Review of Everything You Told Me by Lucy Dawson


Published: 5th January 2017
Publisher: Corvus
Pages: 336


You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last ten hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying.

Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling…


Thank you to Corvus for kindly sending me a review copy.

The narrative opens with our main character, Sally, unconscious in the back of a taxi. Soon enough, everything becomes confusing and she’s left with several unanswered questions. When the plot takes readers back to two days ago, we see Sally in her natural habitat: a mum of two struggling to get her baby in a sleep pattern, bickering with her husband over the silliest of things, accepting help from her mother-in-law and being thrown in at the deep end when she comes face to face with her brother’s new fiancé who Sally, very clearly, does not get on with.

“It hadn’t been me that had ordered too many, it was far more likely to be an online technical glitch. I was almost sure of it.”

With the plot focusing on missing money, a dodgy soon-to-be sister-in-law and a very helpful mother-in-law, Sally has set her sights on blaming one particular person. Lucy’s writing was absolutely superb and I was completely hooked from the opening chapter, the one in which she writes mystery is extremely captivating and the ending, well… I didn’t see that coming a mile off.

“Everything is under control… Except me. I don’t feel under control at all.”

The ending was shocking. There’s no other word for it. Sally’s world was turned upside down in the most heart breaking way possible. The narrative, itself will keep you guessing right until the very end and just when you think you’ve read it all, Lucy will throw in yet another twist and the book will look very different from when it first began. Sheer brilliance.

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