Foul is Fair

Please be aware that this book covers a lot of sensitive and potentially triggering topics, but you check out the author’s website for more detail on each of these triggers.

Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape culture, gender-based violence, abusive relationship, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical violence, drug use, slut-shaming, gore, murder, bullying, transphobia, attempted suicide and substance abuse.

Synopsis:

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Jade Khanjara and her three best friends rule their glittering LA circle. They decide how the party ends – every night but one. The night four boys spike Jade’s drink, lock her in a room and brutally attack her. The night they try to ruin her.

But they chose the wrong girl. Certain that the boys will face no consequences, Jade and her friends take vengeance into their own hands. There’s no mercy left: and now Jade won’t rest until she gets bloody satisfaction.

My Thoughts:

Foul is Fair embedded itself into my heart. This is a book that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon and it became an instant favourite.

Occasionally a book comes along that burrows itself under your skin and completely captures your mind. Foul is Fair was that book for me. I couldn’t think about anything else when I eventually merged to tear myself away from these heated, vengeful pages. From the first page, I knew that this was a book that wouldn’t allow me to forget it.

As you can tell from the list of trigger warnings, this is a dark and intense book, but none of these themes are treated lightly. They are discussed honestly, with sometimes graphic details, but without shying away from the horrors they can wreck on people. However, there are moments of (often dark) humour and the power of the female friendships allows glimmers of hope into the story.

This book burns with righteous rage, so much so that you can almost feel the heat searing off the pages and into your soul. It grapples with our misogynistic society and rape culture through the lens of a modern day Macbeth re-telling wherein Lady Macbeth takes on her own Taratino-eque revenge thriller. 

Jade is such an excellent protagonist, complex and nuanced. You can’t help but root for her, despite her manipulative and destructive nature, as after all the boys brought it on themselves to an extent. 

Capin’s writing is exquisite – all at once lyrical, fantastical, devastating and raw. It’s like the thorns surrounding a rose, looking stunning but containing a dark and bloody truth. Flowing brilliantly, it is both poetic and dramatic with a cutting edge. I was highlighting so many quotes of this sumptuous writing and will be doing more when I buy my finished copy. 

Foul is Fair is a primal scream of a book that you cannot help but read. 

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