Review of Guilt by Amanda Robson

Published by Avon Books in 2018    ISBN: 968-0-00-821224-7 (Paperback )

 A debut novel that has won many plaudits is always a hard act to follow and this, the author’s second, must demonstrate the same knockout qualities as its predecessor. Here the reader encounters fraternal twins, Zara and Miranda, who live in Miranda’s flat in Bristol.  Zara is a dropout and gets her kicks by cutting herself but eventually manages to enrol on a photography undergraduate degree course. Miranda is a high-flying accountant in a prestigious firm. They’re chalk and cheese  but have always supported each other through storm and fair weather. Enter Sebastian, handsome, manipulative and charismatic with whom Zara is besotted. He moves in to the flat, burrowing away to  undermine the twins devoted relationship and lands a job not only in the same firm as Miranda, but also in the same room.The story is narrated in the first person present tense from the perspective of each of the three principal characters.   Each chapter is sharp and short, no more than a page or so long, that is tautly dramatic.  That Sebastian has ulterior motives is apparent from the outset and  Miranda takes an instant dislike to him. However, she’s between the devil and the deep blue sea and can’t get rid of him because to do so would compromise not only her close sisterly relationship with Zara but also Zara’s fragile mental state.  Zara is persuaded by Sebastian to believe that Miranda is jealous of her and desires Sebastian for herself. Without providing a spoiler, a toxic crime scene, born from lies, deceit, mind games and lust, arises that leads to one of the twins being locked away in a women’s prison and puts her in the dock, battling, against all the evidence, to establish her innocence. The writing plods in places, although the dialogue, frisky and natural,  enlivens  the novel.  Some readers may find the storyline cliched  and thus  hinder the pleasure one has in leaving one  guessing to the very  end.

 

Reviewer: Serena Fairfax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guilt by Amanda Robson

Published by Avon Books in 2018

ISBN: 968-0-00-821224-7 (PB)

A debut novel that has won many plaudits is always a hard act to follow and this, the author’s second, must demonstrate the same knockout qualities.

 

Here the reader encounters fraternal twins, Zara and Miranda, who live in Miranda’s flat in Bristol.  Zara is a dropout and gets her kicks by cutting herself but eventually manages to enrol on a photography undergraduate degree course. Miranda is a high-flying accountant in a prestigious firm. They’re chalk and cheese  but have always supported each other through thick and thin. Enter Sebastian, handsome, manipulative and charismatic with whom Zara is besotted. He moves in to the flat, slowly and surely undermining the twins devoted relationship and lands a job not only in the same firm as Miranda, but also in the same room.

 

The story is narrated in the first person present tense from the perspective of each of the three principal characters.   Each chapter is sharp and short, no more than a page or so long, that is tautly dramatic.  That Sebastian has ulterior motives is apparent from the outset and Miranda takes an instant dislike to him. However, she’s between the devil and the deep blue sea and can’t get rid of him because to do so would compromise not only her close sisterly relationship with Zara but also Zara’s fragile mental state.

 

Zara is persuaded by Sebastian to believe that Miranda is jealous of her and desires Sebastian for herself. Without providing a spoiler, a toxic crime scene, born from lies, deceit, mind games and lust, arises that leads to one of the twins being locked away in a women’s prison and puts her in the dock, battling, against all the evidence, to establish her innocence.

 

The writing plods in places,  characterisation  is uneven , but  the dialogue is frisky and natural. Some readers may find the storyline lacks credibility and thus  prevent  him/her guessing to the very  end.

 

 

 

Reviewer: Serena Fairfax

 

 

Guilt by Amanda Robson

Published by Avon Books in 2018

ISBN: 968-0-00-821224-7 (PB)

A debut novel that has won many plaudits is always a hard act to follow and this, the author’s second, must demonstrate the same knockout qualities.

 

Here the reader encounters fraternal twins, Zara and Miranda, who live in Miranda’s flat in Bristol.  Zara is a dropout and gets her kicks by cutting herself but eventually manages to enrol on a photography undergraduate degree course. Miranda is a high-flying accountant in a prestigious firm. They’re chalk and cheese  but have always supported each other through thick and thin. Enter Sebastian, handsome, manipulative and charismatic with whom Zara is besotted. He moves in to the flat, slowly and surely undermining the twins devoted relationship and lands a job not only in the same firm as Miranda, but also in the same room.

 

The story is narrated in the first person present tense from the perspective of each of the three principal characters.   Each chapter is sharp and short, no more than a page or so long, that is tautly dramatic.  That Sebastian has ulterior motives is apparent from the outset and Miranda takes an instant dislike to him. However, she’s between the devil and the deep blue sea and can’t get rid of him because to do so would compromise not only her close sisterly relationship with Zara but also Zara’s fragile mental state.

 

Zara is persuaded by Sebastian to believe that Miranda is jealous of her and desires Sebastian for herself. Without providing a spoiler, a toxic crime scene, born from lies, deceit, mind games and lust, arises that leads to one of the twins being locked away in a women’s prison and puts her in the dock, battling, against all the evidence, to establish her innocence.

 

The writing plods in places,  characterisation  is uneven , but  the dialogue is frisky and natural. Some readers may find the storyline lacks credibility and thus  prevent  him/her guessing to the very  end.

 

 

 

Reviewer: Serena Fairfax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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