I was hunting through my stuff last week, and I came across this book. The book I started, but along with a collection of others, I never finished. Typical me.
Anyways, it was absolutely roasting hot in England last week. Which is unusual. So, I poured myself a drink, took this little bad boy outside, forgot to apply sun cream and for hours, found myself completely absorbed in the pages of this book.
I also found myself severely burnt, but I had a good time so … worth it.
I forgot how much I love reading. I used to read all the time, so I have vowed to myself (just like I do every time I remember to read again) that I need to read more. God, how many times could I say ‘read’ in one sentence? Hopefully this time though, I actually stick to it but yeah, thought I’d do a little review, as I would definitely recommend.
I love thrillers. Sorry, but I’m just not a fan of the generic love story malarky. They bore the life out of me. I want to read a book and feel like I’ve put my brain in a blender. Not literally, but I love being on the edge of my seat all the way through and then BOOM, smacked in the face by a cheeky little twist.
There’s something just so clever about how a writer can spoonfeed you page by page then drop a big fat bomb at the end, and suddenly you piece everything you’ve read together and you suddenly realise the answers have been there all along, and it all makes sense, and you wanna hug some characters, punch others, jump in the book itself and be like “here, love, this is the crack” … this book definitely makes you feel like that.
I think it’s a very well-written novel, with not nearly enough credit. I’ll try not to give out any spoilers, but it’s quite obviously very well thought out.
The Blurb: When an intriguing novel appears on Catherines bedside table, she curls up and begins to read. But as she turns the pages, she is horrified to realise that she is the key character, a main player. This story will reveal her darkest secret. A secret she thought no one else knew…
I must admit, it can be a tad (just a tad) confusing to follow, as it’s written from various characters perspectives, which aren’t clearly … labelled? is that the right word? I dunno. But that isn’t a big issue. You get used to it after a few chapters.
That’s not to slate the whole ‘different perspectives’ thing. That’s actually probably one of the best aspects of the book. You read one persons take on things and then you’re left dying to know what suchandsuch has to say about it. It keeps it very interesting and gives situations a lot more substance/detail, without boring the life out of you.
By the half way mark, Disclaimer becomes pretty much un-puttdownable. I finished it in a few days – completely addictive.
The characters are developed well. I feel like you’re always learning about them, especially Catherine (the main character); I really liked her ‘voice’ and found her very likable. I think you’re meant to not trust Catherine, but … I liked her all the way through.
The story is very compelling. You’re always thinking you’ve worked the plot out, and then it changes or something else happens, leaving you left unsure again. Some things you do see coming, but others you definitely don’t. It slowly unravels the truth about Catherine’s past and the mysterious book.
It’s been compared to ‘Gone Girl’ and yeah, I can see that.
This is Rennee Knights first published book but I wouldn’t ever be put off by that. Some of the best books I’ve read have been by less commonly known authors, and I can’t wait to read Renee Knights next novel. I also think this would make a really good film.
That’s as much as I can really say without giving the story away but happy reading, and if anyone else knows of any good psychological thrillers that I can ruin my life, feel free to let me know!
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