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By Natasha Bell
Blurb: Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood lived an average, happy life: devoted to her wonderful husband, Marc, and caring for her two beautiful daughters. But now, held in a room against her will, Alexandra is forced to think about all she’s lost, and imagine how Marc and her daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She’s shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts. She tortures herself with visions of her family’s devastated new reality. And as she envisions Marc’s distress, she can’t help but remember their courtship, their marriage–all that he saved her from and all that they’ve built together.
Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but her. Even when the police discover Alexandra’s bloody belongings by the river, turning their missing-persons case into a murder investigation, he cannot accept that she is lost to him. He shifts from total despair to frantic action, embarking on his own journey through the dark maze of secrets she kept and passions he never understood. Following a trail that leads him to find answers to questions he never meant to ask, he’s forced to confront how frighteningly little he’s grasped about the woman he loves.
EXHIBIT ALEXANDRA is a shocking psychological portrait, an original and unrelenting thriller that ultimately proves how unknowable even those closest to us can be.
What I thought: Exhibit Alexandra really pushed my limits of acceptance and understanding. It was captivating and very well written. I haven’t read anything quite like this before. It kept me on my toes, kept me wanting to know what happens next. A real page-turner with a killer twist.
I did have my suspicions about the ending and I actually got some of them right. Didn’t stop me from sobbing during the final chapters though, as I was reading this on the plane on my way home. Having to assure other passengers around me that I was fine and it was just a really good book sure made it even more memorable.
Genres: Mystery, fiction, thriller
My thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher Penguin UK for giving me this book to read in exchange for an honest review.
The author of this book has compared her main character with Marmite – you either love her or hate her. And I think it’s pretty spot on. It will definitely divide readers, but I reckon it’s only good. Creating something that creates discussions and debates in turn is brilliant. I’m not likely to forget this book any time soon.
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