You Don’t Know Me, the new novel by Sara Foster is being pitched by its publisher Legend Press as a ‘brilliant psychological suspense novel‘. I’d agree with this statement but for me it is more as it is so emotionally charged. It is a thriller but it is also a character driven, captivating love story – and I’m always a sucker for a good love story.
I finished reading it this morning with tears streaming down my face. It’s now 5:30 in the evening and I swear this book is all I’ve thought about all day long.
You Don’t Know Me is the love story of Noah and Alice who fall for each other hard and fast when they meet in Thailand. I love how Foster evokes the headiness and simplicity of their passion through the use of Thai culture, especially Thai food. The sensation of taste and the beautiful Thai dishes symbolically portrays the early days of Noah and Alice’s love. Personally I loved this as I adore Thailand, especially the Thai food!
However Noah is using his holiday to escape the looming inquest into the death of Lizzie Burdett, an 18 year old girl from his home town who went missing 12 years ago. Lizzie, who had flaming long red hair was Noah’s first crush; she was also his older brother’s girlfriend. Noah and his brother have always hated each other.
Alice also has long flaming red hair…
Alice is also running away, but from what exactly?
You Don’t Know Me is a unique, captivating plot with layer upon layer of emotion. It explores the destructive power of dark secrets and shame. I loved it for this, as well as its exploration of vulnerability and narcissism.
I’ve got to be honest with you – I had a hunch about the who dunnit elements of the book and I was right. But that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this novel; in fact I think it actually enhanced it.
I found Sara Foster’s writing style fast paced and emotional which really appeals to me as reader. Close to the end there was one simple sentence that was written in such an understated manner but was so emotionally charged. Well from that point I was a complete emotional wreck and was crying my eyes out.
Sara Foster is a writer I definitely want to read more from.
Thank you to Lucy Chamberlain from Legend Press for inviting me to be involved in the blog tour to help publicise this gripping read which is released in the UK on 30th June 2020. To read the reviews of my fellow book bloggers also on the blog tour, please see below.
Happy reading everyone! 🙂