Well this was an interesting read!
Sadie’s father has been the town hero for years, everyone loves him and their family are well liked.
Now her father; George, has been arrested for sexual misconduct with some of the girls that Sadie goes to school with.
Instantly Sadie’s world is turned upside down. Her mother; Joan, is left shocked to the core. Her brother; Andrew, isn’t quite sure what to believe.
Did he do it? Is the man the town adored actually evil inside?
The book follows the family, as they come to terms with what has happened between the arrest and the trial.
Whittall manages to build so many core personalities into her fictional town. There are the people that go OTT in defending George; the ones that stop talking when you walk in and give you evil stares; the ones that pull childish pranks; the fake ones that pretend to care but actually don’t; the ones that aren’t quite sure how to act,and even one that took full advantage of the situation and ended up making it very profitable for them! And due to this, the plot feels uncannily true.
The book runs in real time, so the pace isn’t very fast, instead Whittall chooses to extract the raw thoughts from each family member and really home in on these. Although each member is deeply affected by the event, Sadie is the one that really begins to show her emotions through her actions, and because of this, I felt my strongest connection with her. She’s at that terrifying age, where too much unbalance can have a catastrophic effect, and Sadie begins to go off the rails. Losing her father to prison and her friends to the allegations, Sadie begins to make friendships that are unhealthy, will her boyfriend and mum be able to help her before it’s too late?
But did George actually do it? At first, Whittall allows you to trust George, then she begins to create doubt in your mind, until you are at the point where you don’t know if to believe George or to not, but with half the town supporting him, which half is right?
Perfectly capturing the collapse of a well liked all-American family, this book is perfect for readers that really like to connect with the characters.
The Best Kind of People is out in paperback right now.
*Thank you Eleni over at Hodder & Stoughton for sending me over a copy – truly grateful*
Until next time, Chloé x