ARC Review: The Scandal by Nicola Marsh

This was a hard book to read. At first I thought it would be an easy going casual whodunnit but the issues the main characters face are stark and heartbreaking. Realistic. It’s very easy to imagine and that’s a great thng.

The main characters are doting housewife Ris, policewoman Claire, and beautiful yet fragile Elly. They’re best friends who meet once a month for a gardening club which really means they drink and eat cheese aka my kind of club. What I liked about this book is the friendship these women had for one another, they had one another’s backs no matter what. They all worked hard to help one another and other people and all of their jobs reflectled that. Even Elly with all of her problems and her second hobby.

There were problems I felt in the development however. Characters were told to us rather than shown. The plot was easy to read through an even with the twist at the end I wasn’t the least bit surprised. All of the men in this book were honestly perverted or abusive. It made it very uncomfortable to get through at times. And if you asked me which one of them did it I would have a hard time differentiating between them since all of them seemed to be the same character.

These are characters who who would benefit well from therapy instead of self medicating with alcohol, sex, and mollycoddling. But it is that realness that also makes the book, it just didn’t resonate that well with me.

Thank you very much to Netgalley and ARC, all opinions are my own.

šŸ’œ šŸ’œ šŸ’œ 3/5 rating

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