‘Meticulously plotted and UTTERLY chilling – everything you want from a contemporary thriller’ PAULA HAWKINS, author of The Girl on the TrainOne girl jumped. And then another followed…
In the city of Bristol, young women are dying in mysterious circumstances. The deaths look like suicides – but are they something more sinister?
Honor is terrified that her daughter might be next. But as she looks for clues as to what really happened to the girls, she stumbles upon a link to a dark secret in her own past – one that she’s kept from her daughter.
Now Honor has the chance to avenge her child for the terrible events of years ago. But how far will she go to protect her daughter and right the wrongs done to her family?
Dark, clever and thought-provoking, TWO WRONGS is the breathless new thriller from bestselling author Mel McGrath – perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Ruth Ware and Sarah Vaughan.
‘I cared desperately about these characters and turned the pages frantically, praying for their survival. Clever, compassionate and completely compelling’ Erin Kelly, author of HE SAID/SHE SAID
‘A deliciously disturbing thriller’ Ann Cleeves
‘Gripping . . . Highly recommended’ Harriet Tyce, author of BLOOD ORANGE
‘Clever and compelling . . . the perfect read’ B A Paris
‘A gripping exploration of consent and power play’ Heat
‘I can’t remember the last time I was so invested in a book’ Sathnam Sanghera, The Times
‘A book-club novel ripe for discussion’ Adele Parks, Platinum
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I really enjoyed this book. It was gripping and fast paced. It shows that a mother will always be there for her child.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a great plot and the characters were very interesting. I would recommend this book..
Two Wrongs is a standalone thriller where the focus is on students attending the same university. Sondra is walking home after her shift at Bristol Royal Infirmary when, on the Clifton suspension bridge, a young woman climbs over the safety railings and prepares to jump to her death. The woman is Satnam Mann, a student at Avon university, and Sondra tries to intervene. She persuades Satnam to call her best friend and flatmate Nevis Smith before she is taken to the hospital for treatment. Introverted and autistic Nevis can't understand what would have made Satnam want to end it all and is sad that she didn't share her problems with her. Nevis texts her estranged mother, Honor, who she has not spoken to in months, but right now needs her presence. Honor is awakened by the text message and her mother's instincts tell her that something is wrong so heads for Bristol. Satnam's parents weren't impressed when their daughter chose to go to university. Satnam's academic performance was declining and she had been concerned that her parents would pile on the pressure to return home. When another from the university succeeds in killing herself, Nevis begins to investigate. Two Wrongs is a riveting thriller with an original plot and a wicked misdirection that reveals duplicity, explosive secrets, and betrayals. Brimming with intense drama, it is told from the perspectives of three characters including Satnam and Nevis and precisely how their lives and their plot threads merge is masterfully executed. A very worthy five stars. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from HQ via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Girls are dying in Bristol from what looks like suicide. Nevis’s best friend attempts to kill herself . What is going on and why are these girls trying/killing themselves. Nevis tries to find out but her mother doesn’t want her digging to deep as Honour has secrets from the fast which could collide with what’s going on now. Good read Thanks NetGalley
Although the story was easily worked out early on, I enjoyed reading this book and liked the character of Honour. However I found some of the other characters totally vile. I believe this book was well researched and I’m sure that the scandal is not solely confined to these pages but is probably going on in the real world. A good four star read only losing one star because as I’ve already stated, there was no subtlety in the story.
‘Two Wrongs’ is the latest book by Mel McGrath. In the city of Bristol, young women are dying in mysterious circumstances. The deaths look like suicides – but are they something more sinister? Honor is terrified that her daughter might be next. But as she looks for clues as to what really happened to the girls, she stumbles upon a link to a dark secret in her own past – one that she’s kept from her daughter. Now Honor has the chance to avenge her child for the terrible events of years ago. But how far will she go to protect her daughter and right the wrongs done to her family? ‘Two Wrongs’ is gripping psychological thriller that explores the power dynamics and ethics between students and university professors. The story is seen from the perspective of Nevis who’s best friend with Satnam who attempts to take her own life. Puzzled as to why Satnam, a seemingly intelligent and happy woman would try to throw herself off a bridge. Nevis starts her own investigation into her best friend’s life and discovers that she has a different life that she was unaware off. Nevis’s mother called Honour, is concerned about her daughter. Although, they are not biological mother and daughter, Honor wants to be there for her daughter and help her through this dark time. But as she tries to be there for her daughter, Honor finds herself delving into past and having to sir up unwanted memories. The story is also seen from the narrative of the Dean of the university Cullen who’s under immense pressure in both his personal and professional life, with his wife wanting to have a baby, a mother in a nursing home with financial worries and suicide campaign happening at his university. The main characters in the story make an interesting mix of personalities, Nevis is a mathematician and approaches issues with mathematical thinking. She’s a bit of an awkward character, who has to come out of her shell as she looks into her best friend’s lifestyle and tries to make sense of her life. Her relationship with her mother is taunt, having lost her biological mother to suicide, she’s overcome with the situation and retreats from Honor’s support. The book has short snappy chapters that keeps the reader engaged, the characters are flawed with real life issues, such as abuse and finance and riddled with twists that weave seamlessly together. With twisted relationships and suspense throughout, ‘Two Wrongs’ explores hard hitting issues with compassion and clever writing in this gripping, psychological thriller. You can pre-order ‘Two Wrongs’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 4th March 2021.
This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable. Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuously. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I was provided an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. This is my own honest voluntary review
I enjoyed Two Wrongs, it kept me gripped throughout. I liked the way it switched between characters and gave the different stories. The portrayal (I’m assuming as it wasn’t ever clarified) of a young woman with undiagnosed autism was pretty good and added to the story.
I am a huge lover of Mel McGrath after this book, honestly couldn't put this book down. My fingers had been crossed I'd be accepted for this book and I was right on it once I was. The drama started right from the get go and didn't stop until the end - the first few chapters you had an attempted suicide and from then on, the thrills just kept coming, I couldn't put the book down, it came everywhere with me and I finished it within 24 hrs. Absolutely loved it.
This book starts with an already fraught scenario...a young woman attempting suicide on the Bristol Suspension bridge. A nurse on her way home finds Satnam clinging to the fence and calls Satnam's friend Nevis from her cell phone. Satnam is taken to hospital and is in a coma. As I read further, it becomes clear that Nevis is socially awkward and is probably on the autistic spectrum. She likes numbers and thinks mostly in black and white. She has difficulty processing emotions but she is determined to discover why her friend would attempt to commit suicide. She starts to investigate and discovers information that could put her in danger. Her stepmother Honour arrives in Bristol via her trusty van, Gerry, and in spite of their prickly relationship, the secrets between Nevis and Honour reveal themselves to be part of the story. The reason I enjoyed this book so much was partly due the characterisation and how the author increases the tension as it progresses. I felt frustration as Nevis misreads situations and found myself almost yelling out loud at some points.. The characters are likeable and the story races along to a satisfying conclusion. Well worth a read. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy in return for an honest review.
Huge fan of this author and this is another absolutely superb read. I have nothing negative I can say about this book. It has been a great read filled with interesting characters and a unique plot.
What a brilliant book from this author! Fantastic storyline, great characters and plot twists to die for! Loved it and I can’t wait to read more from this author
Two Wrongs by Mel McGrath is a gripping psychological thriller that consumed me from the start. It is a creepy read as there are several perpetrators and the reader cannot work out who can be trusted. Secrets are being kept and hidden. Something sinister lies in the past. It is something that will sink lives if revealed. The reader witnesses the heavy toll burdens place on characters. The pressure to succeed takes some down roads they’d rather not go. Bonds formed years ago remain. A love that unites friends is unbreakable. Covered up crimes need to be revealed. Corruption must no longer succeed. Two Wrongs was a cleverly constructed thriller. It did make for uncomfortable reading at times but was utterly gripping as I wanted to see if justice would be served. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Really enjoyed this book, which tells the story of two girls at uni sadly committing suicide. The clever links to the past and the plot twists are clever and well written. At the centre of the story is Nevis and her mum Honor. A good read showing the manipulation and exploitation of people in power against students.
This is an enjoyable book, which is fast moving and has a plethora of intriguing characters. This is what I liked most about the story, Mel McGrath develops the characters in a way which helps to build: Almost literally to a cliff hanger ending. I really enjoyed the clever use of fictional Universities, but within real geographical locations. This helps to anchor the novel with a sense of time and place. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot before the denouement. If you like a crime thriller which is full of good quality characters and quick moving, then this may be a book for you. I give my thanks to Netgalley and HQ Digital for a copy in exchange for this review.
I really enjoyed this book- Nevis and all the other characters are well written and thoroughly rounded. A few twists and turns long the way.
Many Thanks to Mel McGrath and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book before being published in exchange for an honest review. Psychological thriller about the possibility of a suicide contagion spreading through students attending the same university. The book is about power in Universities, how students can be treated by teachers who cover from each other and about suicidal students. Love between mothers and daughters is from the beginning to the end of the book. I finished the book quite quick, 3 sittings, although I thought I was not going to enjoy it. The beginning was quite slow. It took me time to get used to the characters because the 90% of them were quite insufferable people. I struggled to carry on until half of the book but then things starting to get moving. The last half of the book was quite quick paced, a couple of nice people, living in boats and I really enjoy the end. I wouldn´t say I won´t be reading any other books by Mel as the story keeps coming back to me after a few weeks of finishing the book.
This is a psychological thriller set around a university in Bristol that is experiencing a succession of suicidal episodes that the university hierarchy are trying to downplay, blaming hysteria, stress and accusing the students of underachievement on their chosen courses. There is history between a senior tutor at the university and the mother that her "adoptive" daughter is not aware of that then becomes integral to this tale. Breath-taking finale.
Students at the fictional Avon University are taking their own lives. Nevis is a brilliant maths student herself with close links to these girls. Her understanding of social mores and relationships sometimes gives her an alternative view on the world. Is this suicide contagion or is there something more sinister at play? The university staff don't always seem to have the students' best interests at heart, in fact the dean has problems of his own. Honor, Nevis's adoptive mother will fight to the death for her, however. I loved the way the interwoven characters came together with themes of rape, grooming, power, cover ups, secrets and lies. Fast paced and gripping.
This is a slow burn but give it a go - I tried once and gave up but then got back to it. In the end all the strands get neatly sown up and make sense. From about a quarter of the way in, I really engaged with the book and the narrative. The characters were very well developed and you could really believe in them. I would have liked to know more about Maddy - Madeline. I was given an advance copy by netgalley and the publisher but the review is entirely my own.
Two Wrongs ticked all the right boxes for me and was everything I'd want in a decent crime novel. It was a great read that kept me gripped right to the end. The story begins with a punch, with a dramatic event that shapes the narrative of the whole story. I enjoyed the locations - and although I'm not familiar with Bristol could clearly visualise the key places where the story unfolds. I could see this making a great ITV 6-parter along the lines of Liar or The Bay perhaps. The story is well told through the perspectives of three key characters - Nevis, Honor (her mother) and Cullen. All three characters were easy to picture and get to know, although my opinions of them and their actions changed as I made my way through the book. I would definitely recommend Two Wrongs to fans of this genre. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book. An easy and enjoyable read despite touching on both suicide and rape.
Two Wrongs centres around Nevis and her adoptive mother Honor. Nevis is studying at university and shares a flat with best friend Satnam. A dramatic incident on the Clifton Suspension Bridge with Satnam triggers a chain of events involving other university students. Central to this storyline we hear from Nevis - affected by Satnam's actions and determined to find out the cause, Honor - caring and supporting her daughter and struggling herself with a tragic past, and university Dean Christopher Cullen. The multi-perspectives from these three characters really set the scene both past and present. To begin with I found the pacing a little slow for my liking, the drama for the bridge scene a little lacking, but soon found that I was hooked and desperate to continue reading. It becomes rather compelling when obvious secrets are there, cover ups are taking place and people are less than scrupulous. I found Nevis a wonderful and complex character. A little socially awkward, not street wise and perhaps a little vulnerable and naive. She takes things a little too literally which had me chuckling at times. Honor, too, is a brilliant character. Completely loyal and faithful with so much love for her daughter. A great psychological thriller with dark gritty secrets, intensity and suspense. But be warned it does cover heavier and darker topics. (TW: Rape, Suicide) Thank you to @hqstories and @Netgalley for providing me with a #gifted digital copy of the book.
After seeing some of the other reviews on here, I didn't really have high hopes for this book before reading. However, I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed it. I sped through this, and didn't want to put it down. I loved McGrath's writing style, it was just so easy and enjoyable. I haven't read any Mel McGraths books before but I definitely will now. Got a fan now! I really liked the plot, and as a teacher myself I could really picture it. The writing was so visual and filmic. Definitely think it would make a great TV show. I can see this as the next Netflix series. The only downside for me, and unfortunately I find this a lot with thriller books, was the ending. I found it very far fetched and overly dramatic. It all ended quite quickly too. That's the reason I couldn't give the book the full 5*. Overall I really enjoyed this, and would recommend to others! Now to read through McGrath's back catalogue!
The book is centred above Nevis and her adopted mum, Honor. Nevis and her mum, Honor, have become estranged over the months. The book begins with Nevis currently studying at Avon University and sharing a room with her best friend Satnam. Unexpectedly, Satnam tries to commit suicide. As the story unfolds, Nevis discovers, there is a lot more to Satnam’s suicide than not being able to cope with uni life. Two more suicides occur in the group of friends and Nevis sets out to find the truth about what is going on. Overall, I found this to be a gripping book. I am always a fan of the short chapters and the dual perspectives as these add to the suspense and the pace of the book. I was longing for Nevis not to get caught up in whatever was going on and she quickly became my favourite character. About half way through the book, me and Claire managed to piece together what was going on, although there were blanks and some far fetched theories along the way. I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it. Now to check out more of this author’s work.
This was the first of Mel McGrath's books that I have read and I enjoyed it. I liked the three main characters (Nevis, Honor and Cullen) and liked that they took turns as the narrator of the chapters. I found Cullen tremendously creepy and his behaviour had me shocked. I just couldn't believe how dreadful he was and his descent in to more and more drunken chaos was fantastic! I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
# Two Wrongs # Netgalley A well written book and one of interest I didn’t want to put it down in parts, as I wanted to see what Nevie would do next. Especially as Cullen had taken her to dinner. I was also pulling for Satnam. Jessica and Tash I really felt so much anger in a way, more Jessica to be in such a place that suicide is the only way out. It’s so sad. I actually know this was a fictional novel. However the subject should be made more public. University’s are always going to try to cover things up. But no they should not be able to get away with it. It’s not just university’s realky it’s any establishment a university, a business, if they have the money they can afford to cover anything up. A real twisty turny book with a few surprises you just do not see coming
One event starts a chain of events but where will it all end ? A university student is found on the Clifton Suspension Bridge but she collapses before she can jump. Her best friend Nevis can’t understand why her friend would want to end her life. But she soon finds out that her best friend has been keeping secrets !! Nevis’ Mum, Honor, tries to comfort her daughter but their relationship is a little strained. When another girl at the university kills herself Honor starts to worry that Nevis could be next. Will Honor be able to save her daughter and uncover why these girls are trying to kill themselves ? This is a great twisty psychological thriller that although starts off a little slow it soon picks up the pace. Thank you to HQ and NetGalley for a digital copy of this book.
Two Wrongs is a standalone thriller about the possibility of the phenomenon of suicide contagion spreading through students attending the same university. Sondra is walking home after a long, arduous shift cleaning the A&E department at Bristol Royal Infirmary when she happens upon a terrifying sight. On the Clifton suspension bridge, a known suicide hotspot, a young woman climbs over the safety railings and prepares to jump to certain death. The woman is Satnam Mann, a mathematics and biosciences student at (the fictional) Avon university, and Sondra tries to intervene and talk some sense and hope into the apparently determined girl. She eventually manages to persuade Satnam to call her best friend and flatmate Nevis Smith before she passes out, falls into a coma and is taken to the nearby hospital for treatment. The naive, introverted and autistic Nevis can't understand what would have made Satnam want to end it all and is sad that she didn't share her problems with her to ease her burden. Nevis arrives at the bridge in an Uber and texts her estranged mother, Honor, who she hasn't been on good terms with and has not spoken to in months, but right now she needed her comforting presence. Honor is awakened by the text message — "need speak now” — as she sleeps soundly on the narrowboat she calls the Kingfisher and her mother's instincts tell her immediately that something is wrong. Almost on autopilot, she disembarks the barge still in her pyjamas, navigates the canal towpath and jumps straight into her reliable old van, Gerry, heading for Bristol. Honor isn't actually Nevis’ biological mother; she was Honor’s friend Zoe Jeffers’ daughter who died aged nineteen by committing suicide when Nevis was only three months old. However, Honor has never found the right time to tell Nevis that she is the product of rape, which certainly won't be easy to stomach. Meanwhile, we discover that Satnam's parents, Bikram and Narinder Mann, weren't exactly overjoyed when their daughter chose to head to university. They adhere to Indian cultural traditions and had arranged a man for Satnam to marry, but she already has a boyfriend, Luke, who the family disapprove of because he's white. Her academic performance has been declining and she had been concerned that failing her degree would pile on the pressure to return home and marry the suitor. Professor Christopher Cullen is also facing issues of his own with a spouse determined to live above their means. He is already struggling to afford his mother’s care home fees and the stunning Regency property they inhabit, when his wife, the Honorable Veronica Fanshawe-Drew, decides she wants to have a child. This drives him to drink and he develops a serious liking for whisky. When two other girls from the university leap into the abyss and succeed in killing themselves, Nevis begins to investigate. This is a riveting and compulsive thriller with an original plot and a wickedly twisty narrative that reveals explosive secrets, vicious betrayals and dark duplicity. Full of intense and enthralling drama, it is told from the perspectives of our three main characters — Satnam, Nevis and Cullen — and how their lives and their once separate plot threads converge is cleverly executed. The prologue whets your appetite ready to sink your teeth into a story of a mother’s unbounded love for her daughter and a deadly desire for vengeance.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 In the city of Bristol, young women are dying in mysterious circumstances. The deaths look like suicides - but could it be somethng more sinister? Honor is terrifed that her daughter might be next. But as she looks for clues as to what really hapened to the girls, she stumbles on a link to a dark secret of her own past - one she's kept from her own daughter. Now Honor has the chance to avenge her child for the terrible events of years ago. But how far will she go to protect her daughter and right the wrongs done to her family. This is a thriller that covers: rape, betrayal and friendship. The pace is slow at the beginning but it soon picks up to a more steady pace in the second half. Female students are seemingly committing suicide. This is a cleverly crafted story. Honor and her adopted daughter Nevis try to work out what is going on. Honor findss herself involved due to an incident involving Zoe, Nevis' birth mother. I found this story a little predictable. But i still enjoyed the book. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #HQ and the author #MelMcGrath for my ARC #TwoWrongs in exchange for an honest review.
This story is slow-building psychological suspense that explores important contemporary themes through the three different character viewpoints. It begins dramatically, but it's what lies beneath that makes this addictive reading. The mother-daughter dynamic is well written and counterbalances the abuse, betrayal and deceit revealed. The three main characters are carefully and realistically crafted, and they drive this story forward. I received a copy of this book from HQ via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Another good read from Mel McGrath. The book opens with an attempted suicide by Satnam, a student. She collapses before she can jump from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Her best friend and fellow student, Nevis, cannot understand why Satnam would have attempted to end her life. Two further student suicides follow and Nevis becomes convinced they are linked. and as she digs into the events a whole host of murky issues begin to emerge. Alongside trying to discover what prompted the attempted and actual suicides, Nevis is dealing with her tricky relationship with her mother and issues from their past. The narration is shared between Nevis, her mother Honor and the Dean, Cullen, at the students' university and it moves quite neatly back and forth. As the story develops it is clear that matters are not as they should be at Avon University and there are cover-ups and a host of secrets. The characterisation is very good. Nevis is a complex character, she doesn't really 'get' people but she is very loyal and rather sweet. Honour is a loving mother who is struggling to understand what has gone wrong between her and her daughter. Cullen is a deluded egotist, a bully and a coward. There are some dark themes in this novel mainly around power and control, prestige and reputation. They are very effectively explored. I enjoyed the university setting with all the plotting and politics. It was pretty realistic! The pacing of this novel is clever in that it starts off quite slowly but as events unfold it rapidly accelerates to the point where I was whipping through the pages. The end was very satisfying. In summary, this was an intriguing psychological thriller with a clever story and great characters. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed reading Two Wrongs. Yes the story is predictable but the characters are interesting and well formed and it is an enjoyable read. A good old fashioned crime book not to be overlooked.
I enjoyed this book even though it featured well worn tropes and the ending was fairly predictable. That being said it was well written and atmospheric, I went to college in Bristol and the city and its surroundings were well described and the characters were certainly fleshed out and relatable.
3.5 stars This is a good read. The story is told from the perspectives of three characters: Nevis, a university student, Honor, her adoptive mother and Cullen, Dean at the university. It was a bit confusing at first at they all have secrets that they’re hiding. The book begins with Satnam, a student at the university, about to commit suicide by jumping off Clifton Suspension Bridge. A passer by calls out to her and she asks her to call Nevis. Before Satnam can jump she collapses and is rushed to hospital. Nevis’ mum arrives at the hospital and it’s clear there is tension between them. Nevis tries to work out what drove her friend to this point by digging into her life, but two more suicides follow and she realises there could be a link. Cullen’s life is starting to unravel and he struggles to cope with his past. This is a bit of a slow burner and took me a while before I really got into it but it’s a good read. Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Honor needs to protect her daughter but how? Young woman seem to be taking their own lives is Honor's daughter going to do the same. As Honour looks into the deaths it suddenly becomes apparent that all is not what it seems she believes that they didn't commit suicide. When Honor's past starts catching up with her can she be brave enough to face her past and save her family?
University student, Satnam Mann is at the end of her tether. Confused and disorientated , she ‘s clinging to Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Sondra, a tired cleaner going home after her shift, tries to persuade her to come down but Satnam is determined. After persuading Sondra to call her flatmate and best friend , Nevis, Satnam collapses and is taken to hospital in a coma. Nevis is shocked by Satnam’s actions and, as she heads for the bridge in an Uber, she texts her adoptive mother, Honor, leaving an enigmatic message. Honor is awakened on her houseboat by the text, immediately knows that something’s wrong and that Nevis needs her help. They haven’t spoken in months and she is upset by their estrangement. But, without thinking, she gets dressed and drives down to Bristol in her trusty old van, Gerry. Christopher Cullen, the Dean of Nevis and Satnam’s faculty at Avon University, is a desperate man. A serious whisky habit doesn’t help and he feels that he’s at the mercy of the two woman in his life; Amanda, his mother and Veronica, his trophy wife. Amanda’s care home fees are mounting up and Veronica’s desire to have a child is all consuming. But he owes Amanda for covering up something from his past when he was 15 and she has never let him forget it. And then as he’s driving he sees a person who he never expected to see again and never, ever stopped hating……… This is a suspenseful, dark, twisting tale of revenge and a mother’s love for her daughter. Honor has protected Nevis from birth and adopted her after her birth mother, Zoe’s suicide when she was 3 months old. It’s seamlessly told from 3 perspectives; Nevis, Honor and Cullen and the consequences of a despicable action years ago at another university that was covered up. Sometimes this type of narrative can feel disjointed but here it worked very well. I thought it was interesting to have a main character who is on the autistic spectrum. She sees things in numbers, has no social skills and yet knows that something is wrong at the university. Nevis cares deeply for Honor and Satnam and wants to discover the truth. It’s a novel concerned with cover-ups with one of the major plot elements was that of female students having affairs with faculty staff in return for good grades. Cullen sees it as one of the perks of the job and once #MeToo has died down ‘things would revert to normality again.’ This made for a disturbing, plausible and thought provoking read. Cullen gleefully gets a member of staff sacked over allegations of him having affairs with students. However, Cullen was a very unsympathetic, cruel character without any redeeming features and he was almost too much the villain. There was also a supernatural subplot involving Zoe, Nevis’s birth mother which I would have liked to have been a stronger element.
Honor adopts her best friend Zoe's baby, Nevis, when Zoe dies. She has never told Nevis the circumstances around what truly happened back then. They live on a narrow boat on Hackney Marshes and recently Nevis has gone to university in Bristol. The story begins with Nevis's flatmate and best friend, Satnam, about to commit suicide by jumping off Clifton Bridge. As Nevis tries to work out why, she realises that Satnam's friends are hiding something and the university don't seem to be doing anything. I cared for all the characters and wanted justice for them. A real page turner.
I really found myself into this story and didn't want to put it down. The title is intriguing and the brain responds to to 'Two Wrongs' with 'don't make a right' as the age old saying goes. The story is sad and can be hard to understand at first, but all becomes clear as we realise that students at a university are unhappy and self destructive because of some hidden trauma. We look at this through the eyes of various main characters in turn. This technique enables the author to plump up the details as the various threads untangle. There is also a time lapse character involvement which is acceptable as 'artistic licence' as the tangles lives of both students and older generations gradually are revealed. Recommended.
A dark and atmospheric thriller. Unlike some reviewers I enjoyed the slow pace at its onset as it set the background before the pace picked up. Honor has brought up her adopted daughter, Nevis as a single mother following the death of her best friend and birth mother. Their relationship is shaky she would do anything for her so when a call comes from Nevis following an attempted suicide of her best friend Honor races to Bristol to help. Nevis is at University there, a bright student who is unhappy with the way some of her friends are behaving to increase their grades. As events unfold there appears to be a link between Honor’s past and the current situation. I liked the characterisation of the lead players even those who turned out to be totally flawed had some endearing qualities at the start. Worth trying, I’d definitely read more from this author
This is a good, pacy thriller that has you rooting for the main characters and for the antagonists to get their comeuppance. I did find the portrayal/implication that one of the main characters had autism a bit cliched though, in the way it's depicted. I live with two people on the spectrum and these cliched behaviours are really unfair. Every single autistic person is different and unique.
5 different things about this book 1. The characters, good and bad, are flawed, each and every one has irritating yet endearing features and idiosyncrasies about them, this was fascinating to me as a reader, they weren’t there to be perfect, admired or pitied, no apologies given but shown to be as they are, take it or leave it 2. The book is set in Bristol, not many are I have read, as an almost 18 year old I was thrust into ‘Somerset life’ re my parents job’s ( moving from Bradford ) Bristol was the London of the area for me at that time and a haven to explore, was good although at times strange to be back there, am not quite sure how residents would take to being called ‘feral’ mind you as the author refers to them, a few times 3. One of the book’s main characters lives in a canal boat, I loved the descriptions of the boat and the carefree ‘living’ that comes with this lifestyle 4. You have no idea at the start of the book just how serious a subject this book will cover, how only a decade ago this would have been snubbed as unsavoury to discuss and now how real,sadly, it all was/is and 5. The book ‘got to me’, I grew to like the characters and grew to care what happened, it wasn’t instant by any means, it took effort on all our parts but we got there, and it was a fascinating journey, well worth the few bumps on the way 8/10 4 Stars
Not an easy read, a real slow burner which suddenly comes to life. A story line very topical, which proves that the past does eventually catch up with you and justice prevails. Well recommended, fascinating story great read
Two Wrongs by Mel McGrath. A woman comes across a female uni student about to throw herself of a bridge into the abyss . The girl allows her to phone her friend Nevis who races to the bridge. This is a brilliant read, from the moment you read the first page you will not be able to put this down. A well developed storyline with characters you either loved or hated.
The characters in this book are artfully written with each awkward, painful teenage interaction very true to life along with the overwhelming creepiness of the university professors, conspiring to hide the truth but none of them are particularly likeable. The plot is bitty in parts- a bit more detail into the interactions between the characters would not have gone amiss but enough is shown to allow the reader to surmise the events as they unfold. however, overall a well plotted and easy to read story.