Book: Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan [goodreads | amazon]
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Format: eBook, free copy from NetGalley for review
Rating: 3 stars
Cover Rating: 3 stars
Just how far is a mother willing to go?
When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.
As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.
Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…
I’m giving it three stars because there’s nothing that is really awful about this cover. However, I just don’t like it. The colors are nice, I like the deeper tones, and it would make me at least stop and read the title. I just…don’t like it.
I was introduced to Claire Allan last year with her debut thriller book, Her Name Was Rose. Even though I decided to no longer ask for Netgalley books until I was finally caught up on my backlog, when I saw the email for her most recent thriller, Apple of my Eye, I knew I needed to read it. I requested it, got it, then…February and March happened, so I wasn’t able to get in the correct mindset to dive right in. So while the book has been out for a couple of months now, I am still happy to give you my thoughts on it.
What I liked so much about Her Name Was Rose was Allan’s ability to take a good thriller storyline but not write it like a generic thriller. Allan’s other pieces of work tend to be more chick lit-like, a genre I don’t jive with. I think her work in that genre, though, has given her the ability to take a different spin on the thriller genre. I would not say her books are chick lit-meets-thriller, but there’s just a slightly different…feel to her version of a thriller novel.
Apple of My Eye sucked me in almost immediately. I was intrigued by these characters, wanted to know what was happening, wanted to know more about them. Having finished the book, however, I can say that I felt nothing for these characters. This book, for me, was purely plot-driven: I loved the storyline and was excited to see what developed. The characters never felt completely fleshed out, though I 100% say that was me not connecting to them for some reason or another, because I can think even know of many examples for Allan attempting to give these characters a breath of life.
Like Her Name Was Rose, this book is told from multiple perspectives. Allan does a great job with this and is able to switch perspectives in a way that isn’t jarring but that gives you a cliffhanger, gotta keep reading to see what’s going on feeling. The plot goes at a good pace, doesn’t feel rushed in any parts. The story progression makes sense, isn’t completely out of the left field. I wasn’t trying to figure it out but around the 50% mark, it really popped out at me what was happening and I had a good guess at the ending. Finishing the book and realizing I was mostly right did not take one bit of my enjoyment away. I don’t feel like guessing the ending meant the book was predictable in this instance. There were only so many possible ways it could have gone and the ending been so completely out of nowhere, it would have left me as a reader more frustrated and honestly let down.
I give it three stars. It’s not great. I definitely preferred Her Name Was Rose to this one, though I don’t really want to compare them. I think this one is a good read and definitely worth the time put into it. Claire Allan has become a Must Buy author for me and I look forward to her next book, Forget Me Not, coming out next month.
This eBook was given to me for free for review purposes. All thoughts are my own. Thank you to NetGalley and Claire Allan for the chance to read and review this book.