Books |

A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is merely described (summary review) or analyzed based on content, style, and merit.

When Laura wakes up after her office drinks party and sees a man’s shirt on her…

2 min read

When Laura wakes up after her office drinks party and sees a man’s shirt on her bedroom floor, she is horrified. But this is no ordinary one-night-stand regret. Laura suffers from severe face-blindness, a condition that means she is completely unable to identify and remember faces. So the man she spent all night dancing with and kissing – the man she thought she’d brought home – was ‘Pink Shirt’. But the shirt on her floor is blue. And now Laura must go to work every day, and face the man who took advantage of her condition. The man she has no way of recognising. She doesn’t know who he is . . . but when she finds him she’ll make him pay.
I’ve never read a book like this before. To be honest, I’ve never heard of face blindness and I found it so interesting to learn about it. The book explored the issue of consent throughout in a really different way to any other book I’ve read. I found that, at times, the book could be a bit repetitive. A lot of it just focused on Laura’s work life and it was a bit of a drag sometimes. I liked how the book focused more on Laura and how the attack impacted her rather than her attacker. For me, the ending was a bit meh. The actual attacker was a bit of a let down just because I felt we didn’t know them super well and they had been largely in the background. I would have preferred if a more prominent character had been behind it. I didn’t really like that the climax of the story didn’t focus on what happened to Laura. It was more about David and Rebecca. The reveal of Laura’s attacker did feel like an afterthought in a way. I did like how the different stories came together and my issues with the pace of the story were made up for a bit with the interesting storyline. All in all, a decent read with a good story. It was a bit slow and it did drag but I still enjoyed it and I would recommend it.