#bookreview: What Alice Knew by T.A. Cotterell

About the book…

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Publish Date: 4th May 2017
Pages: 384 Pages

The Blurb
How far would you go to keep a secret?

Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Pre-order/Purchase the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Review

I bet you’re all wondering what does Alice know? I know I certainly did when I saw the cover and read the blurb. Well, put it this way, her head is full of secrets and probably secrets that she doesn’t really want to keep inside.

Alice has the perfect life, which includes the perfect husband: he’s well-educated, hard working and a pillar of the community, but one night he goes ‘missing’, and a certain phone call changes their lives forever.

What Alice Knew isn’t your typical thriller, you’re not made to figure out who the killer is, but more that you’re witnessing the destruction of the murder and the secrecy surrounding it. The police are involved and everyone is talking about it, which sends Alice into turmoil.

As you may have already guessed, Alice is the storyteller and she is the one that slowly falls to pieces with the news of the murder of a young girl. Ed, her husband, tries his best to comfort her, but she’s wondering how can he be so calm? She’s questioning her sanity and loyalty, what should she do? I felt incredibly sorry for Alice because she went from being a happy person who loved to paint into an emotional wreck. She had no support either, which made it 10 times worse.

The ending left me feeling a little confused. I’m not entirely sure what the outcome was – it’s hard to explain what I mean without spoiling the whole book for you. Let’s just say, Alice tells someone her secrets and gets everything off her chest, but I’m not sure what happened with them!

All in all, I loved What Alice Knew because it was different and intriguing – a definite must-read for 2017.


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