130 of 133 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2014
Look behind you is a stunning psychological thriller that keeps you turning the pages till the very end.
Chloe is a teacher who at the start of the novel is trapped, bound and gagged in a chamber. She manages to escape, is found by a passer-by and is taken to hospital where no one believes her story, blaming it on hallucinations from a bad reaction to a drug prescribed. She has lost her memory so cannot explain how she got there, or who imprisoned her. All she is sure of is that it was real.
This novel reminded me of Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson, with the self doubt inflicted on the protagonist by all about her. I found myself, like Chloe, questioning everyone about her, and desperately seeking the truth. A fantastic read that I would thoroughly recommend.
120 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2014
This has to be the best 77p I have spent in a very long time-for this standard of psychological thriller I usually pay much more!
Chloe Benson awakes locked away entombed somewhere but manages to escape from her kidnapper....or does she? Nobody believes Chloes story blaming a bad reaction to antidepressants and Chloe starts to doubt herself due to her amnesia so starts to retrace her steps to solve what exactly has happened to her.
I absolutely loved this book and read it every second I was able to! I can understand comparisons with Before I go to Sleep and it has the feel of that book but holds its own with its own style and feel. Chloe is an everyday heroine that I really was able to relate to and I was cheering her on every step of the journey she takes to reclaim her memory and her life. Hope Sibel Hodge will write another in this genre and I eagerly await it when she does. Buy this if you loved BIGTS and you will not be disappointed.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
This is the first book I've read by Sibel Hodge and it wont be my last. I didn't really know what to expect but the reviews tempted me and I'm pleased they did.
I loved the pace of the book, the character development and interaction. I enjoyed the relationships within the story which had so many twists and turns it left me dizzy. I don't want to give too much away but I loved the ending - great turnaround.
For me it was like watching one of those movies you never want to end and although satisfying, I wanted more - just because I enjoyed the read so much. It was simple yet intriguing. An easy read, a real page turner that I flew through in a few days (I only read when I'm chained to a cross trainer!)
Would I recommend? Yes. Have I downloaded more books by this author? Yes.
It's a no-brainer, add it to your reading list.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I tend to go through phases with books where I read only a certain type, I’m trying to get out of that habit and read a wider variety but sometimes if you’ve read a particularly good book, you automatically gravitate to similar books. I’m on a psychological thriller binge at the minute. They’re not all ‘chill-you-to-the-bone’ type thrillers, some have been quite tame, they’ve still had me racing to turn the page (well, not all of them but some of them have) but they haven’t actually made me particularly scared.
From the front cover and title of this book, I didn’t expect this to be one of those books. I went into this fully expecting it to completely freak me out and leave me staring at the ceiling half the night, afraid to go to sleep, but afraid to get up and wander the house – just in case.
There is a hint of Sleeping With The Enemy about this “A picture of my kitchen cupboards flashes into my head. Tins, jars, bottles, everything in a perfect line, as if placed there by a magic, ruler-toting fairy. Labels facing outwards. A regulation centimetre gap between them. No clutter in sight. Just the way he likes everything.” And a hint of Into The Darkest Corner “Liam never liked my friends, so gradually it was easier just to let them drop off one be one.” There’s also a definite feeling of Before I Go To Sleep – sorry, couldn’t find suitable quote for this one.
It wasn’t what I expected, it didn’t have the fear factor that I’d expected but I did find it quite disturbing. I was always eager to find out what happened next (and what had actually happened before) and although I was pretty confident I knew who had done it there was always that element of doubt in my mind. I raced through this book pretty quickly, it really was one that I didn’t want to put down.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
This book hits the ground running from the first page. English teacher Chloe Benson wakes up disoriented and tied up in a basement. She realises she’s been kidnapped. Despite being in pain, hungry, thirsty and having lost a big chunk of her memory, she pulls herself together and looks for a way to escape.
She finally does just that, and after running through the woods she is found at the side of the road and taken to hospital. This is where the story really starts.
No one believes her story about being kidnapped. Not her doctors, the police, or even her husband Liam. They do have a legitimate reason for being doubtful, which I won’t spoil, and soon even Chloe herself starts to doubt herself. Did she imagine it? Or did it really happen and is she still in danger? Her last memory before waking in the basement is of her husband’s birthday party, which was weeks earlier, and she can’t remember anything that happened since then.
So she realises she has to somehow piece together her missing memories, and work out exactly what happened to her and find a way to prove to everyone that she’s telling the truth.
This book was brilliant. I was a little bit sceptical to begin with as it was a Kindle cheapy, and sometimes that can mean that it’s not going to be that great. But that was certainly not the case here. Chloe’s story had me gripped from the first page and I was just as desperate as she was to find out just what the heck was going on!
My only criticism would be the blurb of the book describing it as the new ‘Gone Girl’. It seems that pretty much every book these days is the new Gone Girl, and it’s getting a bit annoying. It’s nothing like Gone Girl, it’s a fantastic book in its own right so my plea to publishers would be to please stop referring to every mystery/thriller as the new Gone Girl. Seriously, just stop.
But that’s no reflection on the book itself, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery. It’s not particularly long at only 238 pages so there’s no padding, it’s definitely all killer and no filler. And it’s currently only 77p on Amazon for the Kindle version. Go buy it right this minute!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2014
This book was a real page turner, BUT the writing itself is terrible. It is full of cliches, and reads like its the author's first attempt at writing. It needed the editor to go through it with a big red pen, but then how much of the original book would have been left? It really is a poor version of Gone Girl and Before I go to Sleep. However, if you like a light read (despite the subject matter), it is a good storyline and I did want to read to the end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bought this on some deal or other, but didn't expect too much from an author I'd never heard of. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. The style is nothing like anything I've read before, much of it is the mental ramblings of the main character teetering on the edge of "did it happen, or am I going mad?". It would be very easy to have made this kind of narrative horribly irritating, but it has been done really well, and I really did have trouble putting it down.
My only criticism (and a star off) would be that the ending felt a little bit rushed, as though she suddenly realised the book needed to end but wasn't sure how to go about it. When the victim was talking to the police yet again towards the end, still unsure if she was imagining it all, I was mentally shouting at her "Tell him about your bank cards which your husband said he had cancelled when he hadn't really!!!". If he knew where she had been holed up (her friend's house), surely he would have gone round to clear up all her stuff, to remove any evidence that the alleged suicide note was really a "I'm leaving you" note? And having gone to such great lengths to make out she was going mad and give himself alibis, he did suddenly seem to throw all caution to the wind at the end. And now it's all over, I'm not entirely sure why he was trying to kill her anyway...
Overall though, a very enjoyable read. I will look out for more from this author now.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
Excellent read - I didn't want the book to finish, it keeps you wanting to know more from the start and has you wondering who could plot such an attach
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2014
Very predictable - author forgets the colour of her main character's hair!! This is actually quite significant! Read to the end but not a great read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2015
This was a really disappointing book. It started off reasonably well, but it was glaringly obvious early on who the culprit of the story was going to be. Yet the storyline went round and round in circles before concluding with the ending that was obvious all along to anyone reading it. Also, it was just to far fetched to be taken seriously. Not very well written either. I'm puzzled as to how books like this get good reviews.