Book Review: Disclaimer by Renée Knight

What would you do if you picked up a book and realised as you read that it was your story? What if, not only was it your story, it was also a part of your life that you had never told anyone? Something that no one knew.

That was exactly what happened to documentary maker Catherine. Catherine had been living a charmed life. Successful in her career, a loving husband, only her not so successful son being the slight blip in her life. She chances upon a book and as she reads, realises to her horror that it was telling her story. A part of her life that was a deeply buried secret, an explosive secret which could rip apart her life. An incident from years ago that she had tried hard to forget. The standard disclaimer about any resemblance to persons dead or alive is struck off, in red. Clearly some one cares enough to do this to her, some one who is out to get her. Why? How? And why now? So many years after the incident. You can only find out as you read the book. 

In parallel to Catherine’s story is the narrative of a lonely man, a retired teacher, mourning the death of his wife. His life now revolves around clearing his wife’s clothes and living with her memories. What is the connection to Catherine and her horror?

An absolute page turner that had me hooked right from the start. A psychological thriller, that has you psyched, it got to me. I felt Catherine’s fear. The feeling that every move of hers was being watched, someone was waiting to pounce, just waiting for the right time. Perhaps waiting to push Catherine over the brink? Catherine transforms from the confident woman that she was, to a shell of her former self. A worried, scared woman, always looking over her shoulder for her stalker. Who was this and why did they care so much? What did Catherine do? What is this big secret, that she is hiding ? The characters are relatable, real.

I wish I could say more, but that would kill the book for you. It is such a powerful, fascinating book. The author reels you in, builds up the story, builds up the tension so very masterfully. A brilliant book. A 4/5 read, one I would definitely recommend wholeheartedly.

About the Author

Renée Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing. She has had TV and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four and Capital Films. In April 2013 she graduated from the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

This book is available from Amazon(UK).


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Disclaimer by Renée Knight

  1. On the contrary, I found it lackluster and boring. There was a lack of urgency or disinterest on part of Catherine to.. you know what. Maybe that was the whole point but it didn’t interest me at all 😦


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