Complicit: A Novel by Winnie M Li

Title:  Complicit: A Novel
Author: Winnie M Li
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 415
Date of US Publication: 16 August, 2022
My Rating: 5  Stars

My Thoughts 

38% of the way through and really really good so far. I want to keep reading this and I hope I can finish this up by night - it’s that good. 

Reading thoughts - 

  • Sarah is a very sympathetic character, 

  • This one made me feel low-key anxious during reading, like I want to gather a group of pissed off middle aged women and go set fire to the patriarchy,

  • I can definitely see this as a film. 

Post reading thoughts - 

  • Shit, this was amazing. Excellent, excellent reading.

  • The deep poignancy in the writing was so realistic I needed to get up and take a 5 mile walk after I finished this.

  • Li is very, very talented and I can’t wait to read more of her work. 

Highly recommended. 

eARC kindly provided by Atria / Emily Bestler Books and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


After a long-buried, harrowing incident, a woman whose promising film career was derailed has an opportunity for revenge in this visceral and timely thriller about power, privilege, and justice.

A Hollywood has-been, Sarah Lai’s dreams of success behind the camera have been put to the wayside. Now a lecturer at an obscure college, this former producer wants nothing more than to forget those youthful ambitions and push aside any feelings of regret…or guilt.

But when a journalist reaches out to her to discuss her own experience working with the celebrated film producer Hugo North, Sarah can no longer keep silent. This is her last chance to tell her side of the story and maybe even exact belated vengeance.

As Sarah recounts the industry’s dark and sordid secrets, however, she begins to realize that she has a few sins of her own to confess. Now she must confront her choices and ask herself, just who was complicit?


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