My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me.
1. I’m in a coma
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore
3. Sometimes I lie
The idea of being in a coma and able to hear the world around me but unable to respond to it, is something that absolutely terrifies me. I remember once coming round from general anaesthetic and I could hear the nurses talking about going on a date & one guy was asking if buying flowers was “too much?” I could hear perfectly and inside was screaming “Buy the flowers!” but I couldn’t speak or move. The feeling scared me to death and is the only (tiny comparison!) I can imagine life in a coma to be like. Locked inside your own body; terrifying, frustrating & exhausting.
If only the conversations Amber hears drifting in and out of was as innocuous as dating and flower-buying…
This book is so clever, I absolutely loved it. I didn’t know who to trust or what was actually going on for a large percentage of time but that’s what made it truly brilliant! The “Now” part is told through Amber’s coma-bound thoughts. We get hazy snapshots of snatched conversations between her husband & her sister and slowly start to build the present picture. Amber’s childhood diary gives us additional insight into the history of this complicated, untrustworthy character and frames her relationship with the truth really cleverly. The third strand covers the events immediately leading up to her hospital stay. All three parts come together in such an exciting way to reveal the twisty secrets.
A mindblowing thriller to keep you guessing, unsure of who to trust and with an open jaw when everything finally falls into place. I loved it! A whopping five cwtches. Get your copy here.