Monday 29 August 2016

Before I Let You In - Jenny Blackhurst

Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.
It's her job, as a psychiatrist - and it's always been her role as a friend.
But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.
But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.
And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . . .

What did I think?

Jenny Blackhurst's debut How I Lost You was one of my Top 20 Books of 2015, so I was eager to read what Jenny had in store for us next.  I certainly wasn't disappointed with the brain-twister that is Before I Let You In.

Karen, Bea and Eleanor have been friends since they were young.  Karen is a psychiatrist and tries to look after her friends; she knows how people work, after all.  Bea is hiding her true feeling from her friends as she struggles with a painful memory from her past. Eleanor is happily married with two children, but she only gave birth to one of them.  Each woman has secrets that won't stay buried for long.

When a new patient, Jessica, turns up at Karen's practice the tension really does go up a notch.  Jessica seems to be turning psychiatry on its head as we wonder who is the doctor and who is the patient.  Jessica plays with Karen's mind and plants seeds that grow into huge weeds, trying to cause a rift between Karen and her friends.

There are loads of twists and turns in Before I Let You In; it certainly managed to tie my brain into knots.  Jenny Blackhurst is an amazing author; she builds up tension, drops bombshells that you're not expecting and leaves you reeling at the end of the book.  If you haven't read any of Jenny Blackhurst's books yet, I strongly urge you to do so - you won't be disappointed.

I received this e-book from the publisher, Headline, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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