What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell


*My thanks to Becky Hunter and T. A. Cotterell for my copy*

About the book:

Alice has a perfect life – a cool job, great kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; the phone rings and then goes dead; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

What Alice Knew will be released in ebook format on December 1st, you can click HERE to preorder your copy.


My thoughts:

I had seen What Alice Knew pop up on social media a couple of times so naturally I had to find out what it was about and once I read a synopsis I knew I’d have to read it!

What Alice Knew is a thriller, by all accounts. But what kind of thriller? Crime? Mystery? Psychological? It’s hard to choose just one. There are so many subtle nuances within the pages of this book that the reader essentially interprets it their own way by the end.

Following the lives of Alice Sheahan, her husband Ed and their kids, Nell and Arthur, the reader is taken on a journey alongside the characters. For all intents and purposes, the Sheahans have the perfect life. Great jobs, beautiful home, the usual. But one night, Ed goes missing and their lives go into free fall.

What follows is a dark narrative that will leave you questioning everything you have read. There are so many themes at play in this book that it will make you think on more than just one level. It is brimming with tension, made all the better with some rather unreliable narration. What Alice Knew is compulsive reading. You know that something is happening, and you cannot tear your eyes from pages.

I found myself confused when I finally finished the book. Not bad confused, just a little unsure as to what I had just read. But in a good way. The author has made What Alice Knew quite ambiguous, and because reading is so subjective, you can draw your own conclusions at times. I liked this. It was different to the cut and dried books of late where everything is all neatly wrapped up.

What Alice Knew was a gripping read, with a supremely eloquent writing style. The author clearly knows his way around art because his writing paints some haunting and evocative pictures. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Different, dark and completely absorbing, I would definitely recommend What Alice Knew.

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