Published: July 2021
Publisher: Faber & Faber
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋/5 stars
The story is about 61 year old Gerry Anderson, who has an accident in his home and sustains multiple injuries resulting in him being bedridden until he recovers. Dream Girl, a novel he wrote a few years ago has earned him so much money that he can afford a private nurse and to be looked after in his own home. He starts getting calls from Aubrey, but how can that be? Aubrey is the main character from his book Dream Girl and as he has told everyone before, she is not real. So either someone must be trying to mess with him or his pain medication is affecting his mental state. As the story continues, he realizes something is just not right.
He has three failed marriages, no kids and both of his parents are dead so he doesn’t really have any family or loved ones around him. He is therefore under the care of his assistant and a hired nurse.
“Was it a dream? A delusion? The drugs? Some combination of the three? The drugs, he decides. It has to be the drugs. Please let it be the drugs.”
This slow burn thriller has a very dark and eerie feel. You may want to read something a bit more light hearted once you’ve finished it. The novel takes a turn and it’s definitely not what you’re expecting.
Gerry is not a likable character and his views on certain things are very outdated. The other characters were not particularly likable either, but I found myself turning page after page so that I could find out what was actually going on and who was behind those calls if they were actually real.
He was in great condition before the accident and is not used to being completely dependent on other people. Gerry realizes how easily he can overthink things and how his mind could be playing tricks on him when he has nothing else to do confined in his bed. He’s not sure if he’s imagining true calls or if they are actually real.
This thriller will even have you questioning yourself and the characters right up until the end.
Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.