This book captured my attention for many different reasons such as why some cases were seen as more worthwhile or beneficial due to things like race, gender, age and class. It truly horrified me that some deaths would make headlines in the papers for days whereas other deaths would be dismissed and forgotten. The book also delves deeper into why woman’s testimonies would often be disregarded for being irrational. This makes The Agathas a good book for this generation, bringing them to have a more complex idea and view on the matter of justice and victimhood. The novel also made you want to root for the two main characters, Iris and Alice. They both had flaws and traumatic pasts, with Iris running away from her former life and Alice’s seemingly perfect life with trouble brewing just beneath the surface. Overall, this book had many plot twist and shocks along the way. This book was mysterious and fascinating, keeping you hooked and asking questions until the very end.
Reviewed by Jade, Viewbank College.