Review: Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan

Good Evening All,

As usual, I have a book review to post late on a Saturday night. This one isn’t even because it’s taken me all week to get through a book. I picked up Apply of My Eye by Claire Allan this morning and I’ve read it in one go (with a kids birthday party thrown in the middle). Been a manic week for me, work and otherwise, so I was very happy to snuggle up with my new puppy today and get lost in this awesome read.

Eliana Hughes receives an anonymous handwritten note that advises her that her husband Martin is cheating on her. He’s been distant in the last couple of months and at six months pregnant, it is only natural that Eliana finds herself distrustful of almost everyone around her. The intensity of the anonymous note writer increases and whilst under stress and pressure, Eliana makes a mistake that could jeopardise her career as a palliative nurse. Meanwhile, there is a woman biding her time. A woman who is desperate to become and mother and will stop short of nothing to achieve that.

I have been dying to read this book ever since I read Claire Allan’s Her Name Was Rose (have a nosey a my glowing review). I loved that book and went searching for her other work right away. I wasn’t lucky enough to get an ARC for Apple of My Eye so waited patiently for it to be released. I can happily tell you all, it was worth the wait! I couldn’t put this down and whizzed through it in a matter of hours.

There are two parallel stories in this book, which keep you guessing at how they’re finally going to come together. I’m not going to spoilt it for anyone but I can honestly say, I did not see it coming until it was slapped right in front of my face and at that moment I let out the biggest audible gasp.

Poor poor Eliana! That’s how I felt about the leading lady in the story right through to the very last page.At the beginning of the book I kind of felt like she needed to pull it together and get on with it but that feeling didn’t last very long. I rooted for Martin the whole time, I so wanted them to work out their martial problems.

What I really loved about this book was the fact that I really did think I had it down. I was certain I knew where it was going to go and it turns out my internal sat nav was totally wrong. A book that can lull me into thinking I have all the answers and prove me completely wrong is everything I want from a thriller. Loved the characters, loved the storyline, loved the writing. What else is there really to say?! Please keep busy writing more Claire!!




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