Good morning, readers! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Renée Knight's debut, Disclaimer. I've also got an extra copy to giveaway, so be sure to scroll through to the bottom to enter.
It begins with a book. The Perfect Stranger by E. J. Preston, a novel found amongst their things as they unpack and set up their new house. Catherine thought maybe it was one of her husband's but he's never seen it.
The book bears and eerie resemblance to Catherine's own life. An event she's kept secret for so many years. A secret she's kept from her husband and her son, now laid out in print by an anonymous author. Her son is given a copy. Stacks arrive at her office. It's sold by her local bookstore. And now her husband has read it as well. And no one would know that it's connected to Catherine if the author hadn't told them so.
Disclaimer is dark and twisted, laid out in such a way as to keep the reader both on the edge of their seat and essentially in the dark until the very end. Sure, details are shared as the story progresses - the identity of the author, the reason for the book's printing, the plot of slow revenge that's being undertaken. But the truth doesn't come out until close to the final pages. And Catherine keeps her own truth from everyone, even the reader, until the very end.
Oh, this book was so deliciously paced. The way Knight teases the story is agonizing and fabulous! It is, as I said, a truly dark and twisted read. Both the "author's" motivations and the truth behind The Perfect Stranger are likely going to hit a nerve with a lot of readers. For me, there was a definite sadness to the tale. Not tearjerking sadness, but an unfairness to it all. Honestly, it's a bit hard to put into words without explaining, so I'll leave it there, but this is one that I not only enjoyed for the plot but would love to discuss with someone! So everyone go out and read it :)
(Amazingly, or maybe not, Knight took part in the same "Write a Novel" course as S. J. Watson. Surely it's no coincidence that two fabulous debuts have come out of that course.)
And now for the giveaway. I've got one copy up for grabs - to throw your name in the hat, fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, June 8. US only please.
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To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.