One of the Good Guys | By Araminta Hall




Book Review | Mystery Thriller

One of the Good Guys
If most men claim to be good, why are most women still afraid to walk home alone at night? Desperate to escape the ghosts of his failed marriage, Cole upends his life. He leaves London behind for a remote stretch of coast, relishing the respite from the noise, drama, and relentless careerism that curdled his relationship and mental health. Leonora has made the same move for similar reasons. She’s living a short walk from Cole’s seaside cottage, preparing for her latest art exhibition. Although Cole still can’t figure out what went wrong with his marriage, and Leonora is having trouble acclimating to the hostile landscape, the pair forges a connection on the eroding bluff they call home. Then two young female activists raising awareness about gendered violence disappear while passing through. Cole and Leonora suddenly find themselves in the middle of a police investigation--and the resulting media firestorm when the world learns of what happened. And as the tension escalates alongside the search for the missing women, they quickly realize that they don’t know each other that well after all. (Goodreads)




My thoughts








Narrative and Plot









I did not expect this book to go the direction it went. I went into it thinking that it was going to be one of those domestic thrillers where it all unfurls in the second part. However, the way it unfurled, I did not see that coming.

If you haven’t read the book, I would suggest you stop reading here and come back after you finish it. Even though I am keeping it non-spoiler, I figure you would enjoy this book more if you went into it blind.

The story is told from Cole’s perspective in the first part, Mel’s perspective int e second and a mixed multimedia format in the third one. It is a whirlwind of events, basically. The theme is relevant in today’s world and can start so many conversations. This makes up for an ideal book club pick, whether you like it or hate it.



















Characters and Conflicts











Cole, Lenora and Mel are the central characters of the story. Even while reading Cole’s point of view, something really was off about him from the beginning. You can see the signs, but you cannot accuse someone because of that. But this is a thriller and you don’t expect anything better. Things start to shift gradually from part two and tectonically in the third part. A lot of things are happening at the same time in the book. However, it manages be clear about the message it wants to convey.

Some people would say that it is an overtly feminist take, if there is such a thing. However, I would like to see it more like a social commentary on how we, as a society, react to a crisis, especially the ones that happen against women. However, the big twist in the book is where it got me. Up until that moment, this was looking like a five star, but the final twist is a bit divise as far as I am concerned. Art is subjective and each person can have their take. But despite how justice can be twisted, you should never negate something that actual victims suffer from. It takes away the point that you were trying to prove.

I believe this extreme step was intentional.

A. Because this is fiction.

B. Because it wanted to shock you and make you think.




























Overall, this is going to make into my list of one of the unique and unsettling fiction I’ve read this year. The last time I read something that stirred some deeper critical thinking cap of mine was Followers by Megan Angelo.

There is this one article in the book that gives an unbiased take on the events that took place on this fictional coast. However, it is not easy to find out the one unbiased opinion amidst a sea of polarised view. And that’s the note I am going to end this with.








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