Author: Renee Knight
Published: December 31st 2015
Publisher: Black Swan
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Length: 368 pages
Source: Paperback from the publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Imagine if the next thriller you opened was all about you.
‘An addictive novel with shades of Gone Girl’
When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up and begins to read.
But as she turns the pages she is horrified to realize she is a key character, a main player.
This story will reveal her darkest secret.
A secret she thought no one else knew…
This is another of the amazing thrillers that I’ve read lately and I think that this one might actually be my favourite so far. The unique premise drew me to this one instantly and it didn’t disappoint me.
Catherine Ravenscroft can’t bear to finish the book she started reading lately. Not because it’s bad, but because she is the main character and the book is about an event in her life that she wants to stay hidden in the past. But the author wants her to read it, and he wants to know that she’s read it. He wants her to feel his pain. As her life crumbles around her, Catherine seeks out the author, wanting answers, but the truth is more than either can bear.
This was a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down. The intrigue and mystery had me hooked from the first page and I just had to find out what happened. It’s hard to watch Catherine’s life take a downward spiral – she’s a successful filmmaker, has the perfect marriage and a grown up son – and it just made me more curious as to what had happened to make things so terrible for her.
I think the strain it put on her relationship was horrific, but I also think that her husband was a bit of a jerk for jumping to such conclusions without talking it through with her. He was horrible to her and I couldn’t believe that she was just taking it, trying to keep things together.
The slow reveal was agonising at times, I wanted to skip ahead just I would know what exactly happened. As the pieces started to fall into place, I felt even worse for her. Not only did some terrible happen to her in the past, but after so many years, having to relive it all over again is understandably too much to bear.
A masterfully woven tale of heartbreak and lies, a past that refuses to stay in the past, and two families forever changed by events in Spain. This book is utterly gripping and a perfect summer read.
About the Author
Renée Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing. She has had TV and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four and Capital Films. In April 2013 she graduated from the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads