Wednesday, 21 October 2015

How You See Me by S.E. Craythorne

How You See Me
By S.E. Craythorne
Published by Myriad Editions (27 August 2015)
ISBN: 978-1908434562

Publisher's description
'I've probably lied to you. That's habit. I lie to everyone about my family...' Daniel Laird has returned to Norfolk after a nine-year absence to care for his ailing artist father. He describes his uneasy homecoming in a series of letters to his sister, his boss, and to Alice, his one true love.
But it is not until he discovers a hidden cache of his father's paintings that the truth begins to surface about why he left all those years ago. The more Daniel writes, the more we learn about his past and the more we begin to fear for those he holds dear.

My verdict
How You See Me is an intriguing book. It's a psychological thriller, but one that involves reading between the lines.

David Laird is writing letters to his sister, boss and Alice, his girlfriend. But you never get to read their replies, so only know his side of the story.

This is a book about lies and deception. It makes you question everything you are reading and what should, or shouldn't, be believed. An unreliable narrator… or is he? You're never actually quite sure, even at the end.

I enjoyed the book (although did think it could have been edited a bit more rigorously in places so that the writing was more succinct). I think of this as a 'Marmite' book - this won't appeal to everyone. It's not for you if you're looking for a fast-paced action-packed psychological thriller. You also need to be in the mood for it, as the plot isn't handed to you on a plate. It's certainly a book that makes you think. Even the ending is a bit ambiguous, so don't expect all the strands to be tied up to perfection.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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