A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062362254
Branch Call Number: FIC Knigh
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 24 cm.


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KateHillier Jun 26, 2015

Premise is simple. Woman receives book. Woman reads books. Woman realises this book is about her. Woman is horrified by secrets that are now out in the open. Woman tries to deal with this. Woman's life gets quite difficult.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 06, 2018

A fabulous twisty plot. As the backstory for each character is revealed their personalities become more complex and interesting. The novel shifts back and forth between the present and 20 years prior when the event that sets the story in motion occurs. Publishers Weekly and Library Journal starred reviews.

Aug 14, 2016

This novel captured me from the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed the surprises which kept coming. The book had elements of "The Girl on the Train" & "Gone Girl". It was suspenseful & a better read than I thought it would be.

CMLReads_Kristin Aug 09, 2016

Great psychological thriller with nice twists and turns. Great on audio. I appreciated the older cast of characters...more relatable for my middle-aged self.

Feb 29, 2016

An excellent psychological thriller.

Feb 26, 2016

If you like plot twists, simple prose, and page-turning suspense, you'll probably like this one! If you're annoyed when authors allow characters to withhold known information (used as a device to prolong suspense) or if you're sensitive to scenes of twisted violence/disturbing interactions (maybe 1-2 scenes), this may be one to skip.

Dec 04, 2015

I thought this book was going to be another kind of "women writers who hate women" sort of thing (think AM Homes or Gillian Flynn) but the ending saved this book from being that. It was a fair examination of the human failings of judgement & revenge. We all do it so it was good to think about all that juicy hypocrisy that is probably our greatest of sins.

Though I nearly stopped reading after the first 3rd of the book, it never really became a pleasure but a curiosity. Still it's worth staying with until the end. Anyone who thinks the ending wasn't plausible probably should read books by Gillian Flynn & AM Homes.

Nov 01, 2015

I thought of this book as a wannabe twisty novel--like Gone Girl or When I Fall Asleep or so many others. But I didn't think this one worked. Now I'd say when this particular genre doesn't work it can be really bad because it is just sort of silly. Though I will say that it is tense at moments and you do want to see how it's going to end. I just think the workings are all too transparent and the writing not strong enough.

Oct 10, 2015

In the genre with Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. Very well done.Clever. Creepy. Most unpleasant.Renee Knight, like the others, doesn't need to write any more in similar vein but.. I'll have the same awful fascination that will compel me to read her later efforts should there be any.

Sep 15, 2015

one of the best thrillers I've read this year.Highly recommended

drudofsky Jul 26, 2015

More poignant than "Gone Girl", although even less believable in terms of plot. Once I got to page 100, it was hard to put down.

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