Review: The Gosling Girl by Jacqueline Roy
Told through the eyes of Michelle, Natalie, a black police officer, and Zoe, a journalist who wants to write a book about Michelle, the book takes an empathetic look at a horrendous crime, its impact and the implications for the very real, and very human, person who is forced to live every day with the aftermath of her actions.
Straight up. This one is not easy reading. The themes may not necessarily be for all readers. Some readers may feel triggered or disturbed by the content matter. For me personally, I felt challenged. Author Jacqueline Roy has a great talent for making her readers feel empathy and this is especially apparent in her portrayal of Michelle. Roy also explains the reasons behind such a devastating, unthinkable act, and portraying Michelle as a confused and frightened kid who did a bad thing, rather than portraying her as a cold blooded killer. She also offers a sympathetic portrayal of mental illness and loneliness.
Overall, this isn't an easy read. It is a deep and complex book about a dark subject. But it is also one that is well worth giving a chance.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my ARC of The Gosling Girl.