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Imagine reading a novel in the sanctuary of your own home, only to realize in one heart-stopping moment that it is a novel about you . . . and about one awful day, twenty years ago, that you've spent the rest of your life trying to forget.When a book entitled The Perfect Stranger lands in her mailbox, successful documentary filmmaker Catherine is intrigued. But as she turns its pages, she realizes its dark story is inspired by her own life. In vivid and harrowing detail, the narrative describes the day on which her life changed forever and she became hostage to a dark secret. Desperate to discover who the author is and what he or she wants, Catherine races to the end—only to be confronted by a portrayal of her death.Intertwined with Catherine's narrative is that of Stephen Brigstocke, a grieving widower who discovers among his late wife's possessions a manuscript that horrifies him. Convinced that it tells the truth—that Catherine...
Publisher: 2015
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9781443437431

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ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 06, 2018

A fabulous twisty plot. As the backstory for each character is revealed their personalities become more complex and interesting. The novel shifts back and forth between the present and 20 years prior when the event that sets the story in motion occurs. Publishers Weekly and Library Journal starred reviews.

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rdw39
Aug 14, 2016

This novel captured me from the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed the surprises which kept coming. The book had elements of "The Girl on the Train" & "Gone Girl". It was suspenseful & a better read than I thought it would be.

CMLReads_Kristin Aug 09, 2016

Great psychological thriller with nice twists and turns. Great on audio. I appreciated the older cast of characters...more relatable for my middle-aged self.

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stephaniedchase
Feb 29, 2016

An excellent psychological thriller.

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vv8
Feb 26, 2016

If you like plot twists, simple prose, and page-turning suspense, you'll probably like this one! If you're annoyed when authors allow characters to withhold known information (used as a device to prolong suspense) or if you're sensitive to scenes of twisted violence/disturbing interactions (maybe 1-2 scenes), this may be one to skip.

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franque
Dec 04, 2015

I thought this book was going to be another kind of "women writers who hate women" sort of thing (think AM Homes or Gillian Flynn) but the ending saved this book from being that. It was a fair examination of the human failings of judgement & revenge. We all do it so it was good to think about all that juicy hypocrisy that is probably our greatest of sins.

Though I nearly stopped reading after the first 3rd of the book, it never really became a pleasure but a curiosity. Still it's worth staying with until the end. Anyone who thinks the ending wasn't plausible probably should read books by Gillian Flynn & AM Homes.

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shapjul
Nov 01, 2015

I thought of this book as a wannabe twisty novel--like Gone Girl or When I Fall Asleep or so many others. But I didn't think this one worked. Now I'd say when this particular genre doesn't work it can be really bad because it is just sort of silly. Though I will say that it is tense at moments and you do want to see how it's going to end. I just think the workings are all too transparent and the writing not strong enough.

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jazpur
Oct 10, 2015

In the genre with Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. Very well done.Clever. Creepy. Most unpleasant.Renee Knight, like the others, doesn't need to write any more in similar vein but.. I'll have the same awful fascination that will compel me to read her later efforts should there be any.

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murray4
Sep 15, 2015

one of the best thrillers I've read this year.Highly recommended

drudofsky Jul 26, 2015

More poignant than "Gone Girl", although even less believable in terms of plot. Once I got to page 100, it was hard to put down.

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