I’ve read all of Clare Mackintosh’s novels now and eagerly anticipate every new release. Her plots are always full of twists and turns and the unexpected and Let Me Lie doesn’t disappoint on that front
Anna is a new mother who is dealing with the trauma of having lost both her parents within quick succession to suicide. Although Anna now has her own life having fallen by her therapist in the wake of the tragedy and quickly becoming pregnant being a mother also makes her feel the loss of her own.
However Anna isn’t convinced her parent’s deaths were suicide and a letter received on the first anniversary of her Mother’s death seems to add fuel to this feeling. But her closest friends and loved ones aren’t keen to follow her way of thought.
The novel worked really well pulling through the theme of mental health and grief from the beginning to the end and provides a gripping read that I didn’t want to put down. I look forward to the next story!
The Silent Patient is a gripping psycological thriller. At it’s heart is Theo Faber, obsessed with the crime of a young artist Alicia Berenson who is imprisoned in a secure psychiatric ward after being convicted of murdering her husbans. Alicia has not spoken in the six years since the murder and has never revealed what happened.
When Theo has the opportinity to join the unit as a psychiatrist he believes this is his chance to do what no-one else has managed and get Alicia to talk and reveal the story behind her crime.
This was a very interesting plot and very cleverly played out, hooking the reader in from the start. Theo himself is very mysterious and you become invested in finding out his story and whether he can crack this case.
The ending does not disappointment, and there some moments where you find yourself gasping in surprise. I can’t wait to see what will come next from this author!
The Suspect is the third novel in the Kate Walters Series, having previously read The Widow I was eager to see what Baron had come up with next and this proved to live up to the previous book.
In the Suspect Two English girls have gone missing while travelling in Thailand on their gap year, and Kate is eager to cover the story as her own son is also travelling – it’s clear that there isn’t much contact between the rogue son and his family and as the book unfolds Kate’s personal connection takes centre stage
The narrative comes from three points of view ‘The Reporter” “The Mother” & “The Detective” and each is beautifully bought to life. There are many twists and turns as the plot develops and each leaves you gripped, desperate to find out the truth of what happened to the girls.
I loved the paradox of Kate being both mother and reporter and how her role changes througout the story.
Barton is definately becoming a master of her genre.