Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Look Behind you - Sibel Hodge

From the publisher:

Chloe Benson wakes up kidnapped and bound in an underground tomb with no memory of how she got there.

She escapes through deserted woods with her life, but no one believes her story.

And when she suspects her husband is lying to her, Chloe is forced to retrace her past, following in her own footsteps to find the truth and stay alive.

But who is following Chloe?

Look Behind You. You never know who’s out there.

My thoughts:

When we first meet Chloe she awakens in the pitch dark, her hands and feet bound, with no clue where she is or how she got there but she knows something is VERY wrong, her life is in grave danger and she must escape!

I don't think I'll be accused of spoilers when I tell you she does manage to get away from her prison - what follows is a nightmare of confusion and terror. She is hospitalised, reunited with her husband yet still her memory remains a blank with complete amnesia of the past few weeks. All she is sure of is that someone wants her dead - but nobody seems to believe her when she says she was abducted, not the doctors or the police not even her husband.

So many doubts are put forward as to her tale she begins to doubt herself, and as it becomes increasingly obvious that her husband is lying about some of the events leading up to her traumatic ordeal she feels alone and that she can't trust anyone.

Her husband begins to emerge as a thoroughly unpleasant character but surely he couldn't have been involved in her enforced captivity? But if you can't trust your husband who can you trust

Its a twisty tale, very tense and dramatic and I really engaged with Chloe, even though I did end up screaming for goodness sake, why are you even WITH this creep in the first place??

The author skilfully plants doubts and double bluffs at every turn until you're sure you know what's going on then a niggle of doubt creeps in just like it does with Chloe. A clever and captivating (no pun intended) story I thoroughly enjoyed, with just a couple of small discrepancies which emerged close to the end which weren't sufficient to spoil my enjoyment.

My thanks to Netgalley for the ebook version which they provided me with.

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