Simon & Schuster UK July 2018
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW LONG IT TAKES TO DIG A GRAVE?
Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough; Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all, until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out – after all, they have each other.
HOWEVER LONG YOU THINK IT TAKES, DOUBLE THAT.
On the tropical island of Bora Bora, Mark takes Erin scuba diving. Mark is with her – she knows he’ll keep her safe. Everything will be fine. Until they find something in the water. A suitcase full of cash.
IT’S BORING. AND LONG. AND IT HAS TO BE DONE.
Erin and Mark decided to keep their discovery a secret – after all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… which will endanger everything they hold dear.
I’M NOT A BAD PERSON.
OR MAYBE I AM.
MAYBE YOU SHOULD DECIDE.
A couple who really do seem to have everything, Erin and Mark really are them, attractive, affluent and planning their stunning wedding. When Mark loses his job compromises have to be made, the wedding scaled back a bit, the honeymoon shortened, but what is clear, because Erin tells us, is that this is a couple in love, truly in love and that counts for everything. Or does it? Because along comes one of those massive moral dilemmas – something in the water, a life changing amount of cash! What would you do? What would I do? The big question and an issue for Mark that smashes open their perfect relationship – not so envy inducing now.
The story begins with Erin digging a grave, before skipping back three months. Immediately whetting the readers appetite. Following this banging start, the story slows as time is spent detailing Mark and Erin’s relationship, all told in the first person narrative of Erin. I enjoyed this part of the story as their life really was perfect – true fictional escapism, but all good things must come to an end and this one surely does.
Overall an entertaining and relatively quick read, far fetched in parts but this is fiction and actually the whole concept – finding that bag of cash isn’t steeped in reality so who cares! At times I found myself frustrated with Erin, some of her actions were in my opinion stupid or naïve but I’ve already said I don’t know what I would do, so who am I to judge? The characters were strong and the relationships interesting, and while not wholly unpredictable there were plenty of aspects of this book that kept me guessing.
The author is an actress and while I’ve said it a bit lately, this is another book that would make a great movie or TV drama, in my opinion. An entertaining read that raises some nice moral questions and has left me wondering what will be next for Erin, without giving anything away, the very fact she was digging a grave meant she had crossed a line and I wonder if there is more to come!
Have you read this book or will you be reading it? Thanks to the publishers Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of the book and thanks as always for reading!