Review: And When She Was Good
I absolutely love a good suspense novel and twists and turns – if well done – are always appreciated. And When She Was Good particularly surprised me in that it has a main character, Heloise, who I really shouldn’t empathise with. She’s objectionable in many ways, not necessarily because of her unconventional profession but more because of her arrogance and slight air of superiority. Instead, I actually loved her feistiness and her determination.
And When She Was Good is a great novel about the lioness backed into a corner, doing everything she can to protect her life and her child. There may be some unconventional means taken to do this but that simply adds to the idea that she will go to any lengths to make sure her child has a good future. It is therefore hardly surprising that she encounters trouble from multiple sides: from an employee, from a former partner, from the law, even from her accountant.
What I liked most about this novel was that it started with life being relatively in order with one or two ends dangling. Threads were pulled and life became much more complicated very, very quickly. The novel had an extremely fast pace and that added to the feeling of the world rapidly crumbling around her and having to make quick decisions in order to salvage whatever she could.
This is one of those times when you’re really not sure if you should like the main character but – darn it! – you’re going to root for her anyway. You’ll decide after-the-fact whether or not she deserves it. For now, can she get out of the scrape? How will she do it? What will she sacrifice? When you’re swept along so fully by a book and its story and characters, how can you not love it?