Publication: 25 January 2018 from Raven Books
This is how it begins.
With a near-empty building, the inhabitants forced out of their homes by property developers.
With two women: idealistic, impassioned blogger Ella and seasoned campaigner, Molly.
With a body hidden in a lift shaft.
But how will it end?
I am a massive fan of Eva Dolan’s writing. Her last book, Watch Her Disappear, from her Zigic and Ferreira series, was the epitome of good writing and with this stand-alone novel Dolan has excelled herself.
This is powerful writing with plausible, fully worked out characters that have depth and meaning. The well plotted storyline has many layers which slowly peel back until the truth is exposed. What makes this book special is that flawless combination of utterly believable, well drawn characters with a contemporary theme that gets to the heart of social inequity in this country and yet is a timeless book about friendship, love and betrayal.
The writing is so powerful that I felt as if I had been punched in the stomach when it ended. That’s partly because, like all really good books, I identified with it. Her subject matter was a part of my life; I know the people she is writing about and there is a truth in her words that rings loud and clear across the high rises of London.
I don’t really want to talk much about the plot, because this is a book where the story speaks for itself, but I think it’s a work you will lose yourself in.
Complex, layered, skilled, passionate and beautifully crafted, if this does not stand the test of time over decades I will eat my hat.
I loved this book. It goes straight onto the 2018 must read list without a whisper of hesitation.
Buy it, read it, weep.
About Eva Dolan
Eva Dolan was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for unpublished authors when only a teenager. The four novels in her Zigic and Ferreira series have been published to widespread critical acclaim: Tell No Tales and After You Die were shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year Award and After You Die was also longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. She lives in Cambridge.
Follow Eva on @eva_dolan