Published by Harper Perennial on April 12th 2016
What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you?
A brilliantly conceived, deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a woman haunted by secrets--and the price she will pay for concealing the truth
When a mysterious novel appears at Catherine Ravenscroft’s bedside, she is curious. She has no idea who might have sent her The Perfect Stranger--or how it ended up on her nightstand. At first, she is intrigued by the suspenseful story that unfolds.
And then she realizes.
This isn’t fiction.
The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew--and that person is dead.
Now that the past Catherine so desperately wants to forget is catching up with her, her world is falling apart. Plunged into a living nightmare, she knows that her only hope is to confront what really happened on that terrible day . . . even if the shocking truth might destroy her.
Disclaimer by Renee Knight is her debut novel that came out in 2015 and this was a book I spotted and bought because of the cover. I mean look at it a woman holding a book in her hand why wouldn’t I buy it and find out what its about. I actually love that the cover goes with the book,
Plus the tag line on the book says “Imagine if the next thriller you read was all about you.” What would you do if you happen to pick up a book that was based on your and your secrets? I know i would be completely freaked out.
Sadly I bought this book last year and only picked it up to read recently and I am so happy that I finally decided to take it off the shelf to read. I need to do that more often.
Our main character is Catherine. She is married with an adult child and is a successful documentary film maker. Looking at Catherine you think she has it all but dig deeper into the book and you realize she is just like everyone else with a deep dark secret that no one knows about or at least that is what she thinks. Who could possibly know what it is?
Catherine decides to pick up a book that has been sitting on her bed side table. She isn’t sure how it got them but as she starts reading she realizes that this book is about her and her secret. The main character is based on Catherine and it takes places years ago. How could someone have found out about this secret?
This is told in alternating points of view. That of Catherine and that of the writer of the book that Catherine is reading. Catherine will do anything to protect her secret that she has kept buried for so long meanwhile the author of the book doesn’t care and feels like everyone should know what she has done and will do anything to get the book out. Catherine soon realizes that the author of the book is sending it out to people who are near and dear to her. If they read it will the know its about her?
I want to go on and on about it but I am afraid if I write anymore I will give the book out and spoil it.
If your looking for something that will keep you on the edge of your seat this is for you. I really enjoyed this because this was another book that just when you think you have it figured out you don’t and things don’t appear like they seem.