Volta by Nikki Dudley – Book Review

Volta by Nikki Dudley – Book Review

Volta by Nikki Dudley


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When Briony Campbell confesses to killing her boyfriend, an apparently straightforward crime soon turns into a baffling mystery.

Haunted by demons from his past, lawyer S.J. Robin is assigned to the case. But as confusion – and the body count – rises, he’s forced to question who is guilty and who is innocent. Can he see justice served and hold on to the woman he loves?

Review by Catherine

I found Volta a very intriguing novel, full of twists, turns, and surprises.

Set in London, the story centres on Briony Campbell, who when we first meet is covered in blood, declaring she has just killed her boyfriend and is desperate to see her therapist, Mari. However, Mari’s receptionist calls the police, and Briony has a lot of questions to answer.

One of the detectives on the case is Aris Demetriou, Mari’s brother, who is very protective of his sister. Her defence lawyer, known as SJ (Stanley Jon Robin), appointed for Briony is the best friend of Aris too.

Briony is suffering from memory loss and cannot remember how she came to ‘kill’ her boyfriend Ed. Her backstory is gradually revealed and we discover a childhood trauma that she also has no memory of. Hmm!

Briony’s behaviour becomes more and more deranged as she notices a developing romantic relationship between Mari (her therapist) and SJ (her lawyer).

I found it difficult to get to grips with the character of Briony as she is a thoroughly unlikeable character and a manipulator. I appreciate she is a very damaged person and I wanted to at least feel a little sorry for her, if not actually like her, but I just couldn’t.

The book is well-written and flows smoothly. It makes an interesting read for someone who enjoys psychological drama with so much suspense weaved into the twisted plot.

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Nikki Dudley

Nikki Dudley

Nikki was born in London. She has also lived in Madrid.

Her novel, Ellipsis, is published by Sparkling Books. Her chapbook and collection are published by The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. Her novel, Volta, won the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2020 and was published in 2021.

She is Managing Editor of streetcake magazine and is also a freelance editor/proofreader.

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2 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    I also struggle with unlikable characters but if the writing still pulls me in it seems to make up for it.

  2. vidya says:

    While I know I have read books where the characters frustrate me, I am not sure if I can read books where I don;t like the main character. But the plot in this book is very intriguing so maybe I will check it ou