Welcome to the Before I Let You In blog tour!
About the book
Published: 28th August 2016, Paperback 3rd November 2016 (Headline)
Karen is meant to be the one who fixes problems.
It’s her job, as a psychiatrist – and it’s always been her role as a friend.
But Jessica is different. She should be the patient, the one that Karen helps.
But she knows things about Karen. Her friends, her personal life. Things no patient should know.
And Karen is starting to wonder if she should have let her in . .
This is one tension filled creepy novel! Karen is an esteemed psychiatrist and has two best friends, Eleanor and Bea who she has been close to since school. Karen is the one who looks out for every one else so possibly the career choice of a psychiatrist was a given! Karen is a confident and competent psychotherapist until she takes on new patient, Jessica who unnerves her from the outset. Eleanor is adjusting to being a mother of 2 since the birth of her second son and Bea is a closed book but haunted by events in her past.
I disliked Jessica right from the very start, there is something strange about her, too self-assured and comfortable to be in a psychiatrists office for the first time so I immediately warmed to Karen as I felt her unease.
This book is very well written, we are provided with so much information and insight into the characters psyche yet there is an undercurrent of something so much bigger which keeps you on tenterhooks throughout the story. Before I Let You In is told from the varying perspectives as well as interview notes which serve to provide more confusion than answers as the only thing that is clear is that something terrible has happened to someone.
The tension is built up slowly through the fantastic characters who are both likeable and frustrating all at the same time – probably because I just wanted to know what the hell was going on!
A fantastic example of a psychological thriller which explores the consequences of the manipulation of people and situations, which is actually uncomfortable at times to read. Certainly a page turner which kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing….just brilliant!
About Jenny Blackhurst
Jenny Blackhurst grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children. Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels – writing her own seemed like natural progression. Inspired by the emotions she felt around her own son’s birth, How I Lost You is Jenny’s thrilling debut crime novel.