Thursday 10 March 2016

You Sent Me a Letter - Lucy Dawson

What if your worst enemy found out your darkest secret?

At 2 a.m. on the morning of her 40th birthday, Sophie wakes to find an intruder in her bedroom. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues a 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 forever.

What did I think?

This started with a heart-stopping moment on the very first page as Sophie discovers an intruder in her bedroom.  From that moment on, the book is impossible to put down as Sophie struggles to keep her family and her secret safe.  

I absolutely loved this book, it had me on the edge of my seat as I tried to guess who was behind the letter and threat that Sophie received.  I felt like I absorbed some of her anxiety as the 8pm deadline approached and my palms started to sweat.  What is in the letter?  What will happen at 8pm?  Will Sophie's party go ahead or will her whole evening be ruined?  So many questions were flying around my brain as I raced through the pages and I couldn't read fast enough to get to the breathtaking conclusion.

This is such a good psychological story, examining how we act and react to stressful events.  I loved the interaction between Sophie and her sisters and also her boyfriend Marc, as I wondered if he was too good to be true.  I don't think a single character escaped my suspicious glare as I thought any of them could be playing with Sophie's mind.  I even thought at one point that it could all just be a bit of a wind-up but it was only the eye of the storm!

You Sent Me a Letter is so very well written and easy to read, casting suspicion over multiple characters and ensuring that the reader won't rest until the final page has been read.  It's tense, gripping and full of suspense - I loved it!

I received this book from the publisher, Corvus, in exchange for an honest review.

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