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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (4 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1784162396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784162399
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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"An intriguing and layered psychological thriller, What Alice Knew will hold you fast till its startling conclusion―and then you’ll want to talk about it to anyone who will listen. An impressive debut." (Shari Lapena, author of 'The Couple Next Door')

"Intriguing and compelling – it made me look at marriage in a different light …" (Jane Corry, Author of 'My Husband's Wife')

"The suspense [is] beautifully sustained ... the writing is finely crafted." (Joanne Harris)

"An utterly gripping brilliant plot and beautiful prose" (Gillian McAllister, author of 'Everything but the Truth')

"A tale of crime and morals ... an intriguing crime mystery that blends elements of psychological suspense and marital drama ... If you read this thinking you know where the story is going to go, just you wait. What Alice Knew is a tale of what it means to be a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and an artist. But more than anything, it’s a story of humanity, in all it’s ugliness and beauty, and the things people are willing to do for the ones they love." (Culturefly)

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An addictive debut for fans of tense, thought-provoking novels such as Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret and Clare Macintosh’s I Let You Go

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I found this book by browsing around here and on Amazon for something to read after finishing 'The Kind Worth Killing' by Peter Swanson. I'll start by saying that although these books are different they still fall into the same category of Thriller/Mystery/Suspense. Swanson's book is the better of the two in my opinion.

The story in this one is very heavily character driven and is told all from Alice's point of view. Read the blurb to get the general outline to what is going on. Basically Alice's life was perfect until she discovers that her husband has not returned home and when he does he has quite a story to tell. The whole thing goes on from there exploring how they can get away relatively scot-free with their lives and relationship still intact.

This book is an easy read. I finished it in a bit more than 2 days and I'm not that fast of a reader. It's easy to read, though not as easy as some I've read and I think that is down to the author's writing style. One thing that stood out to me was that this author clearly loves art. Alice is a portrait artist and there was dozens of references to all kinds of arty things littered throughout this book, most of which went straight over my head. It added to the character of Alice and helped to show the difference between her more free flowing nature as opposed to her husband Ed's very stoic, science based background. I felt like it was laid on a bit thick at times though.

Throughout the book it seemed to have a lot of peaks and troughs. I would blast my way through one chapter hoping for the next to be more of the same only to be met by a much slower, frankly more boring chapter.
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I usually prefer non fiction to fiction, but was recommended this book...and was hooked from the first page. The author writes in a very engaging style that is fast paced, colourful and with a surprising and entertaining turn of phrase. He makes some acute observations on modern living and challenges many of thoughts and behaviours we all share. The plot is beautifully constructed, full of twists and turns and never lets up. Inspite of my frequent attempts to guess the next phase, I was frequently wrong footed ! As for the ending, I, like so many others, was dumbfounded and needed a period of reflection to absord it all. It has been a long time since I have read a book so fast and this has definitely opened my eyes to read more fiction. T A Cotterell is a superb author and clearly destined for great things. I can't wait until his next book. Highly recommended and pure 5 star from me !!
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Absolutely loved this book, beautifully written and suspense kept till the end with unexpected twists and turns whilst Alice is on her journey with what she knew. Poses many thought provoking questions about communication in relationships, deepens characters all through the book, exposes mankind in its oft felt, and oft mistaken, certainty of judgment. Thoroughly recommended, a real page turner.
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This book keeps you emersed. it's about how much people can take in a very bad situation. Bonds that finally snap and a final twist.
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Unbelievably gripping from beginning to end, beautifully written, well crafted plot, great characters and the art subtly woven in. That ending was perfect, it made me realise I had read a book that was deeper than the one I thought I had read. And I loved the detail of the visit to Alice's mum, I would be suprised to read a better book this year.
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A compelling read and quite unsettling as you try to sort out exactly what's going on and why things happen, let alone what people think.
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I didn't always like Alice but I suppose we don't get to know her really until the end of the book. Loved the writing style, descriptive, clear and concise.
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Very few novels could keep me reading until 3am, but this one did. Not only does the suspense last for page after page, but it is beautifully written. Nothing jars, the characters are very real and easy to identify with. When I realised that I was nearing the end I felt bereft and could have gone on reading for hours longer. I so hope there is a sequel to this novel, although it stands up in its own right .
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