the event. The more you read the more you learn how each of them played their own little part in the woman’s death, it would only have taken one of them not to have done what they did or to of helped her when she asked for her death to not of occurred. You also get to delve into each of their lives a little deeper and see how none of them are leading the perfect life and how each of them has secrets, some they share and some secret they keep from one another – Do they really know each other, even after being friends for all the years they have? Plus they also have their own collective secret ‘The Little Black Book’ which is actually a secret group on Facebook with only the four of them as members. This was really quite weird and creepy. Whilst I enjoyed the book completely and found it astonishing that four people would witness such an attack and walk away without offering help, not something I could have done. I also did find it weird that four friends who used to be couples and are now in their 30’s, two of them married (to other people) would be as close as they were, going out to festivals together, holidaying together, without their partners or in Anna’s case her child too. There are plenty of twists and secrets reveals throughout and I did start to wonder where the author could take the ending. This is a book that makes you think about the situation and what you would have done. It also makes you realise how different we all are.

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  • To much past and present

    I found it very frustrating at first using the past and present settings for each of the characters. It was by the halfway mark I was starting to follow the storyline and found it entertaining .

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  • Thought provoking

    It took awhile for me to read,as I wasn’t sure I was enjoying this book but by the end I liked it,it is different from most stories.

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  • Difficult to follow

    The book opens with Cassie asking you a question - if you had been in her position what would you have done? The story then unfolds between a group of friends attending a festival and witnessing a crime and flips between the consequences from the decisions they made that night. The historical works backwards whilst the current works forwards so can be a little confusing. The chapters also then split between each character in the group so you really need to focus to follow what is happening and to who as you can very quickly lose track. A good plot of friends who have known each other for 15 years and trust each other implicitly - but as the events of that night unfold they begin to wonder just who can you believe.

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