What Alice Knew

by TA Cotterell

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LoveReading View on What Alice Knew

May 2017 Debut of the Month.

What Alice Knew is enough to devastate anyone. Admittedly I would not always have acted as she did but OMG she had some tough choices to make after a dreadful set of circumstances befell her. Poor woman. Much soul-searching and agony ensues. She, Alice, is a portrait painter and we are given an astute insight into the mind of such an artist and her interpretation of the modern art world. He, Ed her husband, is a highly respected obstetrician with a protégé who has a party after his exams and that is where our problem arises. I loved this book, really found it impossible to draw away from, once finished it haunted me for days. Compulsive, informative and very thought-provoking. I admire Mr Cotterell’s ability to portray a woman until the very end when I think he went a tad too far but it makes for a great ending. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Sarah Broadhurst

What Alice Knew Synopsis

Intriguing and layered ...an impressive debut. (Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door). It made me look at marriage in a different light. (Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife). How far would you go to keep a secret? Alice has a perfect life - a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don't quite add up. Alice needs to know what's going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth? Sometimes it's better not to know.

What Alice Knew Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Lucy Copes - 'Fantastic book! A rollercoaster of emotion as if you were really with Alice the whole way, going through her crazy life. A definite page-turner which will keep you hooked even once you've read it.'
  • Ruth Carson-Byrne - 'A real page-turner, this book is difficult to put down and gets right into the heart of a couple's relationship and dissects it with precision.'
  • Anne-Marie Mendieta - 'A complete page-turner, I was engrossed and gripped from the very first page!'
  • Natasha Potter - 'Think this book is going to be stuck in my head for a while. Definitely one I can't wait for my friends to read so I can talk about it. 5 stars.'
  • Diane Hinchley - 'With twists and turns throughout you'll be captivated until the last page. Highly recommended.'
  • Carneika Washbrook - 'Is this a thriller? A mystery? Who cares! I couldn't put this book down until it was finished, and by the end - wow!'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'At times a plodding murder cover up, but to get to the end will serve to justify the remarkably slow build up as it leads to one amazing crescendo at almost the final page.'
  • Alison Burns - 'I rattled through it and enjoyed the author's writing style, all the while imagining what the final twists and turns the plot would take...I will look out for this author in future.'
  • Victoria Whish - 'What would you do if you knew what Alice knew? A clever, psychological thriller about a night out that has far reaching implications for a marriage and family.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'All in all it is a terrific story with an ending open to interpretation that will have you thinking of the story again and again.'
  • Helen Treadwell - 'Alice has it all until one night her husband Ed doesn’t come home.  The repercussions of that night tear their lives apart and it’s fascinating to see how this changes their relationship...I found this novel gripping and a real page-turner.'
  • Judi Davies - 'Thrilling read. Interesting plot. Kept me guessing until the end.'
  • Clare Wilkins - 'A good well-paced thriller, clearly and concisely written and with a shocking twist at the end.'
  • Jane Brown - 'The title says it all, someone who appears to have it all but one phone call and a disappearance- this is a book you cannot put down...What a debut novel and a great author- cannot wait for her next novel.'

What Alice Knew Press Reviews

'An intriguing and layered psychological thriller, What Alice Knew will hold you fast till its startling conclusion-and then you'll want to talk about it to anyone who will listen. An impressive debut.' Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

'Intriguing and compelling - it made me look at marriage in a different light ...' Jane Corry, Author of 'My Husband's Wife

'The suspense [is] beautifully sustained ... the writing is finely crafted. Joanne Harris An utterly gripping brilliant plot and beautiful prose' Gillian McAllister, author of 'Everything but the Truth

'If you love crime thrillers that look at relationships (see The Widow by Fiona Barton or My Husband's Son by Deborah O'Connor), this is definitely one for you. The novel subverts the usual 'whodunnit' angle of mystery novels and instead looks at what happens after you know who 'did it', and what you would do. Would you reveal their secret, or protect them at any cost?' Hello!

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781784162399
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781473542488
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Publisher: Transworld Digital an imprint of Random House (Digital)
Format: Electronic book text

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784162399
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: TA Cotterell
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About TA Cotterell

T. A. Cotterell read History of Art at Cambridge University. He worked in the City before resigning to become a freelance writer. He is now a writer and editor at the research house Redburn. He is married with three children and lives in Bristol. Author photo © Mark Bolton

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