Author: Jack Jordan
Genre: Psychological thriller
Format: Paperback 448 pages
Release Date: 2 May 2019
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Readers First. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
‘If you’re reading this, I’m dead.’
Rejected by her family and plagued by insomnia, Rose Shaw is on the brink . But one dark evening she collides with a man running through the streets, who quickly vanishes. The only sign he ever existed – a journal dropped at Rose’s feet.
She begins to obsessively dedicate her sleepless nights to discovering what happened to Finn Matthews, the mysterious author of the journal. Why was he convinced someone wanted to kill him? And why, in the midst of a string of murders, won’t the police investigate his disappearance?
Rose is determined to uncover the truth. But she has no idea what the truth will cost her…
I was completely drawn to this book after reading the first sentence on the back cover ‘if you’re reading this. I’m dead’. With an opening sentence like that how could you not be intrigued?
What I wasn’t expecting, is that this book isn’t just your standard psychological thriller. Oh no, it’s much much more. It actually deals with some really serious issues: a parent grieving over the loss of a child, homophobia, corrupt police and that just names a few. If you think you’re just going to read a thriller with this book then think again.
The book is primarily told from the main character Rose’s point of view with various chapters detailing parts of a journal she comes across written by an unknown male called Finn. Reading Rose’s story is absolutely gut wrenching. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to have to live with the loss of a child and that’s exactly what she’s going through. I really felt her pain and that is a testament to the author’s writing capability here as every page I felt her grief and turmoil.
Despite being absolutely devastated she takes it upon herself to try and find out what happened to the mysterious man Finn who wrote the journal she found. She starts a one woman campaign to try and solve his mystery and she comes across more than just a few obstacles along the way.
This book has a hell of a lot going on in it but looking back on the story as a whole, I don’t think it would have been nearly as good without all of these different aspects. This is the first book I have read by this author and it most definitely will not be the last.
About the Author
Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything for Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), and Before Her Eyes (2018).
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