Everything You Told Me – Lucy Dawson

You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying

Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling…”

I absolutely love these types of books.  Psychological thrillers where the main protagonist has no clue as to what is really going on.

Sally wakes up feeling hungover in the back of a taxi in Cornwall, 250 miles away from her home.  She has no memory of how she got there and no phone to call home.  The last thing she remembers is going to bed as normal.  As she woozily stumbles closer to a cliff edge a man walking his dog stumbles across her and runs to her aid.  When he finds a suicide note in her pocket he raises the alarm and Sally is sectioned under the Mental Health Act.  Sally knows she was not trying to commit suicide, she has two kids under five and is happily married to her husband Matthew.  Things may have been difficult between them since Theo the youngest came along, but she would never leave him.  The trouble is that no one believes Sally, but someone is lying.  Someone very close to Sally set her up, and she needs to find out who before it is too late.

This book is a bit of a slow burner as the author cleverly lays the groundwork for this twisted tale.  Everything You Told Me is written in first person so the reader gets to be privy to the ongoing thought processes of Sally.  I found myself, like Sally, questioning everyone about her, and desperately seeking the truth.  The lines between truth and lies are blurred, and between what people see and what actually happened, and there is a lot of skillful misdirection going on.  The subtle clues are all there if you know where to look , and if you can stop sympathising with Sally and metaphorically glaring at all those around her who are happy to believe she is losing her mind.

The characters are well-developed and believable, all got under my skin as I found that I couldn’t trust them.  Everyone was under my suspicion at one point.  The plot is well conceived and executed.  There are enough twists and turns to make the most pragmatic detective among us read to the end to see if they got it right.

This isn’t an action packed book but a slow and suspenseful mystery, filled with hold-your-breathe type of moments.  Would definitely recommend.  Overall rating four stars, thanks to Lucy Dawson, Corvus publishing and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy.

 

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