"The good die and the bad live on is a love story many of us will recognise – you love someone, they love you, you know you love them more……..
Matt Malone is a first year student struggling to meet his academic commitments and kick start a stilted love life. His first date with Liv ends with a shocking, violent attack on them both. They are only saved by Liv’s unnatural ability to remain calm and take drastic, conclusive action on their attacker.
What they’ve shared draws them together, their relationship evolves quickly and Matt can barely retain even rudimentary focus on anything else. But it feels unbalanced - Matt can't shake the feeling that the beautiful, self-confident Liv is too good for him and that there’s something she’s holding back. Liv’s frequent fierce flashes of temper do little for his peace of mind.
The story takes a seminal turn when Liv finally reveals her secret and a devastating attack on Matt’s life and friends leaves him to slide towards insanity.
The book explores themes of love and friendship and what we can endure in their name. We see people obsessed, slaves to their instincts, unable to grasp a sense of reality or retain control of their emotions and actions."
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Published July 5, 2012
Literature & Fiction.