‘The Guilty Party’ by Mel McGrath is an intriguing read and initially centres around four friends seeing a crime being committed and deciding to do nothing about it.
Cassie, Bo, Anna and Dex have been friends for some years and have shared their sexual experiences amongst themselves by the photographs and input to the Big Black Book. Although they have moved on and have other relationships, including two being married, they still meet up, go away together and share their fun and games. They call themselves ‘The Group’.
It all goes wrong when they witness a rape after attending a festival together. Should they intervene, call the police, help, or ignore. The decision to ignore then leads to a spiralling effect.
This is the first novel I have read by this author and the issue she addressed and ask the reader to think about is, ‘what would you do?’
In today’s society and what goes on this is a difficult question to answer. I loved the jumping around from the main character, Cassie, narrating the story in the first person to the others intervening in the third person. As the story unfolds the clarity of ignoring something is tantamount to participating in the act, however we all know this is not straightforward.
Many thanks to NetGalley, and Me McGrath for my ARC in return for an unbiased review.
Complex and brilliant. Highly recommended.