Book Review: Viral by Helen Fitzgerald

ViralWhat’s it about?

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?

My thoughts

“Like everyone else in this place, she left her senses at home with her raincoat”

And therein, I feel, sets the moral of this story….

Well..the opening line kind of sets the tone for the rest of the book – I’ll let you discover that for one for yourselves. Suffice to say, I can’t see this book being found on any low supermarket shelf. It’s hard to read in places with very sexually explicit scenes and is probably not a book to leave around for young people to find.

It’s very easy to see and understand how Su would find herself in this situation, the whole Magaluf holiday lifestyle is certainly an eye-opener and totally believable especially if you’ve watched those warts and all TV shows.

I found some of Ruth’s actions extreme and wasn’t entirely convinced that her and some of the characters actions were believeable. I think she was looking for someone else to blame and whilst this book highlights the differences between legally and morally wrong and making people sorry for their actions she was looking in the wrong place.

Gone are the days when “today’s news is tomorrow’s fish and chip paper”. Here is a book which is very of our time; where one click online can last a lifetime! You have been warned!

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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