Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Book Review & Giveaway - You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson

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Title: You Sent Me a Letter
Author: Lucy Dawson
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied ARC
Publisher: Corvus Books
Publication Date: 3rd March 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

At 2 a.m. on the morning of her fortieth birthday, Sophie wakes to find an intruder in her bedroom. The stranger hands Sophie a letter and issues an threat: open the letter at her party that evening, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8 p.m., or those she loves will be in grave danger.

What can the letter possibly contain?

This will be no ordinary party; Sophie is not the only person keeping a secret about the evening ahead. When the clock strikes eight, the course of several people's lives will be altered for ever.

I've just devoured You Sent Me A Letter, which is an incredibly gripping psychological thriller, that will keep you guessing up to the last pages. I was convinced I had worked out what the main twist was going to be, around half way through reading, and I couldn't have been more wrong if I tried. Lucy Dawson, has managed to keep ahead of me the whole way through. I just couldn't outwit this book and that is a fabulous feeling. 

Sophie wakes up in the very early hours of the morning to find a man standing at the edge of her bed. He hands her an envelope with express instructions to open it in front of everyone at her 40th birthday party that evening. He makes it clear that her friends and family will be in danger if she doesn't comply. 

Sophie has to spend the day acting normal around her family, who are clearly concerned about her acting out of character and in the course of the day we learn a lot about Sophie, her relationship with Marc, and a couple of possible identities for the letter sender and the motive. 

The story is fast paced, and there was a sense of urgency from the first chapters which kept you turning the pages So many theories were running through my head, during the story, and not once did I predict any of the twists and turns along the way. There are moments of hilarity almost in amongst the more serious nature of what is about to happen. 

The only thing that would have made this book from fantastic to amazing would have been perhaps some more explanations of the motivations, possibly from other character points of view. The whole book was from Sophie's perspective and whilst it worked, I have been left with a couple of nagging questions after finishing the book. 

Despite that You Sent Me a Letter is a brilliant book, one that I would happily recommend to anyone wanting a gripping psychological thriller to read. 

Thank you so much to Alison Davies at Corvus Books for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Giveaway to win You Sent Me a Letter (Paperback) (UK only) 

I was accidentally sent a second copy of this fabulous book, so I'm giving one lucky person the chance to win my spare copy. 

Giveaway is open to UK only (but don't worry there will be more INT giveaways in the future) , all options are voluntary, but please do what they ask, as I will be verifying the winner. Giveaway closes 23:59 17/3/2016. Winner will be announced on twitter and emailed, and they will need to reply within 7 days, or forfeit the prize, and I will re-draw for a new winner.  Good luck everyone.

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