06 June, 2021

#BookReview :: You Need to Know by Nicola Moriarty - #WomenWriters #PsychologicalThriller @PenguinUKBooks


Family! You can't live with them and you can't live without them… And it is especially complicated when secrets are involved.

In 'You Need to Know', author Nicola Moriarty introduces us to Jill and her family consisting of three sons, two daughters-in-law and her four grandchildren. Coincidentally Jill's sons, all three of them are writers. As Christmas approaches, the family packs their bags and heads towards their holiday cottage which is a tradition of sorts in the family. As the story opens, we realise that this year there is a heaviness in the air with the death anniversary of Frank, Jill's husband, looming on them. And then the family is involved in a road accident on the way to the cottage and secrets that they keep start spilling out.

I absolutely loved the book for its plot and the way the story unfolds through multiple POVs of the cast and characters in the story. The plot is unfurls slowly as the secrets are slowly revealed. The slow burn of the plot and the way twists are revealed slowly throughout the plot with a surprising climax - the book was a page turner. Each character is well developed thanks to the multiple POV narrative we get closer look at all of them. I cannot name one particular character that stands out, but in a good way because they each have a role to play in the story and contributes equally to the plot. I loved all the drama and the air of suspense throughout.

There are two things that is stopping me from rating this book a 5 star and both are very personal reasons. One is that I am not completely sure if I like the 'resolution' that the plot provides. The other is that I had a difficult time getting into the books for about the first 20% of the book. I cannot pinpoint what it was about the narration style that made it difficult for me. I do love multiple POV and the individual voices and perspectives of characters always makes things more interesting to me.

Both the reasons for not rating this book a 5star are very personal and as such I wouldn't want to discourage the readers from picking this book up based solely on them. In fact, I'd like to recommend this book to those who enjoy drama and psychological thriller.

Review copy received from Penguin Random House UK 

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