Review- This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

This Is How It Ends
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller
  • Pages: 307 Pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Eva Dolan
  • Publishing Date: January, 2018
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury India
  • ISBN-10: 1408886650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408886656


Ella is a community activist who squats in an almost abandoned building. All the tenants are slowly evicted by the owners because they want to convert the building into swanky condos. Ella is determined to stay and defend the few remaining tenants, despite the death threats. Molly is a seasoned activist, who devoted her whole life to political activism. Over the years she has sacrificed a lot to become a campaigner. As they both share a common interest, eventually their friendship turns into a sort of mother-daughter bond.

To promote her upcoming book, Ella organizes a rooftop party. After the party, she finds a dead body in her apartment. Confused by the turn of events, she calls Molly for help. Molly is convinced that police won’t help them.  So both women try to cover up the crime by hiding the body in an elevator shaft. But as usual, everything is not as it seems. Soon Molly starts to suspect that Ella is not telling her the entire truth and she is hiding something huge from her. What follows is a web of lies and deceit.

This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan is a psychological thriller which is set in the world of social activism. The narrative jumps back and forth in time. Story is narrated from alternative point of views of Ella and Molly who are social activists.

First of all, I must talk about the world building. Story is set against the backdrop of social activism. I don’t know about others but I haven’t read something like this before. It talks about serious subjects like exploitation by corporates and socio-economic cleansing of neighborhoods by forcing the existing inhabitants to move away from the locality. The protagonists are campaigners who believe in fighting for a cause. Rather than grumbling about the sleeping authorities, they prefer to picket in public to shake the said authorities. They believe in the concept of ‘be the change you want to see in the world’.

I always like the books which inspire me to read more on the subject. After reading this one, I read more about gentrification, picketing and few of the protests mentioned in the book. Eva Dolan has written a complex and elaborate story which is steeped in mystery, escalating suspense and web of lies. The main characters are dark & intricate. One has to peel back numerous layers to find out the truth about these women. It takes a lot of time to unravel the real mystery which keeps the reader positively engaged.

To be honest, I was more interested in Molly’s story. A lonesome middle aged woman who gave up a lot in life to be an activist. She is someone who’s divided between her glorious past and harsh present realities. Though the world of activism is full of suspicion and competitiveness, she cares for Ella and considers her a kind of protégé.

 I specially liked the ending, where we join Ella and Molly in the present day scenario. Author makes the reader believe that they have guessed the ultimate truth. But obviously that’s a charade and the real revelation is yet come. Once the truth is revealed, it just leaves the reader wanting for more. Only thing which is missing in the story is ‘wow factor’. That’s why it took me a while to finish this book. But I would certainly recommend this book to all psychological thriller lovers.

 Rating- 3/5

Thank you Bloomsbury India for sending me this book for review.

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