Disclaimer by Renee Knight


With thanks to Netgalley for review copy. Published by Doubleday 9 April 2015

What if you realized the book you were reading was all about you? 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…

Who doesn’t have secrets to keep? This book explores the devastating effects on Catherine’s life when her darkest secret is exposed in a book she mysteriously finds in her house. She is horrified that what she has tried to keep hidden for so long appears to be known to someone else and in great detail too. This is a very intelligent, well plotted psychological thriller and while I wasn’t immediately gripped by it, the more I read and found out, the more compelling it became. It is soon clear who the author of the book is and he slowly makes sure that the people closest to Catherine realise that she is the main character as he attempts to exact retribution. As more secrets are revealed you do start to feel a degree of sympathy for this man, despite what he is doing to Catherine’s life. However, this sympathy wanes as Renee Knight reveals more about what he is planning for Catherine. As well as portraying Catherine’s increasing desperation at her situation convincingly, I was moved by Renee Knights’ portrayal of the grief felt by the characters. Difficult to say who without spoilers but grief because of a death and also grief at the loss of possibilities and expectations unfulfilled. Renee Knight has written a tense novel with the many secrets gradually revealed throughout the story until we realise, with the final reveal, that all was not what it seemed. A beautifully written debut novel which I highly recommend.

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