She spoke out. I stayed silent. What would you do?
When Becky walks in on her boss with a woman who isn’t his wife, she’s horrified, but says nothing. She owes Matthew too much.
But when the same woman accuses him of rape, Becky is trapped in a nightmare. Was what she saw rape – or is Matthew, her trusted mentor, telling the truth? Becky must try to ignore her own traumatic past and its terrible hold on her.
As Becky attempts to untangle these blurred lines, she risks everything, even her home and family, to find the truth…
This would make such a brilliant book club read, so much of this is thought provoking. It made me question what I would do in that situation and provides some fantastic moral dilemmas.
Would I give up everything I had worked for to save the damage and reputation of a woman I barely know? The answer for me is a resounding yes as I would want someone to do the same for my daughters if they were ever in that situation. But not everything in this book is black and white, with a past that hinders Becky’s decisions and unsure of exactly what she saw there is definitely blurred lines. Hence the perfect title.
The characters were written with such insight that as you read you are quietly forming your own judgements and trying to see beyond what they state to determine the truth. With everything happening regarding the MeToo movement and more recently the accusations being thrown from both sides between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, the only people who ever know the real truth are the ones that lived it and unfortunately personality comes into play when it comes to being believed.
A thoroughly engaging and massively current read that questions the crossing of boundaries, the issue of consent and leaves you with the thought what would I do?
About the author
Hannah Begbie studied Art History at Cambridge University. She went on to become a talent agent, representing BAFTA and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning writers and comedians for fifteen years. She also enrolled in The Novel Studio course at City University, winning that year’s new writing prize. The book she developed there became her debut novel, MOTHER, which later went on to win the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers from the RNA. The TV rights were snapped up by Clerkenwell Films (Lovesick, Misfits) after a heated auction, with screenwriter Tom Edge (The Crown, Judy) attached.
She lives in north London with her husband and their two sons.
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