Title: shadow of a doubt.
AUTHOR: Michelle Davies.
GENRE: Psychological Thriller.
‘Pure suspense, where past and present collide with chilling results’ Erin Kelly
‘A hugely entertaining, fast-paced thriller’ Caz Frear
‘It’s a pitch-perfect blend of ghostly terror and pacey thriller’ Catherine Ryan Howard
‘Dark, spooky and brilliantly plotted, the perfect read for dark winter nights’ Harriet Tyce
Twenty-six years ago my brother was murdered in my family home.
I was sent to a psychiatric unit for killing him.
The truth is, I didn’t do it.
The whole world believed eight-year-old Cara killed her younger brother on that fateful night. But she blamed it on a paranormal entity she swears was haunting her house.
No one believed her and after two years of treatment in a psychiatric unit for delusional disorder, Cara was shunned by her remaining family and put into foster care.
Now she’s being forced to return to the family home for the first time since her brother’s death, but what if she’s about to re-discover the evil that was lurking inside its walls?
This book has been the most surprising psychological thriller I have read this year. I got a copy following a recommendation from Rachel Abbott, another one of my favorite authors. Boy, I’m glad I trusted her opinion and bought the book. Reading this book has been quite surprising and the ending was so shocking that I could have never predicted it.
The sort of paranormal ghostly atmosphere of the story works really well. So well that sometimes I felt a bit spooked, since I was reading it late at night, in bed, and I am a scaredy cat.
The pace of the story was perfect. Details and information were revealed little by little, allowing the readers to make their own deductions and try to predict the ending. But that ending… impossible to guess. Even when you think that you got it all figured out, you don’t.
The treatment of the characters is very well done. There is development and growth, which is great because I am tired of finding flat characters in books.
There are certain topics that make me wary when I find them in books, like mental health issues or things involving children, but I found the author treated everything in a delicate and respectful manner. She didn’t use them lightly, gratuitously, or as an easy resource. And for that I’m grateful.
Overall, a fantastic thriller that will appeal to people who like paranormal events and people who like more classical psychological thrillers. I declare myself a fan of this author.
So, for all of that, I give this book… 5 TEA CUPS!