Disclaimer – Reene Knight

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.


I find that many books are based on the withholding of secrets, a secret history or a past life, this one is very different albeit running with a similar theme.

The idea of this story being that little bit different from the normal plot line aroused my curiosity and even though it began slowly, it was well written as a slow burn and holding my attention and keeping me engaged.

I found the writing to be very intense at times and during particular scenes

The emotions we go through with the main character Catherine are very heightened indeed, we feel her fear and anguish, hear her confusion and without even realising we are reliving her memory of that holiday and everything that has happened thereafter. There were sections of the story where I shouted out in disbelief encouraging the characters to really think or change tact, cringing inwardly at the massive mistakes they were making unable to come back from. Not that they listened, they continued on their course fuelling the raging storyline at fast speed towards the conclusion.

I pity Stephen Brigstocke his character is a deranged, disillusioned, manipulative old man

The more I read about him and watch as his plan comes alive the more I despise him in his entirety as he feeds upon his plan of mass destruction. I am not overly fond of Catherine’s husband either, he doesn’t play fair. Everyone needs to play fair.

As soon as I finished this story I passed it on. I recommended it as an excellent read.

There is so much more I could share and say, yet I want you to discover these details for yourself. I want you to take Catherine’s journey and share with me how you feel, because I guarantee this book is like no other and will surprise you with the many twists and turns. Read it.


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