After reading Susie’s last book The Lies We Hide, I didn’t think another book from her would affect me as much as that story did. I could not have been more wrong! For once I am actually lost for words as to how Can You See Her has actually made me feel. This story just took my breath away and has gotten under my skin in a way that I could not have imagined. I am going to say it now that Can You See Her is one of my best books for 2020 and without the month even over yet with a few more books to still read, will also be my book of the month for April!
I can’t even rehash the plot of this story and don’t feel I need to as the blurb is very detailed and gives the reader just what is needed to go in with. To be honest, when I see that Susie has a new book coming out, I don’t even read what it is about anymore. I absolutely love going into her work with the plot surrounded in mystery and taking this approach hasn’t let me down yet. Each story that Susie comes up with is always fresh and she just outdoes her previous book each and every time.
I really enjoyed how Susie has structured this book. Told mainly from the perspective of Rachel Ryder, her story is spoken to a forensic psychiatrist “Blue Eyes”. The opening paragraph couldn’t set up the tone of the book more perfectly. “There are things I don’t know. But I know people are dead. I know I killed them and I know it all started the day I realised I was invisible”. Reading this again just gives me goosebumps! The other parts of the story are told through police transcripts which I found to be a clever way of doing this and is a point of difference as opposed to how police investigations normally unfold throughout a story.
Each of the characters has been expertly developed and each play a pivotal role, but for this review, I need to just focus on Rachel. Oh my goodness what a character she is! I was just blown away and completely in awe of her. The sadness and fragility that emanates from her, jumped off the pages and just consumed me. There were many times that I was overcome with so much emotion, I had to take a break and get myself back under control to be able to continue. It takes a special author to be able to make a fictional character seem so real and Susie has nailed this!
Can You See Her is really a thrilling read that will keep you enthralled right from the get-go. The tension and suspense that is built up throughout are second to none, in the lead up to not one but two things I did not see coming! Also, make sure you have the tissues handy… The last eight chapters I actually read through tears as I was overcome with so much emotion. As I mentioned in my last review, Susie you are a bloody superstar and I absolutely adore your work and I look forward to many more books to come from you. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Can You See Her? which I can not recommend highly enough.
Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Susie Lynes for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Can You See Her? which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2438 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (22 April 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084GVWRJJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 44 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)