Pounding on the door. My seven-year-old son shaking me awake. My head fuzzy with sleeping pills. The hallway flashing with blue light. This morning my life will change forever.
Alex Kendrew is juggling single parenthood, work and dating; with a wild, impetuous streak that’s hard to keep in check, she struggles to find a balance and feels perpetually guilty for the choices she makes.
In K.A. Masson’s domestic noir thriller, Alex begins a passionate affair when an old flame gets in touch. But one morning, the police arrest her for his attempted murder. Someone is framing her; can she prove her innocence as the evidence mounts against her?
Buy Alter Ego today and start reading this fascinating portrayal of a woman caught between her desires and responsibilities.
A big thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour, I love a psychological thriller and I love the story behind it of K A Masson embarking on the ‘Novel in a Week’ expedition and ending up with a publishing contract and a real life copy of her own book. I curled up on the sofa with it last weekend and couldn’t get up again til I’d finished…It has everything that I love in a pageturner: interesting and flawed characters, a plot that zips along at a cracking pace and carries me along with it and it also namechecks some great tunes that have had me adding to my own Spotify playlist as I’ve been reading!
Alter Ego introduces us to Alex. A single mum who is trying to navigate the world of online dating in this compelling and gripping read. It’s as if K A Masson has reached into the head of every person dating online and explored their very worse fears – in living technicolour. Alex and Mal have reconciled after a bit of a rocky beginning and seem to be doing well, right up until the point that Alex is arrested for his murder after being indentified as the last person admitted into his flat – the police invrstigation reaches back into her dating life to look for clues and that’s when everything begins to slowly unravel… I was literally on the edge of my seat at times and it’s definitely not the book to pick if you are needing an early night as you’ll be loath to turn out the lights for sure you’ll be so caught up in the twists ans turns of this cleverly contrsructed and original read.
I loved the way that KA Masson switches up the tension in this book as we start to think about the situation that Alex finds herself in. This truly is a situation where you are in between the devil and the deep blue sea and there is no right way to turn. This is deftly handled and the fact that Alex is a flawed character herself makes this book seem all the more credible and her friends’ concerns about some of her lifestyle choices does not diminish the fact that nobody deserves this kind of treatment, regardless of their own actions. This book feels really modern and you’ll be drawn in by how an ordinary life can be caught up in something extremely dark and disturbing on the flip of a coin. This book has you immersed in Alex’s situation from the get-go and it’s hard to believe this is her very first book as she plays you so skilfullyfrom the very first chapter. I hadn’t read a domestic noir for a while, as I’d started to find them rather same-y – but this book felt different from the start and I very much enjoyed Alex’s tale and loved the fact that I definitely didn’t guess the ending…
This is definitely a tension-filled read for fans of domestic noir with a twist.The writing is skilful and fast paced and you will be up late trying to guess how this is going to work out and what Alex will do to try and resolve the situation she now finds herself in. It reminds us that sometimes our friends’ worries can be legitimate and perhaps we should heed them a bit more when they are trying to advise us – but at the same time we can all connect with Alex as we have all been in the situation, especially regarding dating, where no matter what our friends say, we always know best and we disregard their worries because ‘we know best’
The cleverly maintained pace and characters that you can really connect with means that you’ll race through Alter Ego at a breakneck pace. I hate spoilers, so all I’ll say is that you won’t be disappointed. This is sure to please people who absolutely love a domestic noir and hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did. Buy yourself a copy here and brace yourself – you are plunged straight into the tale and you’ll barely want to come up for air once you’ve begun.
Buy yourself a copy and look at what these other fab bloggers have to say about this tense and gripping read – all I’m going to say is that if you have got anything planned for the next few days, defer it as once you’ve begun you won’t want to stop.
Writer On The Shelf
K.A. Masson is a graphic designer who lives in London with her teenage son. Alter Ego is her first novel, jump-started by a chance encounter with a Faber Academy “Start Your Novel In A Week” course. She is fascinated by books with a psychological element and the lengths people will go to when pushed by anger, fear, jealousy, and hate, and is currently working on her second thriller.