The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath

3 stars from me

My word, what a horrible bunch of people. I think the only one I actually liked was Will!

The 4 friends the story revolves around are all self obsessed and stuck in the past where their friendship meant everything, it’s like they’ve all moved on in their lives but only partially as they are all anchored together because of their nasty ‘little black book’. Honestly, what a grubby bunch they are.

I struggled to rate this book, I have ended up with 3 stars because the storyline became quite hard to follow and veered quite far into unrelateable – I don’t mind at all reading about unlikeable characters but it just went to far with them all pretty much being despicable and immoral and as for Anna and Bo…

Overall I feel this isn’t far from being a great book, it just needs a bit of a tweak. Maybe a ‘kill your darlings’ moment or a ‘less is more’ mindset would help.

Synopsis: On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. They decide to do nothing to help.

Later, a body washes up on the banks of the Thames – and the group realises that ignoring the woman has left blood on their hands.

But why did each of them refuse to step in? Why did none of them want to be noticed that night? Who is really responsible?

And is it possible that the victim was not really a stranger at all? 


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