by Nicole Trope (Goodreads Author)
THE BLURB: ‘I am here because they suspect me of something. I am here because I am a suspect. I know that, she knows that. Everyone knows that.’ Anna
‘It wasn’t my fault. None of this is my fault!’ Caro
Caro and Anna are best friends… they were best friends. Over a decade, Caro and Anna have bonded while raising their daughters, two little girls the same age but living two very different lives. The women have supported each other as they have shared the joys and trials of motherhood, but now everything has changed.
There’s been a terrible car accident, an unimaginable tragedy that leaves both families devastated. Over two days as Caro and Anna each detail their own versions of events, they are forced to reveal hidden truths and closely guarded secrets.
The complicated lives of wives and mothers are laid bare as both women come to realise that even best friends don’t tell each other everything. And when hearts are broken, even best friends need someone to blame.
A hard- hitting, provocative and gripping read from the queen of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama.
MY THOUGHTS: This was a heart-wrenching read. At first it all seemed so simple. Caro, driving drunk, has run over and killed her best friend Anna’s daughter Maya. An open and shut case? Not quite.
Trope does a wonderful job telling each woman’s story, interweaving them, entangling the story lines and emotional responses. I became so heavily invested in Blame that I read it in one sitting, then sat stunned. Even thinking about it now, some months later, I can feel my pulse quicken and my chest tighten. Nicole Trope is an author to follow.
4.5 shimmering stars
Thank you to Allen & Unwin via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Blame by Nicole Trope for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on Goodreads.com https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2046645516