Author: Renée Knight
Number of Pages: 304 (Hardback)
Published: 9th April 2015 by Doubleday
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
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. – from Goodreads
Every so often I come across a book like Disclaimer which leaves me wondering – where do I start with reviewing this story?
It’s a great read, and one I would certainly recommend, but part of what makes it such a compelling read is the limited amount of information you’re given before you start reading. For this reason it would be a great shame to be too detailed and risk spoiling the book, but at the same time I can’t just say read the book and leave it at that, for you’ll probably be left asking, why read this book? So…
Read Disclaimer for the secrets, and the way past and present, fact and fiction, and a person’s perceived reality can be totally different from the devastating truth.
And for characters who will divide you; one moment there’s a certain revulsion or horror at their actions, then suddenly something shifts and you feel all the sympathy in the world for that person.
Or for the way in which the story within the story is revealed, through the narrative of the strange book that Catherine finds mysteriously left in her new home. Witness her growing horror as she realises that she’s the star of the story, and that someone, somewhere knows a secret she thought she had kept successfully for many years.
Read Disclaimer to experience the twists and unexpected revelations.
And for Catherine, the woman with a secret, and for Stephen, the elderly man grieving his wife, who has his world rocked when he makes a discovery whilst clearing out some of his wife’s possessions.
Experience the gradual build up of tension and suspense which leave you too close to bedtime thinking ‘just one more chapter’.
Disclaimer is a very readable psychological thriller, a genre I want to read more of in the future, and I hope that in the little I’ve said here I’ve given you enough of a taster to want to seek out this book yourself.