Back of the book :
Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
The disclaimer has a neat, red line through it. A message she failed to notice when she opened the book. There is no mistaking the resemblance to her.
She is a key character, a main player.
When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up and begins to read.
But as she tuns the pages, she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.
A secret she thought no one else knew ….
What I think :
Catherine is married to Robert, they have a very happy marriage. They have a grown-up son, Nicholas. They have recently moved from the family four bedroom house to a smaller two bed-roomed property. Catherine is still unpacking boxes when one night, she finds a book on her bed side table. Its a book shes never seen before. As she begins to read, she discovers that the book, entitled ‘The Perfect Stranger’ by EJ Preston, its actually about an awful incident that happened in her life many years ago. She also discovers to her horror that the disclaimer has been crossed out, and not only that, she is murdered at the end of the book. A book has also been given to her son, but he doesn’t know its about his mum. Catherine has to go on a journey to discover just who is behind the book and why they are doing this …
The other character in the book is Stephen Brigstocke, He is a retired school teacher. He lost his wife, Nancy to cancer a few years ago. They have a grown up son also, Jonathan. Where Catherine’s story is current, Stephens story starts two years before.
I wasn’t really impressed with Stephens character, or his wife’s (all will become clear about Nancy as you read the book) for that matter. He seemed to me to be quite mad ! Perhaps it was the grief, I don’t know, but there is something not quite right with them. I wasn’t sure about Catherine’s husband either, he seemed far to eager to believe other people than his own wife.
I really do love a thriller and this book certainly ticks all the boxes, it has very many twists and turns and is ever so cleverly written so you think you know whats going on and all of a sudden it all changes and goes in a completely different direction.
The ending certainly wasn’t what I was expecting and seemed slightly rushed. However having said that, it didn’t ruin the enjoyment of the book for me. I really liked this book and give it 8/10.
Published on 09/04/15 by Doubleday (Transworld Publishing)
A very big thank you to Alison Barrow at Transworld for sending me the copy of the book to read and review.