Author: Renee Knight
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Source: copy received for honest review through TLC Book Tours
Plot Summary from Goodreads:
Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible 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 is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.
I've read a few good books lately, a few "okay" book as well, but Disclaimer is the first one I've come upon in a while that really knocked my socks off. The plot moves quickly (very short chapters that easily keep your attention), your perception of each character is constantly evolving, and Knight saves up some plot twists that pack a serious emotional punch. This novel is everything I want in a thriller.
What really makes you fly through these pages is the mystery of it all--Catherine reads this book that she finds at her bedside, but does not make you (the reader) privy to its full contents. As a result, you are left demanding answers--what is it in this book that is making Catherine so crazy--crazy enough that she feels it could ruin her life? These revelations are worth the wait, especially because they will completely change your opinions of the protagonists. I love it when a novel can take my perception of a character and turn it on its head halfway through the story. Not only is this just fun for me as a reader (I like being kept on my toes), but it's a sign of great character development, as each person in the book becomes impressively multi-faceted.
Disclaimer is a perfect example of the old adage that "every story has two sides". In this case, many more than just two. And what happens if you take drastic action after hearing only one, or two, of those sides? If one of those sides is no longer able to speak for itself? Or if you never give one side a chance to explain itself? The truth is a shifty thing in this novel--all the more engrossing for the reader.
I can't say too much more about Disclaimer without giving out spoilers, so I'll leave it at that. I flew through this book in 3 days. At my slow reading rate these days, who needs more of an endorsement than that?
As always, much thanks to Trish and TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour!