Everything You Told Me by Lucy Dawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying.
Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling…
The second book I've read by this author, the first one I read, You Sent Me A Letter, starts off with a good hook first chapter and turned into a page turner; Everything You Told Me sits in the same place.
A cleverly woven complex plot this is a slow burner building to the crescendo of an ending. The pace was constantly climbing through the novel and at one point it's not certain who Sally can trust. Just when you think you've sussed it Lucy Dawson throws another curve ball into the mix.
I do have a few criticisms however and although they didn't detract from the story it was immensely frustrating that Sally although desperately sleep depraved and exhausted from carrying the burden of a new baby and 4 year old almost on her own she doesn't really take control until page 190 Chapter 14 and this really was a bit unbelievable. Up to this point she hadn't even tried to find out who booked the taxi, trace the taxi company or do anything to help herself. I also found Matthew her husband a bit self obsessed and the fact that Sally was constantly making excuses for his (quite frankly) lazy and selfish behaviour I found this to be a bit much and something that most people in her place would not have put up with. Lucy Dawson sets the scene well and it was easy to see how confusion, auto suggestion and tiredness can mess with the best of our minds leading Sally down a path of self destruction.
You will enjoy this little minefield of mind games and it was satisfactory how it all came together in the end. A well deserved 4 stars for this one.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.