By Renee Knight
Published by Doubleday (9 April 2015)
What if you realised the book you were reading was all about you?
When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine's bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.
But as she turns the pages, she is sickened to realise the story will reveal her darkest secret.
A secret she thought no one else knew...
Disclaimer reminded me of the game 'Pass the Parcel'. There's a secret in the middle, but you have to carefully peel back all of the layers one by one before you can discover it. And even when you reach the prize, there's more to come.
Catherine and her husband Robert have just moved house. Then a book appears on her bedside table - she doesn't recognise it and her husband and son deny leaving it there. When Catherine starts reading, she realises that the book is about her - and a secret from 20 years ago that only she should know.
Disclaimer is well written and filled with suspense. The characters are, on the whole, believable (yet I found them also very unlikeable). The plot keeps flowing, as the past comes back to haunt Catherine and her family. I wanted to keep reading to discover the secret.
This is a book about secrets, obsession and revenge, and how sometimes everything is not all that it seems. There are some brilliant twists and turns, each one more surprising than the next.
Disclaimer is a brilliant well-conceived and well-executed thriller.