It is a truly terrifying premise for a book. After a stroke a woman lies in a hospital bed being kept alive by tubes and machines. The doctors and nurses all cluster round her bed talking as though she isn’t there, talking about switching her life support off. Trapped in a body that refuses to respond she is unable to communicate with them, unable to tell them her true story. She is still in there and everything is slowly going back to her. They need to know what she remembers about the abduction of five year old Evie, about the guilt that she feels for not looking after her properly.
The book switches between the present time in the hospital bed and three years previously when Toni and Evie relocated to Nottingham. After the death of her husband Andrew, in Afghanistan, Toni struggled to cope with her previous life. Unable to work because of the grief she began to crumble under the burden of debts and sadness. Making the decision to relocate nearer to her mother meant there would be more help, more support. Maybe then Toni could stop taking the strong sedatives that had been prescribed for her husband. The pills that took away the pain but also left her lethargic and fuzzy. The earlier chapters alternate between several characters including Toni, Evie and the strange teaching assistant Harriet Watson.
Like K L Slater’s first book (Safe With Me) this is a book that you won’t be able to put down. Blink is one of those books that will keep you guessing right up till the last page with a couple of killer twists that I really didn’t see coming at all.
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UK Publication date: Feb 16 2017/ 287 pages.