Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Warning and I am here today with a review of this fantastic book!
Title: The Warning Author: Kathryn Croft Publisher: Bookouture Published: 12th October 2018 Pages: 351 Format: ebook Source:: Review Copy from Netgalley Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary: My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.
Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.
Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email:
You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.
Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?
From the very beginning of this book, a sinister feeling settled in my bones. Something wasn’t quite right but I could not work out what the problem was. With a multiple perspective narrative, the story gradually delves deeper, continually pulling the reader in. All I kept thinking while reading was what was really happening. Normally I can sometimes piece bits together and get ahead of the game a bit but this book completely threw me and I absolutely loved it for that reason. Kathryn Croft manages to weave the reader into the story, not letting them go until the conclusion at the end of the book.
The story is incredibly well written, the lives of the characters interweaving throughout as lies and deceit spray the world leaving the reader – and main protagonist – unsure who to trust. Alongside the main plot, there were also a few subplots thrown in, all there to throw the reader off. This was so clever and I found myself thinking one thing before having it completely pulled out from under me. I do have to say that I had thought I had guessed one thing in the book but was surprisingly wrong which is always interesting! All of this together meant that it was very difficult to put the book down!
One of the things I really liked about this book were the characters. As mentioned above, it seemed that everyone had a secret that was threatened to be revealed and this meant that everyone was involved in the main plot. The reader constantly second guessing everyone. But what really worked was how well Kathryn Croft has created believable characters with complex and complicated lives and relationships. Emotions are seriously heightened in this story and I kept wanting to scream at some of the characters while trying to work out how it was all going to pan out in the end. Something that I always feel reveals just how invested I am in a story.
All in all, this is a book that I very much enjoyed spending the time reading and would highly recommend it to others as well. It is a very well-written psychological thriller that will have you guessing and re-guessing after each and every chapter. It was addictive, intense and emotional. I definitely did not foresee the ending but I absolutely loved the final conclusion. It was a shock to the system and it just made me feel for all of the characters in the book. Honestly, if you’re looking for a book that will draw you in from the very beginning, make sure you pick this book up!
About the Author
Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.
Her seventh psychological thriller is due to be released in October 2018.
After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband and young family.
Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!