”Before I let you in” by Jenny Blackhurst is psychological thriller and a good one too. I paid barely 1 euro for the ebook, so I was pleasantly surprised. Gripping and fast paced with twists that are not easily foreseen. Which is basically all a good thriller should be about, isn’t it?
Karen and her two best friends Eleanor and Bea, are the main characters. They have known each other since their childhood and are still in each other lives, even now with their own families, careers etc. They share everything, that’s what they believe anyway, but Karen has a secret she has not revealed to the others. Her baby sister died when she was only little. She knows she shouldn’t blame herself, she was only four and her beloved sibling shouldn’t have been left in her care in the first place. She is a successful psychiatrist and understands guilt and grief as abstracts, but they have been eating her up ever since.
Eleanor is a mum of an adopted toddler as well as a baby she gave birth to, and is at her wits ends. She is exhausted, not sleeping enough, and in a desperate need of doing something outside her domestic responsibilities. Meanwhile Bea, not having family of her own and stuck in an uninsipring office job, feels like she is running behind her friends – Eleanor with her happy family and Karen with her high flying career. All the women seem rather vulnerable and this is only just a beginning as all their lives begin to shatter when Karen takes on a new patient, Jessica Hamilton.
Jessica tells her therapist things that seem to be directed at Karen personally. Karen starts to worry that this young and unpredictable girl may be a threat not only to her, but to her friends as well. She feels trapped as she cannot break the doctor – patient confidentiality, not without any solid proof that anyone is in danger, and the girl is smart and careful. Karen is on a mission to get the proof. She is worried she may be risking her licence, but feels that the safety of the people she is closest to is more important. Jessica seems to be holding all the cards, she knows Karen’s secret, the one from long ago and another, neither of which shared with Bea or Eleanor. Things are spiraling downhill and fast.
I enjoyed the book and the price was excellent. I am granting 3 pears, plums or apricots.
Pears, plums or apricots rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time