TRIGGER WARNING: THIS BOOK AND REVIEW DEALS WITH SUBJECTS CONCERNING SUICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
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What would you do if you found out that after having a fight with your best friend she had attempted suicide? Would you try to convince yourself that there was more to her intention than the fight with you? Or would you blame yourself?
What if you were the mother of the daughter that is now battling with remorse? Would you try to understand what would go through your daughters mind? Or would you simply just trust the child you had brought up and hope that if she needed someone to talk to she would come to you?
What if you were the dean of the university and now you’re being faced with making the decision of whether to go public with the story or try to brush it under the carpet? Would you do what would be best for you in that situation? Or would you try to do what was right for the girl?
Two Wrongs by Mel McGrath is a captivating story about revenge, family and secrets. The story is told from three points of view and doesn’t shy away from hitting some very hard hitting subjects in my opinion. When I first found out that I was chosen to read this book, part of me was ecstatic. I hadn’t read anything by Mel McGrath. Something about discovering a new author always is exciting for me, especially if it isn’t an author I heard about before.
McGrath turns everything you thought you knew on it’s head by executing a masterful story about loss, revenge and family.
We follow the story being unravelled from the points of view of Nevis—a student at Avon University, Honor—Nevis’ adoptive mother and Cullen—the dean of the university at which Nevis attends. We are being transported straight in the heart of the story and the heavy subject which it surrounds: the suicide attempt of Nevis’ best friend.
As the story progresses and the story unravels in front of our eyes, I couldn’t help but appreciate how well the book deals in with the dynamic between Nevis and Honor. Nevis is aware of the fact that Honor isn’t her biological mother and Honor struggles with the truth of why Nevis’ mother committed suicide many years ago.
The pacing of the first half of the book I believe could have been improved. There was a lot of set up focused elements in the first half which made the book towards the end feel rushed. However, in hindsight I prefer the book this way rather than having a good pacing at the beginning of the book and a soggy middle. There were enough elements to keep my interest in the first half but do go in expecting the pay off to be really, really good.
The twists of the novel—which for obvious reasons I am not going to spoil—was predictable in my mind. There were so many elements foreshadowing the reveal of the twists that I absentmindedly made the connection before I actually got the pleasure of reading the reveal. Nonetheless a small part of me did a happy dance when I read that my anticipation was correct, but I also understand that there are a lot of people that are put off by this.
McGrath is definitely a writer to watch out for. This ambitious project has solidified her in my view as one of the upcoming authors in this genre.