This Is How It All Ends
PublisherRaven Books
Date Published25 January 2018
 
 
ISBN-101408886642
ISBN-13978-1408886649
Formathardcover
Pages336
Price£ 12.99

This Is How It Ends

by Eva Dolan

Molly and Ella are bound together by more than years of friendship. They’re now accomplices in covering up a fatal accident.


Review

Residents of a London tower block are steadily being forced out of their homes by property developers. Some, like Molly, are determined to remain, others are prepared to go. Molly is a seasoned activist and campaigner, a veteran of Greenham Common and other protests. Ella is a passionate blogger who espouses a multitude of causes. The two women are firm friends, despite their age difference with Molly in her 50s and Ella in her late 20s. They’ve been drawn together by a hatred of injustice and neither of the women is easily cowed by authority.

When Molly discovers that her friend has accidentally killed a man who made advances to her during a party in one of the flats, her first instinct is to help Ella cover this up. They dispose of the body down a lift shaft, hoping that when it is eventually discovered, the police will think the man’s death was an accident. But Ella is deeply traumatised by what has happened, and it looks like she won’t hold herself together when the police finally start asking questions. Molly remains determined to help her friend, whatever the cost.

The narrative in This Is How It Ends constantly shifts between the past and the present as the two storylines gradually converge. It’s not a style of narrative that generally appeals to me, as I prefer to stick with just one story, but in this instance, Eva Dolan skilfully blends the two together as she peels back the complex layers in Molly and Ella’s friendship, and it become clear that nothing is quite what it seems for either woman.

It’s hard to see how the book can end in anything other than tragedy for one or both of the women, but like a Greek tragedy, it’s not what happens that matters but how it happens, and I found myself inextricably caught up in the lives of two very different women and the bonds that bound them together. This is a well-crafted story that will leave you wanting more. I’m still undecided about the ending, and it’s something to which I think everyone will react differently. Read it and make your own mind up.

Reviewed 03 February 2018 by Linda Wilson