Happy Women’s Day, ladies! Even Google celebrates it so why shouldn’t we? I wanted to write a poem dedicated to us all, but settled on something better. A book written by a woman about a woman. Disclaimer by Renee Knight is my gift for you all.
The Goodreads synopsis sounds like this:
Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.
Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.
When I first heard about this book, was the cover that attracted me most. This vintage look with a vintage camera on a table and a mother with a child on a blurred background, looked intriguing enough to make me curious. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it will surprise me.
Surprised I was from the first pages in. What would you do if a book about yourself landed in your house? And more to that if this book was about a secret you kept for 20 years only to yourself? Well terrified is one word to sum it all.
Disclaimer, raises your anxiety levels to the maximum in some ways. It’s a complete chapter turner and you don’t know what to expect, until the end. Renée Knight has the amazing talent to keep you there through lots of descriptions and a narrative style that suits the story. Dialogues are not many, the author focusing on the inner feelings and reactions of the characters. The chapters are either in the present (summer of 2013) or the past (August 1993) and the narrator, the voice and observer presents us the facts in the most objective way.
The Perfect Stranger, a book inside the book, is pretty compelling and quite vivid. It has the power to change people minds, to revolt some and enrage others. We are delayed to find out the plot of Perfect Stranger and more delayed to find out what really happened in the summer of 1993.
I felt for Catherine and understood her reasons and her true identity behind the perfect image created in order to please everyone. I also understood Stephen even though he gave me a hard time reading this book. Based on Goodreads reviews, Disclaimer is the kind of book you either love or hate. You either understand the characters and what they’ve been through to relate to their actions or you don’t, so you close the book, throw it in a corner and never open it again.
Being a psychology thriller might not be for everyone, but you will understand in the end why I chose it for Women’s Day. It’s the story, the facts and the details in the end that made me do that. I give the book 5 out of 5 stars for the well constructed story line that keeps you on the edge until the end.
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