Release date - 6th February 2020
Book length - 384 pages
Publisher - HQ
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I want to thank HQ for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
JOANNE HAYNES HAS A SECRET.
THAT IS NOT HER REAL NAME.
And there’s more. Her flat isn’t hers. Her cats aren't hers. Even her hair isn’t really hers.
Nor is she any of the other women she pretends to be. Not the bestselling romance novelist who gets her morning snack from the doughnut van on the seafront. Nor the pregnant woman in the dental surgery. Nor the chemo patient in the supermarket for whom the cashier feels ever so sorry. They're all just alibis.
In fact, the only thing that’s real about Joanne is that nobody can know who she really is.
But someone has got too close. It looks like her alibis have begun to run out….
Gripping, hypnotic, and very strange (in a good way!), THE ALIBI GIRL by CJ Skuse was unlike anything that I had ever read before and is sure to be a hit with all suspense and thriller fans.
Joanne Haynes has many secrets. To every person that she meets, she is someone different with a different name and a different life. She is a pathological liar who has created new personas depending on the day and the mood that she is in - from the happily married mum of five to the bestselling author. Joanne is a liar. But there is a reason for this because Joanne cannot be who she truly is because it is dangerous. Joanne has to stay hidden in order to survive and along the way, making up these other lives have helped her to stay somewhat sane. But somebody has found her and will do whatever it takes to make sure Joanne disappears for good this time.
Haunting and sad at times, THE ALIBI GIRL has a way of making you connect with Joanne even though she has done and said some disturbing things. Moving from past to present where we get to see how Joanne came into existence, my heart broke for the little girl who just wanted love and stability with her family, and I desperately wanted her to find a way out of the darkness and to be happy again like she used to be.
There is never a dull moment in this book and while there are a few confusing moments, it wasn't long before things became clearer and the drama became even more heightened.
THE ALIBI GIRL by CJ Skuse is not a fast-paced, action-packed story but yet it manages to have the same impact on the reader and when I finished reading this book, I had to take a moment to let it all sink in. It is an engrossing story and I highly recommend it.
C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House) and MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She has recently written the adult crime novels SWEETPEA and its sequel for HQ/HarperCollins. C.J. was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England and has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, lectures in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.
C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and graveyards. She hates hard-boiled eggs, going to the dentist and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend's Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas - she just didn't get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Tom Hardy present her with the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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