Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Apple Of My Eye by Claire Allan. I do love a twisted psychological thriller and this one definitely fits the bill. Read on for my thoughts, but first the book description……
When a mysterious note arrives for seven months pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.
As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.
Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…
Having read Her Name was Rose, I was looking forward to reading Claire Allan’s latest psychological offering, Apple of my Eye and it’s fair to say it did not disappoint. Books classed as a psychological thriller are two a penny, so I’m always looking for something in a book of this genre that makes it standout from the crowd, it may be the characters, the plot or something entirely different. For me the one thing that makes this book memorable is the author’s ability to misdirect the reader at every turn of the page. Apple Of My Eye is a book that’s crammed with mystery, there’s an overwhelming sense of menace that radiates from the pages of this addictive read.
Being pregnant should be an enjoyable experience, a time to prepare for motherhood, unfortunately that’s not the case for Eliana, she spends her pregnancy crippled by self doubt. Adding to her anxiety is Eli’s distant relationship with her husband Martin. Matters aren’t helped when she receives a cryptic note suggesting that her husband is cheating on her. As jealousy, paranoia and tension build, an emotionally fragile Eli’s becomes suspicious of everyone around her. When her overbearing mother comes to stay, she convinces Eli to go back to Belfast with her, and it’s at this point the story takes a very disturbing turn.
Narrated from the POV of Eli, her mother Angela and the mysterious Louise, it’s the chapters told from Louise POV that add a sense of dread to the plot. Claire Allan creates suspicion and mistrust through her storytelling, you find yourself wary of those closest to Eli, looking for clues to the “who” is causing so much trouble for Eli. Halfway through reading this book I had a theory to the culprit and their motives and unfortunately I was correct, so the element of surprise I was expecting never materialised, but never the less I felt a frisson of excitement as the author finally revealed all. Apple Of My Eye is a psychological thriller with a dark heart, it’s a book that begs to be read in one hugely satisfying sitting. Highly recommended
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: Avon (24 Jan. 2019)