While she seems to have it all, Sophie Knight is looking for more. When gorgeous and carefree Michael Frisk walks into her life, he offers the excitement and passion she desires
Sophie is willing to risk everything she has. After all, she is used to concealing things from her husband—like her alcoholism, her unhappiness. But soon she has more to hide. She wakes up one morning in an alcoholic haze and finds bruises on her body, but has no recollection of what happened to her. Was she raped?
When unsettling notes and mysterious phone calls start, Sophie wonders whom she should turn to. Is Michael the cause of the frightening things happening in her life, or is he the answer to her problems?
- Release Date: May 7, 2019
- Page Numbers: 333
- Publisher: Ink Press
On the surface, Sophie Knight seems to be living the life most women would envy. She’s an accountant with a respectable firm, married to a man with a successful and lucrative career and living in a fashionable section in Notting Hill. But beneath that veneer is a woman who’s unhappy and uses alcohol to dull her pain and restlessness. One night out with her best friend turns her life upside down while also begins a complicated relationship with Michael Frisk, a much younger man and musician.
The format of the story took me a moment to get used to as there aren’t formal chapters, just progressive entries in Sophie’s journal. I thought it would be off putting but it didn’t take long for me to adapt and enjoy this unusual approach to storytelling. Sophie’s got a serious drinking problem, which makes her an unreliable narrator as everything is seen through her eyes, told through her voice. There are times when I find this type device annoying but not here. It made me pay attention, get to know Sophie and decipher the clues impacted by alcoholic haze versus the probable reality based on behavioral norms. It was often akin to watching the proverbial train wreck about to happen but with some unforeseen moments of clarity on Sophie’s part to avert disaster. The path was sometimes predictable but mostly not.
I got to a point where I just couldn’t put the book down. The story dragged, just a little, towards the middle but I’d advise you to pay attention. It later becomes important when things combust in ways I didn’t see coming. I’m impressed that this is a debut novel as the author has crafted a story we’ve heard and seen before but done in a way that feels unique at the same time. I raced through the second half and hadn’t a clue how it would be resolved. While it does reach a conclusion, there are still aspects left open for the reader’s imagination. I liked that as it kept me thinking about Sophie and this story long after I’d finished. You’ll want to read this one.
About the Author
J.S Ellis is a thriller author. She’s currently working on an adult Dystopian series called the Chaperone. She’s also working on another thriller novel for now it’s called Opium, as it’s still a wip.
J.S always liked to scribble from a young age, but started writing by the age of sixteen. She spent all this time, enhancing and learning about the craft. Writing is her passion books are her obsession. She has a degree in Creative Writing, English literature, and digital marketing. She works in an accountancy firm. She lives in Malta with her fiancé.
When she’s not writing or reading, she’s either cooking, eating cheese, and chocolate, or listening to good music and enjoying a glass of wine or two.
Many thanks to Love Books Group Tours for a complimentary copy of this book.