Eva Dolan’s This Is How It Ends (Raven £7.99) is set in a block of council flats scheduled for demolition. Green campaigners and undercover cops face off in this tense, topical novel.
Just buy this book and read it. You might not see another British noir thriller this good for a long time to come... So, what is it that Eva Dolan nails? Well, the storytelling, characterisation and above all timing of this book are all… um… totally nailed. This is an author one step ahead of the early adopter crime readers out there, of social issues, of publishers and of her fans... You won’t be able to put this book down as the tension builds between Molly and Ella.
Dolan is expert at the orchestration of tension, right up to the vertiginous climax. This first stand-alone novel – her earlier work featured hate-crime coppers Zigic and Ferreira – also adds a new layer to the author’s trenchant social commentary. While the authorities are presented in unsympathetic fashion, Molly’s unending crusades over a variety of issues have not filled the void in her life that initially propelled her along this path. Dolan seems to suggest that organic human interaction is preferable to a lifetime of battling for right-on causes.