The One Who Got Away by L.A. Detwiler #bookreview

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on L.A. Detwiler’s new thriller, The One Who Got Away today on my blog.

The One Who Got Away: A wonderfully tense edge-of-your-seat domestic thriller by [Detwiler, L.A.]

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“Get out while you can. You’ll die here…”

Adeline Evans has recently moved into a home for the elderly. A safe space, where she can be cared for.

When she begins to receive cryptic and threatening notes, she is certain that someone is out to get her.

But the residents are warned against listening to a woman who is losing her memory. It would seem Adeline is tormented by the secrets in her past, and that the menace is all in her mind.

Until danger comes down the corridor and starts knocking in the night…

MY THOUGHTS

The One Who Got Away is a book that could have quite easily passed me by, but I am so glad I read it. When I did start reading, I did wonder how a psychological thriller was going to work set in a care home for the elderly, but once I got into the book, I just couldn’t stop reading. It did remind me of when I used to visit my great-grandmother in a care home, but unlike the care home in this book, she really enjoyed living there and never wanted to leave. The author, L.A. Detwiler, paints a vivid portrayal of how vulnerable those suffering with dementia are. It is quite a tough read at times, but I found it utterly compelling, and I liked how L.A. Detwiler tied everything up with a series of murders that happened in the 50s which have remained unsolved.

This is a novel with a real difference. We meet Adeline who is close to the end of her life and her daughter, Claire, has taken the difficult decision of moving her into a care home, believing that her mother will be safe there. Adeline is beginning to suffer from dementia, and she knows from the moment she steps over the threshold into the home that this will be her final destination. But things are not all they seem at the home, and soon ghosts from her past start to haunt her as she recalls the terrible choice she made decades earlier, which has had an impact on her for the rest of her life.

L.A. Detwiler did a brilliant job at creating a claustrophobic setting. There were some really horrible characters working in the home which do make it quite uncomfortable to read at time. There have been some cases in the news recently where elderly residents have been abused in care homes, and it is a sickening idea to think about. It makes you think that these types of people have no right to be in the position that they are.

As we begin to learn more about Adeline’s past, we begin to realise that she is harbouring a devastating secret, and I wanted to find out what happened in her past. At the time when she was growing up, a terrifying serial killer was targeting women in her hometown, and the killer was never caught. I was desperate to know who the killer was, and I kept thinking about two potential suspects. As the author revealed more about what happened during that time, I did manage to guess who the killer was, so the final reveals didn’t come as a complete surprise to me, but I really liked how the book ended and how different it was. I really didn’t expect it to end this way and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting about it for a long time.

If you’re looking for a book that stands out in the psychological thriller market, this is definitely one that you need to read. L.A. Detwiler’s highly intriguing plot drew me in from the first page. I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author.

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: 19th February 2020

Print length: 313 pages

The One Who Got Away is available to buy:

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Someone You Know by Olivia Isaac-Henry #bookreview

Someone You Know is another book I read over Christmas and it’s one I’ve been meaning to get to now for a while.

Someone You Know: An absolutely gripping thriller of hidden secrets and missing family by [Isaac-Henry, Olivia]

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You can trust your family, can’t you…?

Tess Piper was fourteen when her adored twin sister Edie disappeared.

She has spent the last twenty years building a life away from her fractured family, desperate to escape the shadow of the past.

Only now she needs to confront the huge hole her sister’s disappearance left in her life, because a body has been found. The police are shining a spotlight on the Piper family. And secrets are about to surface.

After all, it’s common knowledge that more often than not, these crimes are committed by someone close to the victim. Someone they trust. Someone they know…

What really happened to Edie Piper?

MY THOUGHTS

Tess’s twin sister, Edie disappeared twenty years ago without a trace. Tess and her family have searched for answers ever since. As time has moved on, though, the public and the media have forgotten about them. This is until a body is discovered weighted down at the bottom of a reservoir, not far from where Edie was last seen. Tess and her dad have to once again go through the painful process of going with the police to identify the body, hoping that it is someone else and that Edie could still be out there somewhere. But the police are confident that this time it is Edie who they have found and the discovery will change Tess and her family’s lives forever.

Olivia Isaac-Henry’s debut novel, Someone You Know is very twisty. Tess is a character who I really connected with. She is someone who has suffered a lot in her past. This is including the struggle to move on after the disappearance of her twin. Tess always felt as though she was in Edie’s shadow. Her sister was always more popular than her at school, whereas Tess struggled to fit in. Tess stuck close to her twin, but even Edie seemed to resent her as she found Tess an embarrassment in front of her friends. Olivia Isaac-Henry brings Tess’s frustrations to life really well, particularly in the flashback scenes when we revisit her childhood.

There are a lot of characters who come under suspicion in this book, members of Edie’s family and her friends. Olivia Isaac-Henry kept the suspense turning up a notch, and as new people fell under the spotlight, I could never be sure which direction the plot was going to go. Towards the end, I thought I could see where it was going, but Olivia managed to thwart my suspicions in the final chapters.

There is a lot of emotional depth to this book. Tess has to come to terms with a lot of secrets that have been kept buried. You can really sense what Tess is going through as the search for Edie’s killer progresses and she is keen to make sure that her sister isn’t forgotten this time.

I really liked this book. Olivia’s writing kept the pace flowing forward, and I was intrigued to find out what the final outcome was going to be. Someone You Know is a strong debut, and I’m looking forward to reading Olivia’s next book.

Publisher: One More Chapter

Publication date: 4th February 2019

Print length: 336 pages

If you would like to purchase Someone You Know, you can do so by clicking on one of the following links below. 

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