Author: Renée Knight
Source: from publisher for review, TLC Book Tours
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Summary: With a fast pace, lots of twists and turns, plus fascinating moral questions, this was a book I couldn’t put down!
“Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction,The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead. Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.” (source)
This was one of those books that’s so well written, I’m not sure I can identify all the technical details that went into making it good. One thing I noticed enjoying were the author’s creative descriptions. Without using any cliched phrases, the author was able to describe people and places in ways that immediately evoked a particular emotion. Because of her ability to make me feel what the characters were feeling, I spent this book on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out Catherine’s secret. Fortunately, the author was able to slowly dole out information in a way that didn’t feel contrived.
The way the author slowly revealed what had happened with Catherine was a really brilliant part of this book. Throughout the story, my opinion of each character changed radically on multiple occasions as new information came to light. As a result, the book was full of fascinating moral dilemmas that I constantly had to revisit. I loved that the book managed to surprise me so often and to make me think a lot, while also keeping a rapid, tension-filled pace. This is by far my favorite psychological thriller I’ve read to date. Definitely an author I’ll be keeping an eye on!
Are there any psychological thrillers you’d recommend? I loved this one so much, I’d be excited to pick up some more!
Jancee @ Jancee's Reading Journal
This sounds so good!! I just read Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta, which was fantastic as well.
I was just reading your review of Those Who Wish me Dead and it sounds like a good one! For a while, I was reading spy thrillers and I thought of the genre as pretty light, but I’ve read some great psychological thrillers lately and I would love to read more.
Oooh… Thanks for this review!
I’m glad you liked it 🙂
Sarah's Book Shelves
OK – I think this one has to officially go on my TBR now. I’ve read a couple glowing reviews now and the premise sounds so intriguing! And- now to hear it’s gorgeously written…you sold me!
I loved the writing from the first page. I’ve been excited to see so many other bloggers enjoying this too 🙂
Julie @ JulzReads
I really liked this one too, thank you TLC!
I love TLC! A few of their books have been misses for me lately, but I’ve discovered a ton of books I love because of their tours too.
Heather J @ TLC Book Tours
The best you’ve read to date?! That is certainly high praise indeed!
Thanks for being a part of the tour for this fabulous book.
It was so good! I’ve not read a ton of psychological thrillers but this is the first one that made me think it’s a genre I really should be exploring more.
oh sounds good. Wishlisting it. Have you read Before I Go to Sleep or The Expat?
No, I haven’t. Would you recommend them?
Thanks! I’m adding them to my to-read list now 🙂
April @ The Steadfast Reader
I love a good psychological thriller! I’ll have to put this one on the list! 🙂
Awesome! I hope you like it as much as I did.
“This is by far my favorite psychological thriller I’ve read to date” <– woah, high praise!! I mean, because I feel like there's always a hit psychological thriller being talked about in the blogosphere and outside of it, as well – there's no shortage of them. So for this one to be the best you've read?? Awesome. Adding it to my tbr right now!
To be fair, I haven’t read all that many of the most-raved about thrillers Gone Girl and Girl on a Train are still on my to-read list. But I thought this book did a great job of keeping me on the edge of my seat, yet making me really think the entire time. I would highly recommend it 🙂
Okay, the is the first time I’ve come across this title, but I am sold – going straight on my wishlist! 🙂
Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂