Monday, May 25, 2015

Disclaimer by Renée Knight + a Giveaway

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.)

Rating: 4.5/5

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.


Kay said...

I'm really curious about this one. So, I'll put it on my list to read. :-)

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

"deliciously paced" is such a great phrase - it actually gave me chills!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

traveler said...

Thanks for this intriguing novel. saubleb(at)gmail)dot)com

cpr040304 said...

Oh my goodness this book sounds great! Full of suspense! I'm nervous for her... How bad can the secret be?

Unknown said...

This sounds very interesting. I also found it interesting that you said Knight took part in the same "Write a Novel" course as S. J. Watson. I'd read and really enjoyed S.J. Watson's debut Before I Go to Sleep.

Anonymous said...

I first heard about this book months ago in one of my issues of Entertainment Weekly magazine. It has been on my radar ever since and I'm so thrilled it's finally here!


DoingDewey said...

I'm glad you liked this one so much, because I'm about to read it for the TLC tour too :) I'm particularly excited about the mystery and the fast pace.

KAS said...

I am very psyched about this book within a book narrative of suspense; this thriller's plot strikes me as unique (in my reading experience anyhow). I feel very grateful to you & the TLC Book Tour generally for introducing me to this book and offering another generous opportunity to win a great new release for free! Thanks, Becky! Cheers, Kara S

bn100 said...

interesting cover

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'll admit that the premise of this novel creeps me out - I'm sure reading it will be a chilling experience!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Mona said...

I first saw this book in a newspaper/magazine and put it on my TBR list right away. Thrillers are my favorite genre and this one sounds great.
Thanks :)

skkorman said...

Sounds like an intriguing read—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

techeditor said...

I read and read and read in search of the unputdownable book. Even when I like a book, I may not consider it unputdownable. I get one of those about once every five books. I've read so many good reviews of this book, I'm anxious to give it a try because I think this may be one of those unputdownables.

techeditor said...

I'm so sorry that I don't tweet.

skkorman said...

I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net