Book Title: All In Her Head
Author: Nikki Smith
Genre: Psychological Thriller
“Alison is more alone than she’s ever been. She is convinced that her ex-husband Jack is following her. She is certain she recognises the strange woman who keeps approaching her at work.
She knows she has a good reason to be afraid. But she can’t remember why.
Then the mention of one name brings a whole lifetime of memories rushing back in.
Alison feels like she’s losing her mind . . . but it could just lead her to the truth.”
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew that I had to read it. It sounded like everything that I would look for in a psychological thriller, gripping, twisty and emotionally charged, and I have to say, I was not wrong about my first impressions!
I can’t say too much as I will give the plot away, but when we first meet Alison, it is quite clear that something is troubling her. She is alone, she spends her days working in the library, eats her lunch in the canteen and then goes home to her immaculate flat in the evening. This all sounds like a simple life, but Alison is deeply troubled by thoughts and memories of her husband, she is sure that there is something going on and that he is following and playing mind games with her. As the story goes on, we find out the heartbreaking truth and as the story unraveled, so did my emotions!!!
The writing style was phenomenal, I swear that my heart was beating so fast throughout the entirety of part one! The story flowed incredibly well, the plot was brilliant and the twists were unexpected, impactful and at times heartbreaking.
I loved the dynamic, with alternating paragraphs being everything from Alison’s point of view and then from Jack’s perspective. I also found that there were just the right amount of characters, with just the right amount of back story. Too often I find that there are either too many character or not enough!
This book did cover some very difficult to talk about topics, such as postpartum psychosis. So if you are sensitive to that topic, I would be mindful of this when picking this up to read.
All in all I have to say this was an absolutely brilliant, fast paced, gripping and twisty debut! I would wholeheartedly recommend that you pick this one up!
Thank you so much to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours, Orion Books and Nikki Smith for sending me an advanced readers copy of All In Her Head, in exchange for an honest review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nikki Smith’s about me, taken directly from https://nikkismithauthor.com/about-nikki/
“I’d wanted to write a novel for many years, (I actually wrote one when I was much younger but it was pretty dreadful!) and despite getting an English degree I ended up working in finance which doesn’t leave a lot of room for creativity.
Years went by, I got married to my husband and had two daughters – then one day someone I’d been at school with, and hadn’t seen since I left, contacted me via Facebook. She asked if I’d ever done anything with my writing as she still remembered the stories I’d written at school.
It was one of those ‘now or never’ moments which prompted me to take that first step. I signed up to an online creative writing course with Curtis Brown, bought as a birthday present for me by my husband. I loved it so much I applied for one of their longer 3 month courses, which I was accepted onto and where I wrote the first (very, very rough!) draft of my novel, but still didn’t really have any idea if it could end up being any good.
I then spotted a competition that the author Amanda Reynolds was running on twitter – I sent her the first three chapters of my book and she agreed to mentor me. I was absolutely thrilled. Amanda helped me edit my first three chapters before I submitted them to agents.
I was incredibly fortunate to be offered representation by Sophie Lambert at C+W and together we worked on the manuscript for a few months before she submitted it to publishers. Ten days later I accepted a pre-empt offer from Orion for a two-book deal.
I live near Guildford with my family and a Burmese cat called Saffi who thinks she’s a dog.”
Credit – https://nikkismithauthor.com/
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