Book review Sunday again…
I’m sorry there was now book review last Sunday. Work was hectic (even more so then usual) and I just didn’t have time. But today I’m reviewing “How I Lost You” by Jenny Blackham. Another psychological thriller, what else?
“My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I have no memory of what happened but you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police are telling you, don’t you? But if you can’t remember what happened, how can you be sure that they are telling the truth? And if there was the smallest chance your son was alive, wouldn’t you do anything to get him back? If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?” (blurb taken from Amazon)
The book starts us off with a parole letter from Susan Webster to the board, then switches to April 2013 where we see she has been granted parole and is now living as Emma Cartwright. She receives a letter addressed to Susan Webster and her whole world ends up exploding as she realises her son may be alive. I really liked the beginning of the book, the letter gives you a bit of background to the Susan, and then jumps straight into the story, without long lengthy explanations and going “round the houses”. We see the entire story from Susan’s point of view, so it’s quite hard to guess what’s going on which I really love. You don’t know whether to trust her or not, or any of the characters in the book. Especially the stranger who offers to help her look for her child.
What I really loved about this book is it makes you ask lots of questions, then totally surprises you with the ending. Keeping track of the characters gets a little confusing at times, but that just adds to the books mystery. If you enjoy thrillers that mess with your head a little I’d really recommend this. I’m looking forward to checking out some more of Jenny Blackham’s books!
As always, suggestions are welcome!