You Had It Coming by B.M. Carroll. (2021).
**4 out of 5 stars**
When paramedic Megan is called to the scene of an attempted murder, all she can do is try to save the victim. But she recognises him – she despises him, he destroyed her life. Jess is on her way home when she receives a text from Megan. Once best friends, they haven’t been close for years, not since the night when they were the teenage girls nobody believed. All Jess can think is: you had it coming. Now Megan and Jess are at the centre of a murder investigation. But what secrets are they hiding? Can they trust one another? And who really is the victim?
I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping read. Trigger warning, this one covers some serious issues including rape and sexual assault, murder and suicide. Even though it’s a tough topic, I appreciated the author shining a light on the unfortunately all too common experience of young girls being accused of lying after being sexually harmed. It also delves into the concept of are the lawyers who defend the bad guys, also the bad guys? Certainly food for thought there. It was a clever storyline with a few red herrings meaning readers will struggle to guess what exactly as going on as there’s more than one plausible suspect.
Overall: I highly recommend this novel for those that enjoy suspense thrillers.