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Disclaimer by Renee Knight Book Review

I was really fortunate to be sent a proof copy of this eagerly anticipated novel. The idea of this book reeled me in from the moment I saw the cover. This book is hotly tipped to do well and there has been a buzz about it all over the book blogging scene. So, what did I think?

Here’s the Blurb:

What if you realized the book you were reading was all about you?

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.

But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew…

This book starts out well. There is an eery chill from the moment you realise that Catherine is reading a book about her own life. The mystery slowly unfolds, from a few different viewpoints, and life for Catherine slowly unravels. The books pace is good, and my interest was held throughout, however I have to be honest and say I was slightly disappointed at the ‘secret’ that Catherine had been hiding for 20 years.

I liked the character of Stephen, in that I found him interesting to read, I found him a much more developed character than Catherine and I found the tension and the suspense really came from his part of the story. Catherine, in comparison, felt a bit ‘flat’ and I didn’t really get to know her as a person at all. Although it was her life, her secret that was being revealed, I couldn’t feel much sympathy for her, for most of the book.

The way the plot develops can be considered a little predictable. I felt there must be more to the whole story and the last part of the book reveals the plot twist. This is where I started to put the pieces together and I could feel for Catherine. Keeping her secret, just like it becoming known, more or less changed her life for the worse. I couldn’t really feel much for Robert, Cathetine’s husband either. Again, he is a minor character, and slightly one-dimensional. I also found it hard to empathise with Nick, Catherine’s son. However by the end of the book you can see why this is, and in a way it is clever of the author to do this.

The book was easy to read, I enjoyed reading the book. I guess I am slightly disappointed in that, I just expected more. The blurb, the whole idea of this book, really sparked my interest, and I did wonder where the novel could go when I started to read. However, it didn’t really break any new frontiers for me. I think it is a brilliant debut novel, and I can see why so many people were excited about it. It definitely feels like it could be a great TV Drama or a film, and in that way it reminds me of Gone Girl. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this on the big screen soon.

I’d give this book 3.5 stars.

Disclaimer by Renee Knight is published by Doubleday and released on 9th April 2015

I was sent a proof copy of this book in order to undertake a book review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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