It’s my stop on the blog tour today for this great suspenseful debut novel by Nikki Smith.
All In Her Head was published last week by the wonderful Orion Books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nikki studied English Literature at University before pursuing a career in finance. She always had a passion for writing and in 2017 she applied for a Cutis Brown
Her life is a pack of lies. But what if she is the liar?
Alison is more alone than she’s ever been. She is convinced that her ex-husband Jack is following her. She is certain she recognises the strange woman who keeps approaching her at work.
She knows she has a good reason to be afraid. But she can’t remember why.
Then the mention of one name brings a whole lifetime of memories rushing back in.
Alison feels like she’s losing her mind . . . but it could just lead her to the truth.
All In Her Head is a wonderful multi layered novel, with a dual narrative story that was used superbly to create a really gripping and tense read.
Alison is working in a library and is extremely anxious. She is sure someone is following her and that they are trying to contact her. There is also a woman at work who tries to befriend her in her lunch break. Alison is sure that she has meet this woman before, but just can’t remember where.
The first part of the book had me so intrigued. I really got a sense of Alison’s emotional state and the tension and fear oozes from each page. As you read on and into the second part of the story you meet Jack. Here again is another mysterious and highly charged account and the book ramps up the tension once more.
I was sucked right into the first narrative and was really intrigued by the mystery of what could be happening to Alison, plus also who this woman, called Sarah, may be. It’s hard to explain much more of the story line without giving away any spoilers but when the story opens up further it takes a turn I really wasn’t expecting and the book becomes the truly emotional, gripping tale that it is. I couldn’t put the book down as I learned of the background to the characters.
I loved the way it was written and how the author used the dual narrative to cleverly twist and turn the story line. The characters were brilliantly portrayed and their experiences and emotions on the topic handled within the story were brilliantly expressed.
I found it a great read that was both emotional, heart wrenching and thrilling all at the same time. A great debut novel and one that I would highly recommend.
Thanks so much to Anne at Random Things Tours for my space on the blog tour and to Orion Books for my advanced hard back copy of the book. I really can’t wait to see what this author writes next!