This review is written with thanks to riverrun and Netgalley for my copy of The Easy Way Out.
Evan is a nurse at Mercy Hospital, where he works in the Assisted Dying Unit. His job is to give people the drugs they need in order to commit suicide. With each new patient admitted to his care, Evan faces a moral dilemma: do we have a right to die on our own terms? Evan grapples with his conscience each day, but what will he do when the health of his mother, Viv, begins to deteriorate?
The subject of euthanasia continues to be a hotly debated, controversial topic in today's society, and Amsterdam must be commended for the way he seeks to address this in The Easy Way Out. Each patient in Evan's care has a different outlook on death, and this means that the theme is explored from several different perspectives; sometimes with humour and sometimes with poignancy, which allows the reader to reflect upon their own views about assisted dying, and sympathise with the characters involved.
The Easy Way Out is written in first person, from the perspective of Evan. The use of first person allows the reader to consider the subject of euthanasia from a different angle, and provides the opportunity for the reader to gain insight into the relationship between Evan and his mother, and this is effective, particularly as Viv's health worsens. However, I struggled to engage with Evan's character. Throughout the novel, Evan appears unsettled, both in his personal and professional life, and as such, I found his character lacking the strength and depth required to carry a plot which addresses such important issues.
I am used to reading books which are tense and gripping, and whilst The Easy Way Out is full of emotion, I felt that at times, the plot was very slow paced, and this caused me to lose interest. As such, I finished the novel feeling slightly underwhelmed.
The Easy Way Out is available from Amazon.