What if you didn’t know where you came from?
Who am I?
This is the question Josie asks herself when a mysterious letter arrives. Then a brutal murder turns her world upside down.
To make sense of the present, Josie must go back to the start.
But who can she trust when no one knows the truth?
And who is the sinister stranger obsessed with her life?
The past is catching up with Josie and the consequences will be fatal …
I've been staring at the blank computer screen for a while now, trying to find the right words to review this book. My mind is still numb and I'm still reeling from this book's twisted, weird plot. The author Betsy Reavley had sent me this book to read and review quite a while back now and so I start off by apologising with her for taking so long.
"I live in the shadows, the place where guilt and anger converge."
I would describe this book as a thriller with a messy family drama at its centre. The story's main character is Josie Brewers, a thirty-something woman married to a much older man named Charlie. We know that Josie had a difficult childhood, but other than that the couple seems quite happy and in love. Josie is supposed to be a writer working from home, however she never manages to write a line. I found her quite dull and annoying, spending her days wallowing in self-pity at home (which is always in total chaos), drinking and smoking or in bed and not knowing what to do with herself while her husband is at work. Why does she behave like this?
However as much as I felt mad at Josie, at times I felt sorry for her too. Well you could say I felt sorry for practically all characters in this book. Betsy Reavley you are soooo mean with your characters!!!
"You never know what's around the corner..."
As I was beginning to get acquainted with Josie and Charlie, bang! I don't know what happened. One chapter knocked me off my feet and given the story a whole new dimension. All of a sudden we have a double brutal murder committed by a VERY sick, violent, sadistic killer. Who is this killer? Who are the victims? Why were they slaughtered? What has this got to do with the whole plot? The blurb says the murder turned Josie's world upside down, but I can say it did the same to my mind. This chapter was quite weird and disturbing but also intriguing and at times I wasn't quite sure what was happening. WTF Betsy!??
I thought I had guessed who the killer was on more than one occasion. Actually I had more than one character in mind, but by the end I realised how wrong I was. I could never have anticipated the surprise the author had in store for me by the end.
As I was reading, I found myself experiencing all sorts of emotions. At times I found myself enjoying this book, at others I felt annoyed, at others sad and at other times I found myself shocked, and dare I say even disgusted at some of the scenes, but thankfully the latter were very few.
By the end there was one thing that didn't add up in my head, but on the whole this was quite a good, fast, enjoyable read for me. I wouldn't say it's suspenseful. 'Disturbing' or 'twisted' are much more adequate words to describe it in my opinion. Actually I would go as far as saying that this was one of the most twisted plots I've ever read.
With many thanks to Betsy Reavley for a review copy of this book. Now I want to read her other books!
Betsy Freeman Reavley was born in Hammersmith, London. As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge, with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley