Hadley thought she’d left the past behind. But now it’s found her.
Hadley is one of those rare people who feels she’s living the perfect life. She has a husband she loves, a charming daughter, and a job that is deeply fulfilling. Sometimes it almost seems like a fairytale.
Then, little by little, things start to go wrong. There’s the creepy guy from down the street who keeps staring at her teenage daughter, there’s the strangely needy woman who moves in next door…
Just little wrinkles, but then Hadley’s world is turned upside down when someone close to her is murdered. And Hadley begins to suspect that the killing is linked to something from her own past. A terrible secret she has never shared with anyone…
As she digs deeper, Hadley realises there is someone out there who knows what she did, someone who is planning to take her perfect life – and turn it into a perfect nightmare.
Only You – the stunning psychological thriller from the author of The Other Couple and The Guest.
When Emma let me know about the #OnlyYou Blog Tour, I bit her hand off. I absolutely love Cathryn Grant’s writing and couldn’t wait to see what she was going to do next. I actually read it in full the day I received it, my anticipation had really reached fever pitch and I couldn’t wait any longer. Let me just tell you that Only You did not disappoint.
The cover hints at the tale which is about to unfold – although if you are a fan of Cathryn’s writing, you’ll discover that the good luck charms might be a bit misleading once the story gets under way and Hadley’s luck begins to run out…
I love a book where everything is not quite as it seems and I’d have to say that once I was three chapters into this psychological thriller I was absolutely invested and could not stop reading. It is rare to be able to dedicate a whole day to reading at this time of the year if you are a teacher – never mind in the middle of a COVID return to school. But this book had me hooked and I just could not stop until I’d found out everything I needed to know and discovered if my suspicions would be confirmed. I really want to chat with someone else who’s read it now as I am keen to see if their thoughts aligned with mine as the story unfolded. It is an absolute belter of a read and I promise you that you won’t be able to stop thinking about Hadley’s tale and the way things begin to unravel.
The thriller’s enduring popularity really means that writers have to think outside the box if they want their readers to be genuinely captivated by the twists and turns of their latest read and I am happy to report that Cathryn Grant manages this with skill and originality. I am also determined to ensure that there are no spoilers as this ending really is worth the wait. I am a literal true crime addict and this felt like getting a fix of something absolutely real. It is one of those novels that you finish and feel like googling as you are so convinced that the events actually happened. I absolutely loved it and think that it would make another superb movie adaptation. I’m surreptitiously casting it in my mind’s eye right now…
I absolutely love a novel where we get the past blurring with the present and Hadley’s past begins to emerge in such a way as you soon become aware that there’s more to this unfolding narrative than meets the eye, but several wonderfully contrasting characters that play with your mind and weave in and out of your sense of direction until you really are left wondering who on earth to trust. The way that the clues are cleverly scattered in such a way as to misdirect and beguile you by Cathryn made for compelling reading that never let you relax for one moment – something else that sets her aside from other more run of the mill writers. The characters are not mere devices to advance the plot but really are people we ‘meet’ in its telling. The story that is uncovered is all the more affecting as we care about the people it’s happening to and Hadley’s situation and everything that unfolds is much more effective because we actually feel that we’ve got to know her as a real person.
As i said, I read this in a single day, being utterly loath to drag myself away from the twists and turns of this situation that we are drawn into. I love books that are even better than the one you’ve been anticipating and I have to say that this novel was definitely her best yet. This book is the narrative equivalent of a kaleisoscope – you know that there’s more going on below the surface and try as you might to decipher exactly why it is, things keep shifting before your very eyes and the final picture eludes you right to the very end. And perhaps even afterwards…
I think it’s difficult to make a thriller genuinely original without seeming to try too hard or feel contrived – but Only You manages the perfect balance of a twisty thriller and a realistic portrayal of characters that you actually feel like you are meeting on the page. A great read that will keep you up too late and genuinely keep you on the edge of your seat and a twist you won’t forget in a hurry…
Writer On The Shelf
Cathryn Grant writes psychological thrillers, psychological suspense, and ghost stories. She’s the author of twenty-three novels.
She’s loved crime fiction all her life and is endlessly fascinated by the twists and turns, and the dark corners of the human mind.
When she’s not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and tries to play golf without hitting her ball into the sand or the water. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats.
Cathryn is the author of The Assistant, The Good Mother and many other psychological thrillers. Only You will be her sixth novel published with Inkubator Books.
Published by Inkubator Books on 2nd May 2021
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