When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.
But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.
A secret she thought no one else knew…
Up there with The Girl on the Train this has been one of the most talked about books of the year so far. As always with books that are so hyped up via social media I tend to feel apprehensive in that it won’t do for me as it has for others and will leave me feeling under whelmed but for the most part it lived up to my expectations.
“This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.”
But what if it isn’t? And herein lies the premise of the book; a book discovered with contents and an author that intend to wield revenge but why?
With a dual time line that also switches between narrative style; in the third person for Catherine but in the first for Stephen. On this occasion I preferred Stephen’s, as initially it’s dark and sinister and we get to hear his innermost thoughts and justification for his actions; albeit rather misled. I wasn’t really taken with Catherine’s character, I didn’t really gel with her; another book to add to the list with unlikeable female lead characters.
The book is engaging from the outset and easy to get along with and I’ve seen comparisons of this book to Gone Girl. Fans of that and Girl on the Train will enjoy this popular plotline style; in that when you totally believe what you’ve read only for it to be something totally else and what you believe is not necessarily the truth but I never doubted any of it.
I felt that the majority of this book lived up to the hype despite being quite slow in places however I was a little dissatisfied with the ending; it was chilling and disturbing but it didn’t ring right for me. On the whole though, Renee Knight has delivered something different for fans of psychological thrillers. When’s the movie….?
Many thanks to the publishers for approving me for a copy via Netgalley.
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