Guesswork And Intuition
As the novel opens the reader does not know who ‘the prisoner’ is. As I read on I tried to guess whose voice it was.
The story has two different time frames… the past and the present. There are three different voices enabling the reader to inhabit three different personalities.
Guilt is a menacing read. The reader ‘sees’ what is happening but is powerless to stop it. We can only read on in horror.
Truth, lies and appearances are the main themes. “Truth is freedom” but truth seems to be buried amongst the lies.
There are the difficult topics of rape, mental health issues, self harm and psychological trauma as well as drug taking. It is a seedy underworld clothed in respectability.
Guilt is a consuming read. The reader is engrossed, hoping that the truth will out and justice will prevail. Manipulation is the order of the day.
As psychological thrillers go, Guilt is one of the best and most chilling I have read.
A gripping read.
I received this book for free from Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.