A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller - already an international sensation - about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth.
Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day she became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew - and that person is dead.
Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine's world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day - even if the shocking truth might destroy her.
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- L. Lee
Surprisingly upsetting -- bizarre premise
The first half or so of the novel felt suspenseful and kept me listening. The narratation was quite wonderful.
No, I will not. This book ended up being deeply upsetting in a way that makes me think I simply would not enjoy anything by this author. I am more than willing to engage with heavy or dark material, but there was a bleakness and hatefulness (not even that of individual characters, but of the narrative arc in general) in this book that I found distressing. It simply did not work for me.
The narrators did a fantastic job conveying a wide range of emotions.
Sadly, I expect this book will be made into a film -- or at least a Lifetime movie.... It will be a bummer.
I don't want to give away any plot points, but the worldview of this author is quite dark. The range of viciousness, misunderstandings, and lack of empathy and compassion were hard for me to take. What connection there was felt like glopped on sentimental dreck.