Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Viral by Helen Fitzgerald
Thanks to Sophie Porter and Faber & Faber, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review..........
What if the worst thing you did went Viral..........
So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen her online. They include her mother, her father, her little sister, her grandmother, her other grandmother, her grandfather, her boss, her sixth year Biology teacher and her boyfriend James.
Meet Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su, they go on holiday together with two other friends to Magaluf to celebrate cojmpleting their A-levels but only Leah returns home. Su is ashamed and embarrassed as she drunkenly performed a sex act in a nightclub and there is an online video of her and everyone has seen it so she goes into hiding. Leah and Su's mother is a very successful court judge is furious wondering how could this have happened to her daughter? Why did Leah allow this to happen to Su? The questions are endless. Can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn't want to be found??
Well, the opening line in this book is definitely going to hook you and I can't put it in the review so you'll have to find out for yourself. Leah is a bit of a bitch towards Su but Su loves Leah and only wants to be accepted and loved by her sister. I really didn't like Leah when I started reading it and felt so sorry for Su but as the story develops I felt empathy for Leah after the incident as she tried to find her sister and the way her mother treated her too. It makes your realise how dangerous the internet and mobile phones can be with a bit of alcohol thrown into the mix and how fast something can spread when posted online. It was an interesting story and read it within 24 hours as I was curious to see how it would pan out but it didn't turn out the way I'd hoped but I did enjoy Viral even though I felt there was no real justice for Su after what happened to her. I can see this book been on many peoples sunloungers whilst abroad this Summer. This is the first book I've read by Helen Fitzgerald and it definitely won't be my last either.
Viral is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores from 2nd February 2016. It is currently £2.01 on Kindle at the time of publication of this review.