REVIEW: This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre
Four best friends with perfect lives. A once in a lifetime opportunity. Who can resist the call of fame and fortune?
Liv, Hetty, Jez and Duffy are auditioning for a new reality TV show. Producer Cassandra has warned them the process might be tough, but they are excited and keen to get on with things, confident that they can handle anything.
But when Cass produces a photo of a body, everyone realises that they may have something to hide after all…
Publisher: Electric Monkey (1 Jun. 2017)
We don’t often stop to think about how our actions or inactions can impact other peoples lives, but this book shows just how even seemingly small events can actually end up having a large impact. This Careless Life is a fantastic modern take on An Inspector Calls, with the reality show setting working really well for a modern audience. Liv and her friends are self absorbed teens with privileged backgrounds, although one of the four, Jez, is considered a bit of a do-gooder and even runs a charity which he set up himself. By the end of the book my opinions on each of them had changed, and not all for the better.
This is a well paced read that takes us swiftly through some of the four main characters more dubious decisions and the effect they had on one life in particular. I enjoyed seeing the transformation the characters went through, well most of them at least, as they realised they could have such a big influence on someone’s life. I like to think most of them would go on to change their ways and grow from their experience.
I also loved the link to Greek mythology which, I admit, I didn’t twig until the final pages which pretty much just told you who Cass is. And while I do love that link, I’m still not entirely sure it was necessary to include the final few pages. I think it would have worked slightly better without it, and just have the myth as a source of inspiration for the character instead.
This Careless Life is a riveting read that looks at human nature and will make you think twice about your own choices.
N.B. A review copy was provided via Netgalley in return for my unbiased opinion.