Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Review: Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Imagine you had a horrible secret, something you'd long buried in the past. Imagine 20 years later having that secret show up in print, described in a book you found in your home with no idea of how it got there or who's responsible. Disclaimer by Renee Knight is an incredible thriller and this is how it begins... There's a woman with a secret and she is reading a book she found in her home, a book she begins to realize is about her.

There's not much I can tell you about this story without giving something away as this is a novel that unfolds little by little, piece by piece with each chapter telling you something you didn't know before. It's a guessing game for the reader, or at least it was for me... I had imagined about 20 different endings before I finished reading it and each of scenario I dreamed up was more wrong than the one before even though I was certain I'd figured it out. I love a book that challenges and surprises me like that.
Primarily set in London, Disclaimer is told from the point of view of multiple narrators, taking place for the most part in the Spring & Summer of 2013. Initially there are two narrators, alternating chapters with each telling his or her side of the story. As the book progresses and the suspense builds, the reader begins to hear from other characters who have been part of the story all along, but have yet to narrate and share their thoughts. With each change of narrator, more little bits of new information are revealed like leaving bread crumbs on a trail, building and building until it all comes together when you least expect it. Renee Knight has really outdone herself, creating a story that keeps you hooked and looking for one more clue with every page turn until you're so invested that you have no other choice but to keep on reading. It took me a while to get into the book at first, but once I got into it I couldn't stop and I finished the second half of Disclaimer in only a couple of hours. I simply could not put it down. When I reached the end, my mouth was hanging open and I was so shocked. It really got me - it's that good!

Well written and unique, Disclaimer is unlike any thriller I've ever read, but if you loved Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, it is comparable in some ways and you should probably move this one to the top of your reading list!
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