Book Review Of “This Is How It Ends” By Eva Dolan @BloomsburyPub

There’s plenty of intrigue, sex, and drugs in this fast-paced mystery, set against a backdrop of gentrifying London.

Ella Riordan is a community activist who became famous when she was beaten by police during a social protest. Now Ella is a squatter in a building where the owners are evicting tenants so they can convert it into luxury condos, and she’s determined to stay and defend the few holdout tenants, despite death threats.

One night after a rooftop party with her fellow holdouts, Ella finds a horrible scene awaiting her in her apartment. In a panic, she calls her neighbor Molly, who convinces her that the police won’t believe she’s innocent. Together the two women concoct a gruesome plan to hide the body down the building’s elevator shaft.

But the secret won’t stay buried for long. As truth hangs in the balance, a neighbor tells Molly he had heard Ella arguing with a man in the hallway and mistrust grows between Ella and Molly, as repercussions of that night threaten to change both women’s lives forever (From Goodreads)

Thank you to Bloomsbury publishing for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This book didn’t read like a typical thriller. I don’t know necessarily how to explain it, but this book was very intricately written. Very atmospheric, I could vividly imagine things as I was reading them. I have never heard of Eva Dolan before, or came across any of her books. So my experience with her writing style is new.

I was entranced at the beginning of this book, then slowly I was loosing interest during the middle, but then the last 100 or so were brilliant! If the whole book had been as good as those last pages, it would have made for an amazing read. But for me, I felt bogged down.

I do want to add that Eva Dolan has a very precise, and detailed writing style. I think she must be a very smart woman, she had included a lot of words, that I had no prior knowledge of, and was having to look up definitions. I do not think she is your typical Thriller writer. This was a very dreary book, the kind of book that you want to read when its grey and gloomy outside, curled up with a warm blanket and a hot drink.

Also, the ending was fantastic! A twist I NEVER saw coming, and a great way to end this book!

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