Disclaimer by Renee Knight || Clever. Thought-provoking. Twisty.

What the book is about (blurb from Goodreads):

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft plunges into a living nightmare.

Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day she became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew—and that person is dead.

Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day . . . even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

My opinion

I’ll admit I wasn’t hooked from the beginning. It took me a while to get into the flow of the story, but once I caught on it became very good and had some twists that I didn’t see coming. The first quarter was a little confusing, and a few parts dragged a bit. But there were enough good twists in the middle and a decent cast of characters that kept me going, and during the last quarter of the book I couldn’t put it down. 

Disclaimer is about two marriages, two families, two boys, two sons. It is a story about two families told from different perspectives. It is filled with betrayal, revenge, guilt, sadness, love, and bravery. To me, it was a thought-provoking read that showed how one’s life can easily be derailed when one’s terrible past catches up to you.

I loved how the psychological thriller played with my head, as I was never sure whose side I was on, nor who I should sympathise with. You can’t help but be drawn to the grief both the characters experienced and the tragedies that they have encountered.

The author skilfully weaves alternating narratives (from both Catherine and Stephen’s past and present) and does a good job in getting readers to guess what Catherine is hiding. Her beautiful and emotional writing made for an intriguing storyline that will keep you guessing.

Final Verdict:

This book would make for a satisfying read if you like psychological thrillers. It combines beautiful and emotional writing with a thought-provoking storyline that will keep you guessing. I would recommend it with the warning that it starts slow, but it gets a lot better in the end. It is worth reading, I promise!

Title : Disclaimer
Author : Renee Knight
Publisher :  Harper Paperbacks
Published : 2016 (first published 2015)
Language : English
Pages :  352 pages
Rating : 3/5

I want to thank the book exchange club I recently joined. I received this book from a stranger, and I am ever so thankful towards her!


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