Viral by Helen Fitzgerald
When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, humiliated and afraid: there is an online video of her, drunkenly performing a sex act in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.
Ruth Oliphant-Brotheridge, mother of the girls, successful court judge, is furious. How could this have happened? How can she bring justice to these men who took advantage of her dutiful, virginal daughter? What role has Leah played in all this? And can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn't want to be found?
Hey! Here's my review.
This novel got me thinking about the issue of consent (I love this video on consent). At what level of intoxication does a consenting sexual act become abuse? I could easily imagine a situation like this happening - especially after living on the Gold Coast in Australia and seeing the reckless behaviour during schoolies week every year.
Although I didn't agree with all the characters actions, I could relate to them and understand their motivations. The characters had depth and were well written. This is the second novel I've read by Helen and I plan to read more. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Where: NetGalley
- Format: ebook