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!