Hello! I’m back with another review today 🙂 This time, it’s for Apple of my Eye, the second thriller by Claire Allan. You may remember me reviewing Her Name Was Rose last year – well I was delighted when Avon Books sent me Allan’s next book to review!
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…
It’s a little while since I read a thriller and I was in the mood for one – this one did the trick! It was fast-paced and very entertaining.
I enjoyed the split perspectives, alternating between main character Eli and stalker Louise. I don’t know if it was the author’s intention but I found Louise to be the more interesting character of the two! I thought her motivations were explored really well.
I’m not sure that the introduction of a third point of view was the wisest decision on the author’s part; I felt that it allowed me to guess one of the twists too quickly. However, I still ended up being surprised by another element of the plot so it wasn’t all bad!
I enjoy the fact that Allan sets her books in Northern Ireland. The references to Belfast in this one particularly were delightful, as I recognised so many places!
I want to give a quick mention to the way the author portrayed Eli’s anxiety. I thought that her panic attacks read very realistically and I appreciated the way her mother responded by offering reassurance and proper support, not just telling her to ‘calm down’.
Overall, this was a strong thriller if slightly predictable in parts. I’d recommend it to those of you looking for a quick and entertaining read!
Do you guys like thrillers? Let me know some of your favourites in the comments! x