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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,081 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Ella Riordan is a community activist who became famous when she was beaten by police during a social protest. Now Ella is a squatter in a building where the owners are evicting tenants so they can convert it into luxury condos, and she’s determined to stay and defend the few holdout tenants, despite death threats.

One night after a rooftop party with her fellow holdouts, El
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA
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Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eva Dolan has written a superb bleak and atmospheric psychological thriller that provides background of how the the horror that resulted in the Grenfell Tower disaster came to manifest itself. It covers the burning issues of gentrification and the social and economic cleansing of the poor and the working class whilst the property developers ruthlessly profiteer in London. Dolan gives us a rare glimpse into the alternative lifestyles and lives of the political activists, revealing their human riv ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
This starts as a book about taking on the system, about the little guys and gals railing against the system. A housing project in London is due to be destroyed to make way for luxury housing. Ella, a young blogger and anti-gentrification activist, is trying to fight the proposed project and help the six remaining owners. Molly is another more long term activist. One night, at a party for Ella’s upcoming book, there’s a death and Molly and Ella cover it up. I didn’t buy into their reason
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan is a psychological thriller. The story is told from alternating the prospective between Ella and Molly and also flashing back into the past to the events leading up to where the book begins.

As it starts off Ella has called her friend Molly to help her when after her party she finds herself with the body of a dead man. Ella claims to have been attacked and only defended herself but of course Molly doesn’t trust the police and offers to help Ella cover up the crime
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'I'm going to expose you,' he snarled.

The laughter caught in her throat. It was as if he was there in front of her, face contorted with rage, body blown up and pumped for the fight.

'I know what you did, Ella.'

A man ran up the stairs, clipping her shoulder as he passed, but she hardly noticed.

'And I know how you did it,' Quinn said.

THE BLURB: Ella Riordan is a community activist who became famous when she was beaten by police during a social protest. Now Ella is a squatter in a build
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eva Dolan has ventured into the sphere of the psychological thriller with This Is How It Ends. She has done it magnificently, bringing wit and depth to this tale of two women.

We enter into a very different subculture. A rather fascinating and vibrant one. This is the world of the activist. These are the people who take direct action, rather than sitting at home and moaning about what is wrong with the world. The people who demonstrate in public, with placards and get the attention of authorities
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ella is an activist for a just cause – she’s at the forefront of a movement to halt the ever expanding London skyline; the corporate empire dredging out the lower socio-economic families in rundown apartment housing for capital gain, pimping overseas investment growth.

Molly is a tenant and former big league activist in her own right, past her corporate-fighting days, she’s now a top class photographer content to sit on the sidelines, capturing key moments of rallies, movements, celebrations, and
Liz Barnsley
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well to be honest I’m not sure where to begin. I’m certainly sure that the end has left me with that melancholy, low key buzz of a feeling that all real readers will know when they’ve just finished a novel that will linger in the senses and be the benchmark for future reads for a long long time to come.

Eva Dolan’s Zigic and Ferreira series is one of the best, most authentic police series out there but This Is How It Ends enters a whole new league of subtle brilliance that defies explanation in a
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cleverly plotted and blindingly well written, this psychological thriller takes you into the world of social activism and murder. As with all of Dolan's work, it brings contemporary issues right to your front door, forming them into created situations that challenge the way you think, about people especially. She's not afraid to take you into grey areas and her characters are so complex, natural, and real, that they provoke a strong emotional reaction in you, like they really did just turn up on ...more
This is a complex psychological thriller set in the world of social activism. Ella Riordan is a PhD student writing her thesis on social activism. At first the activists Ella wanted to interview were wary of her but after she was beaten by police at a rally, they began to talk to her. Now she has become involved in trying to stop the eviction of people from a low cost housing tower by developers planning to build a new expensive apartment block in its place. Ella has written a book about the evi ...more
Ova - Excuse My Reading
A Brilliant, gritty, hopeless story.

I loved the way the book was structured/implemented. Very, very clever. I admit it was difficult to get into the story as it goes back and forth between "then and now" from multiple PoV's in a chaotic way but, wow!

The end was absolutely amazing and worth it.

The characterisation was flawless. Molly was built skillfully and through her a lot of social issues were addressed, and having read so many books overcrowded with 'issues' I think it was very well balance
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable crime drama that demands your attention, focusing on people’s actions rather than the crime itself.

Told through two different POVs as Ella narrates the past and Molly the present as both women try and attempt to hide a body...

The story opens as Ella calls Molly to help her as having attended a party and finds herself with a dead man.
Ella convinces her friend that he attacked her first, but she feels that the police won’t believe her story and the pair try to hide the crime.

I really
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is how it begins.
With a near-empty building, the inhabitants forced out of their homes by property developers.
With two women: idealistic, impassioned blogger Ella and seasoned campaigner, Molly.
With a body hidden in a lift shaft.
But how will it end?

I always relish a new Eva Dolan novel and this certainly lived up to my expectations.
Once again, Eva has blown me away with this contemporary and eloquent piece of modern-day crime fiction. We learn the story of Ella and Molly who are both activi
Crime by the Book
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Find my full review here:

This book delivered one of my most conflicted reading experiences in recent memory! I absolutely loved its final 100 or so pages - but the earlier half of the book I found a bit slow and difficult to follow due to a plotline told in reverse chronological order. You can find my full thoughts on the book’s pros and cons in my blog post!
Andy Weston
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
If indeed this is ‘the most critically acclaimed crime thriller of 2018’ it’s going to be a very disappointing year for the genre. I’m not sure who gave the novel that subtitle, but it is quite inapplicable. I’m not sure how I managed not to stop reading this. Looking back I certainly should have stopped.
There is very little to redeem this. I may not be it’s target audience, but I decided to read it based on a positive review on the CrimeReads website which is usually very reliable.
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Well that was a twist that I certainly did not see coming! The story of 2 women... a young activist and an older women who is like a mother figure. It jumps between the 2 women... before and after the body is thrown down the elevator shaft.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury publishing for a copy of this book to read and review
H.A. Leuschel
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic page-turner! I found myself completely immersed in the fascinating and gripping narrative that alternates between the main protagonists - two women with complicated pasts and dark secrets. I did guess the twist early on BUT it actually didn't spoil my enthusiasm to find out how this would end at all. Highly recommended! ...more
To read my full review of this novel visit my blog:

First off, I have to say the writing was brilliant. I enjoyed the pacing, and the atmosphere that the author evoked. I really wanted to connect with the characters, but found to my disappointment that I really could not. This impacted on my overall enjoyment of the novel - I think it would have been a 5-star read otherwise. Perhaps the lives of the characters were just so far divergent from my
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've not read any of Eva Dolan's previous novels, but having read this standalone thriller, I really want to. Like most psychological thrillers these days, it's told in alternating chapters from two people's point of view, one in the third person (Ella) and one in the first (Molly). Ella finds herself with a dead body on her hands, and calls Molly for help. Molly's chapters go forward in time, from the death onwards, and Ella's go backwards in time over the weeks and months leading up to it, so ...more
Wendi Lee
Ella and her mentor, Molly, are both political activists and close friends. So when Ella appears with a dead man and a tepid story about what happened, Molly helps her hide the body without question. It is only later that Molly realizes she needs to find out the truth about what happened - and quickly, as her own life is now at stake.

We experience the story through both Ella and Molly’s POVs. I was immediately drawn to Molly, an older activist who is looking toward her future and finding it gri
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This started off slow for me, it is told from the perspective of the two main characters and from the past and the present.
It turned out to be a very interesting and suspenceful story...lots of twists and turns.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Eva Dolan does it again!
Full review to follow.
I've read everything Eva Dolan has written and they've been marvellous but this one is utterly outstanding, enormously clever and a masterclass in plotting and reader immersion! Surely a book of the year. ...more
Laura Rash
The first 3/4 of this book is slightly confusing told in reverse chronological order & super slowwwwww. The last 1/4 is faster paced & crazy good, ALMOST making up for the first part.
Kasa Cotugno
Ian Rankin's blurb on the cover says it all: "...She's top drawer." Since Kate Atkinson and Denise Mina can't write fast enough for me, what a joy to discover Eva Dolan. This beautifully crafted twister has more substance and insight about what it means to live in London nowadays than many other takes on the same subject. And there's a mystery at the center that takes the entire book to unravel. In fact, more than one mysteries. The characters are nuanced, well drawn. Although the structure was ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Ella Riordan is a community activist who became famous when she was beaten by police during a social protest. Now Ella is a squatter in a building where the owners are evicting tenants so they can convert it into luxury condos. On a night where all the tenants and other guests are on the building's rooftop for a party, Ella finds herself next to a dead body. Instead of calling the cops, Ella calls a fellow neighbor and activist, Molly. Ella tells her friend the unknown man just attacked her and ...more
Ella and Molly are activists. Ella is young and new to the activist community, whereas Molly is older and has been involved with the activist community for years. They are both living in a building that is evicting the tenants, and most tenants have already left. After a rooftop party, Molly receives a call from Ella to come help her. When Molly arrives, there is a dead man in Ella's apartment. Due to the women's backgrounds, they don't think the police will believe they're innocent, so they opt ...more
Sandie Bishop
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a many layered tale which shows that your actions have ripples throughout your life, not just in the moment.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received.
This Is How It Ends is the first standalone novel by Eva Dolan and it is pretty amazing. It is based around a group of friends who protest against government, property developers and anybody who they feel is doing harm. With the state of the country there is plenty to protest about but their current project is the demolition of a block of flats that will have a huge impact on the lives of it’s inhabitants. Many people protest from the comfort of
Theresa Smith
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Is How It Ends is top shelf thriller. The gritty forgotten parts of London are exposed in this story about corruption, activism, police brutality, bullying, misogyny, and gentrification. It’s a sophisticated thriller like few are, topical in its chosen issues and sharply tense in its grim delivery. The characters are raw and real, the setting authentically atmospheric – right down to the last rat!

Ella is an activist with a huge social media presence. On the surface she seethes with anger ab
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you to Bloomsbury publishing for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This book didn't read like a typical thriller. I don't know necessarily how to explain it, but this book was very intricately written. Very atmospheric, I could vividly imagine things as I was reading them. I have never heard of Eva Dolan before, or came across any of her books. So my experience with her writing style is new.

I was entranced at the beginning of this
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Eva Dolan was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for unpublished authors when only a teenager. The four novels in her Zigic and Ferreira series have been published to widespread critical acclaim: Tell No Tales and After You Die were shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year Award and After You Die was also longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. She lives in Cambridge.


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