What Alice Knew T.A.Cotterell

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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.



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