I thought this was a fast-paced, disorientating read, with a multi-layered main character.
Chloe Daniels regains consciousness in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. She doesn’t recognise the strangers who call themselves family. She can’t even remember her own name. Her past remains a mystery to her, but as she slowly recovers, her parents and sister begin to share details of her life. The career, the seaside home, the near-fatal crash. But Chloe can sense they are keeping dark secrets and she is determined to find out the truth.
The fact that Chloe can’t remember anything of her previous life adds an immediate sense of fear and suspicion into this book, and the overwhelming presence of the unknown throughout is almost suffocating. She’s a very interesting main character, and as the reader finds out more about her past life, I felt that there was a real disconnect between herself before and after the crash that the story revolves around. Chloe almost seems like a different person, but it really works well. Towards the end, the two sides of Chloe definitely start to join and work together to show who she really is, and I loved this sense of piecing together throughout.
Her family are also well written, and her dad is the most interesting yet damaging character. His actions are truly bizarre at times, and it seems like he only views his daughter as a clinical patient, rather than have an actual connection with her. I thought that this really highlighted the trauma Chloe was going through, and the secrets he keeps from her are honestly mind-boggling. I struggled to believe that anyone would genuinely keep these things secret, but for the sake of letting the suspense and fear build up, I went along with it. Her mum and sister definitely deserved more time, I couldn’t really understand why they didn’t team up and go against her dad, and I don’t feel that the relationship between them and the dad was properly explored. It felt rather assumed that he was so controlling they were unable to argue back, but this seems pretty easily resolved by the end…
I guessed who the ‘villain’ was pretty early on, but it felt so obvious that perhaps the reader was meant to know, as it got really frustrating (in a good way) that Chloe was unable to see it herself. Despite guessing who was responsible, I didn’t actually figure out the events that occurred to get to the crash itself, and it was definitely a good twist and a great ending.
Between the Lies
St. Martin’s Griffin, 05th March 2019