Pub: Black Swan
Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.
Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?
Sometimes it’s better not to know.
I read the last page, closed the book and just sat opened mouthed in disbelief.
This debut by T.A.Cotterell is and unexpected wonder. What starts as a wife’s attempt to save her marriage, her husbands reputation and her family unit finishes into something quite different.
Alice is a painter, and Ed, an Obstetrician. Both have a life that is comfortable and enviable. But one night Ed does something out of character and a roller coaster of a tale uncovers lies, secrets and hidden motives.
Almost immediately I sided with Alice, and if I had been in the same situation I would have thought and done the same things she did. I thought Ed, rather sly and calculating and Cotterell gives the reader a choice in whom to believe.
What Alice Knew is a suspense filled, tense and intriguing insight into a different side of marriage and it had me gripped.
I don’t usually get romantic about an authors style of writing, but Cotterell is lyrical with his words. There is beauty in his descriptions and the art references added a focus to the story. This is book that changes from exquisite softness to cold hard reality in a matter of sentences.
I do think that the author will soon have a fan base that craves for his novels, and that he will not be able to write fast enough for us to be satisfied.
I am already hankering for his next one, and feel that I will enjoy a long long love affair with a new master of Psychological genius.