If you’ve read any of my previous reviews then you’ll know how much I love a mystery/crime novel and this book is no exception! I finished it in two days and just couldn’t put it down! I’m a sucker for a plot twist, and I definitely didn’t guess how the events were going to unfold in this!
This book is based around Jo Blackmore, a mother who suffers from numerous mental health issues, and her battle to keep her daughter safe from the threats that Jo believes are all around her. The exploration of mental health throughout, coupled with the use of different perspectives being used, allowed for a full view to be gained regarding how both Jo and those around her view the world. As well as being a thriller novel, it really, for me, allowed an in depth view to how mental health can affect a persons day to day life.
The plot itself is exciting and there was action from the very first chapter. During the first half of the book, I was undecided as to whether the protagonist was possibly overreacting, but soon was firmly on her side once more of her views were shared. The ways in which the author explores how Jo reacts to the events really made me want to carry on reading. It was as if I was experience what she was and sensing everything that she sensed.
Throughout the text, the author explores the journey that Jo takes in dealing with her mental health issues. The ways in which she is forced to protect herself and her daughter ultimately force Jo into situations that she previously would have been uncomfortable in, enough so to induce panic attacks. As the reader is taken on the journey with Jo, you are really able to appreciate the somewhat trivial tasks that she is able to complete as a result of sheer maternal instinct.
I’d really recommend giving this book a read if you’re a thriller/crime lover like myself! It reminds me of the work of Gillian Flynn and I’ll definitely be having a look at some of C.L Taylor’s other works in the future. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while, I don’t want to discuss it too much incase I give anything away but it’s definitely worth a read!