Psychiatrist Karen is used to dealing with a range of personalities but when new patient Jessica enters her office, she immediately senses that something is not right. Jessica seems to know all about Karen and her friends – things that very few people are aware of. Soon Karen finds that her life, and the lives of those she cares about, is spiralling out of control. Just who exactly is Jessica and has Karen made a big mistake in letting her in?
Before I Let you In tells the story of three lifelong friends, Karen, Bea and Eleanor who, despite their different lifestyles, have remained as close as ever. Karen is dedicated to her work and, to the outside world, seems to have it all. We find out, however, that her boyfriend is not exactly who he seems – just what is his secret? Eleanor is struggling to cope with the demands of a new baby and Bea is still traumatised about events from the past. What follows is a tale of all-consuming friendship and a lesson in how we may not know everything about those closest to us.
Each main character is given chapters devoted to them so we get the opportunity to experience exactly what is going on in their lives. As the twisted tormentor starts to play their mind games on the women, immense tension is created as you wonder at what point they will realise what is truly happening. At points, this book is genuinely ‘unputdownable’ as the plot moves like an express train and grips you at every turn.
Although there is a point in the story when you realise the true extent of the sickening behaviour of the tormentor, the ending still comes as a big surprise and is definitely not something I could have predicted. Credit to Jenny Blackhurst for creating a believable plot where you do genuinely feel fear and sympathy for the characters.
Before I Let You In is a must read that is available to buy now on Amazon.
With thanks to Net Galley and Headline for the ebook.
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