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Author: Jenny Blackhurst

Published: 28 August 2016
Reviewed: 1 September 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Headline in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.

It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.

But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.

But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should.

My thoughts & Review:

Before I Let You In is the second novel from Jenny Blackhurst, her first was How I Lost You.

This book centres around three women, Karen, Eleanor and Bea, who have been friends since school.  The women now in their 30s are still very close despite each having their own lives to lead.  When psychiatrist Karen takes on a new patient (self referred) called Jessica something about her just doesn’t sit right and Karen becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the knowledge Jessica seems to have.   Jessica seems to know a lot about Karen and her friends, but Karen is bound by the rules of patient confidentiality so she must ensure that Jessica poses a real threat before she can do something.

The plotting in this is superb, so cleverly done and there are enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing.  The simplicity of the author’s direction/misdirection belies just how immensely clever this story really is.  Short and sharp chapters ensure that this is a quick read, which is a good thing because once you start reading you will want to get to the end so you can take a breath!

With narration from the main characters the reader is privy to their innermost feelings, this gives a greater insight into these women and makes them more realistic.  The narration from the anonymous source was very intriguing, it added to the intensity and darkness of the story.

All too often the next novel that follows a sensational début can fall flat, or just not have that spark, but in this instance, Before I Let You In has met that standard and gone beyond it!  Here’s to book three!

As far as psychological thrillers go, this one is suspenseful, gripping and a bit creepy – the perfect combination.

You can buy a copy of Before I Let You In here.

 

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