Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Disclaimer Book Review

I've been wanting to read Disclaimer by Renee Knight for a good year or so but I've just not quite gotten round to pushing it to the top of my to-read list but finally, finally - I've gotten right through to the end and I'm ready to speak about it. You know that I'm all about thrillers and so I had high hopes for Disclaimer (slightly let down by the fact that it's been compared to Gone Girl on the front as I actually really don't like that book) and so I was honestly really excited to get stuck in this week.

This story is essentially told in two parts - the third person part that follows Catherine, a woman who finds a book about herself (and a secret she thought that nobody knew) when they're moving into their new house, and the first person narrative that comes from Stephen - a man with a seemingly unrelated story who is telling us what it was like to lose his wife, and the events that lead up to there. Eventually the two stories meet in the present and we follow their intercrossing paths and see their shared history, and I have to say that it's not what I expected.

Now don't get me wrong, I've read better thrillers - but this is much better than the reviews online will have you believe. Much like Gone Girl I feel like it could realistically have ended a solid 100 pages earlier than it did, but it has a strong storyline and a way of making you question a character that you feel as though you should be able to trust. The swap in narrator, the swap in timings and the contrasting stories make it a rollercoaster ride wherein it's hard to put together the story that's right under your nose.

Is it awful? No, not at all - it did leave me wondering what was going to happen in the end, did make me wonder if the subtle clues were just red herrings; but ultimately, I had managed to piece together a serious amount of the story before I got to the big reveal. It's not awful as a book, I've just read better - but that's not to say that it was unpleasant or not worth the read, because it's a good thriller if you drank up Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train.

If you're read Disclaimer, I'd love to hear your views!

Sammy xo.

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