My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.
Unnerving, twisted and utterly compelling, you won’t be able to put this new thriller down. Set to be the most talked about book in 2017, it’s perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl on the Train and The Widow.
This novel captured my attention on NetGalley because of the short but hugely mysterious and enticing blurb.
When the reader begins the novel, it becomes quickly apparent that the novel is broken down into three narratives, from different points in time. These are clearly signposted and I really appreciated this as it didn’t hinder the flow of the story at all – which is something I’ve definitely experienced in the past.
I really couldn’t decide if I warmed to Amber, the chief protagonist, or not and I still remain unsure even now that I’ve finished the novel! Sometimes when I thought I had, all of a sudden, it seemed the author threw in a curve ball which immediately changed my mind about her! I actually felt, to some extent, that all of the characters were similar in nature to this. It was hard to establish who was someone that the reader was supposed to side with / warm too – you really do not know who to trust at all which I thought was very clever!
The plot is full of twists and turns, often I had to take a few moments to get my head around these, but they were on the whole very clever and mostly unexpected which was really refreshing.
I really felt Amber’s frustration / agitation about one of the main situations in which she finds herself. These parts, among others, felt really authentic and I was really sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to shout out loud to help her out!!
I was unable to guess the main twists and turns of the novel. The author drops subtle hints throughout but you begin to question whether these are in fact real or instead complete red herrings! This keeps the reader really intrigued to read on and find out what is actually going on.
I don’t want to write in too much more detail because I feel like I might let some of the important details slip which would spoil the read for future readers! But I would recommend this novel to anyone who usually enjoys fast paced psychological thrillers with lots of unexpected plot changes. Many thanks to the author, NetGalley and publisher for providing me with an early reading copy in exchange for an honest review.