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4.5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Corvus in return for an honest review




You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying.

Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling…

My Thoughts & Review:

Everything You Told Me is the second book by Lucy Dawson I have read,  You Sent Me a Letter was the previous book which came out March 2016.
The reader is once again faced with an unreliable narrator, here the protagonist wakes up over 250 miles from home in the back of a taxi with a hangover from hell and no idea how exactly what happened in the previous 10 hours.  Immediately my interest was piqued, what had happened to this woman, had she been kidnapped?  Had she escaped?  Has she suffered a serious injury or been in some sort of accident that meant she had “lost” a chunk of time?

Lucy Dawson then cleverly weaves a tangled tale rife with paranoia and suspicion at every turn.  Is our protagonist going crazy?  Is she suffering from an illness causing this?  Is someone out to get her and why?  The taut plotting means that the paranoia of our unreliable narrator Sally leeches from the pages, driving the reader to keep going to find out what might happen next.  That said it is a bit of a slow burner and does take time to build up to the dramatic crescendo, the suspense building and cleverly placed clues do mean that the reader can play detective as they read along.  Perhaps I’ve read too many psychological thrillers of late because I found I had guessed where the plot was going quite early on, but this in no way ruined my enjoyment of the novel.  I wanted to keep reading to see if I was right and to see how it all played out.

The characters in this were well crafted, I felt that at times I sympathised with Sally, her frustrations and struggles with a new baby were familiar ones.  But I also felt at times I wanted to shake her and say to open her eyes, look at what was going on around her.  Frustrations towards characters are natural I guess, and this book had no end of moments like this, certain characters really got under my skin, I wanted to work out what was driving them to act in certain ways and this added to the sinister feel to the plot.

Another great book from Lucy Dawson, and she’s certainly cemented her place on my bookshelf, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

You can buy a copy of Everything You Told Me here.

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