But I know exactly who you are.
I know what you’ve done.
And I am watching you
I sooooo wanted to love this book. Having heard and seen so much about it in advance of it’s release, I eagerly started it, was thrilled by it, loved the prose…..and then…..THAT ending…
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney is published with HQ Stories and is described as ‘a dark, chilling and clever psychological thriller with a killer twist’. Following on from the success of Alice Feeney’s debut novel, the internationally bestselling Sometimes I Lie, I Know Who You Are has been a highly anticipated novel.
Aimee Sinclair is an actress who has hit the big time. A product of a very tough upbringing, which is slowly revealed as the story unfolds, Aimee is now married and living in London in the highly sought after Notting Hill. Aimee is working hard but as her star ascends her relationship with her husband, Ben, falters. Aimee arrives in the door one day to find no trace of Ben. His wallet, car keys etc are all there but no Ben. Initially, Aimee suspects Ben is angry with her, following an argument from the night before. But Aimee is also hurting from Ben’s actions and is upset with how things ended up between them.
Aimee reports her husband as missing and, on discovery of funds gone from her account, Aimee begins to fear for her own safety. When Aimee and Ben purchased their new, wonderful home in Notting Hill, it was to escape, to help Aimee forget a stalker who had been frightening Aimee for some time. After they moved the stalking all but stopped…until now.
As the police search for traces of Ben, their attention soon turns to Aimee. What is Aimee hiding? What secrets is Aimee keeping to herself? With red-herrings aplenty, the police have their search cut out for them as they hope to unravel the mystery of Ben’s disappearance.
There is another story running in parallel with Ben’s apparent vanishing and it is Aimee’s story. The two weave in and out of the pages very smoothly taking the reader from the West coast of Ireland to Pinecroft studios in London and beyond.
Now here’s my difficulty in reviewing this book. I just loved Alice Feeney’s writing, her poetic prose was scattered throughout, with one section about book shops really striking a chord..
‘I’ve always felt safe in bookshops. It’s as though the stories inside them can rescue me from myself and the rest of the world. A literary sanctuary filled with shelves of paper-shaped parachutes, which will save you when you fall.’
The book is littered with such phrases of beauty and I thoroughly enjoyed 75% of the novel. Unfortunately I just could not accept the ending. It just felt all wrong for the book and, to be honest, just pushed my imagination way too far. I’m quite possibly in the minority here so please do remember that this is only my own personal opinion.
I Know Who You Are has suspense. It has the thrill factor. It has excitement. It has some stunning writing…..but regrettably, for me, it just does not have the finish…
(c) Swirl and Thread
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