Friday, November 2, 2012
The Truth-Teller's Lie by Sophie Hannah
Naomi Jenkins knows all about secrets: three years ago something so terrible happened to her that she's never told anyone about it. Now, Naomi has another secret: her relationship with the unhappily married Robert Haworth.
When Robert vanishes without explanation, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert's wife insists he is not missing. In desperation, Naomi decides that if she can't persuade the detectives that Robert is in danger, she'll convince them that he is a danger to others. Naomi knows how to describe the actions of a psychopath; all she needs to do is dig up her own traumatic past.
This novel was a disturbing read, not one to read when you are alone in the house. Though I initially found Naomi quite irritating, as the story unfolded, some of the more bizarre quirks in her personality were explained. It is difficult to review this thriller without revealing too much of the plot, so I'll just say that I was truly caught off guard by the big twist in the plot, and was riveted once I sank into the story. Hannah has a true gift for the unexpected and this books did not disappoint. A great read if rather disturbing in its depiction of violence again women.