Searching To Belong
The Alibi Girl by C.J. Skuse is a marvellous contemporary psychological thriller suspense that I positively devoured. I was hooked and asking questions from the start.
C.J. Skuse draws the reader in and drip feeds information as we try to put the pieces together to solve the puzzle. I fell for some red herrings along the way and my jaw literally dropped at at least one point.
The Alibi Girl was a cleverly constructed tale and one that I fully participated in as it was told in the first person. I ‘became’ the voice in the story. The novel has two main voices and two distinct time periods – now and eighteen years earlier. Bonds formed in childhood remain intact as characters long to return to a time they last experienced happiness. The past influences current behaviour.
There is a mystery to solve. I found myself swirling in the mists of time, not knowing quite what to expect.
The novel revolves around truth and lies. Can you spot which is which? So many tales are spun that even a character longs for a time when lives were simpler and the truth was told and fairy tales were in the imagination.
I thought The Alibi Girl was an utterly brilliant and unique read with a thrilling conclusion I didn’t spot coming. I look forward to much more by C.J. Skuse.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.