DISCLAIMER by Renée Knight

Publisher: Harper
Released: May 19, 2015
Source: Borrowed from the library
Rating: ★★★★½

A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller – already an international sensation – about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth.

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 she 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.

DISCLAIMER was so good, probably my favorite book I’ve read this year. It’s the best kind of psychological thriller – dark and suspenseful, gut-wrenching, emotional, and surprising. Wouldn’t you be terrified to find a book written about you, especially if you had a terrible secret to keep? Past what the blurb says, I don’t think you should know anything about the plot before reading this book, so my lips are sealed.

The author created a cast of complex and flawed characters, and it was easy to experience the whirlwind of emotions that they did. It was hard to decide who to be angry with, and who to sympathize with. As pieces of the puzzle were revealed, I kept changing my mind over how I felt about certain characters, and then the big twist was revealed, and I was stunned. Everything changed again.

DISCLAIMER is a well-crafted, suspenseful mystery, and despite its dark theme, I was left with a glimmer of hope. Fantastic debut novel. Okay, so when does Renée Knight’s next book come out?!?

9 thoughts on “DISCLAIMER by Renée Knight

  1. As you already knew after reading my review of this book, my reaction to this book comprised of various emotions, LOL. It was a good psychological thriller, no doubt about it, but I’m wondering what would happen should there be a change of events following what happened (OK, I’m being vague here so as not to spoil anything.)

    That said, I’m looking forward to this author’s next release.

  2. I just read Melody’s review, which aroused my curiosity. After seeing what both you and Melody have to say, I am adding this one to my list.

  3. I think I need to read this one sooner rather than later after reading your thoughts and also Melody’s. Moving it up the list. 🙂

  4. Wow! High praise coming from you!!! I’m going to Goodreads right now and put it on my Want to Read list. I think it would be too creepy to find a book on your nightstand about your life. This does sound like a great thriller!

  5. This sounds really good. You had me hoping on to audible to see if it was available. It was and the narrator sounds good too. Lovely review, I am curious since I love the genre and you declared it a favorite.

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