From Goodreads: If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right? If your brother’s been accused of a terrible crime and you’re the main witness, then you banish all doubt and defend him. Isn’t that what families do? When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her at a party, his world of work and girls begins to fall apart. When Ellie’s brother is charged with the crime, but says he didn’t do it, her world of revision, exams and fitting in at a new school begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide. Brave and unflinching, this is a novel of extraordinary skillfulness and almost unbearable tension. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love – for one’s family and for another.
The subject matter is one of those delicate which subjects which could have gone terribly wrong in novel form which is why I was skeptical about reading this book but I was pleasantly surprised. Downhall handled the subject with grace. And in fact the actual subject of rape is more on the periphial or the story – it’s not about those directly involved but about a brother trying to protect his sister and a sister trying to do the right thing. It’s a love story about two people on opposite sides of an issue. It’s difficult to review the book without giving too much away but it was a book I couldn’t put down and against all odds I was rooting for the couple to be together.