Thursday, 23 July 2015

If She Did It - Jessica Treadway

"What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime?

One night changed everything. A father murdered in his bed. A mother beaten almost to death. A daughter who claims she knew nothing about her boyfriend's murderous plans. But is she telling the truth?

Hanna can't remember the details of what happened that traumatic night, she barely survived the brutal assault that left her a widow. However, if she is to keep her husband's killer in jail, she knows she has to try. But Hanna hadn't realised that those memories may cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter…"

I found this a really unsettling read - I knew there was something a little "off" all the way through the novel but wasn't really sure what it was. Jessica Treadway is very successful at creating tension in that, while the reader knows that there is a possibility that Hanna's daughter was involved in her attack, it's not make completely clear what happened and which of the characters the reader can trust - I really enjoyed this whole aspect of the novel, and although the ending wasn't a complete surprise, Treadway's characters are almost unknown at the end from the characters that they were in the beginning. 

I also enjoyed Treadway's style of writing - there is a lot of narrative as the story is being told from Hanna's point of view and the writing seems to focus on that rather than any dialogue that takes place, but it flows well and there is no chance of becoming bored. 

Not your average psych thriller, I enjoyed this despite the fact that it did give me the creeps in some places!

If She Did It is out now and you can get it here:

**My thanks to the publisher for my ARC**

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