Penguin Books 21st March 2019 (Previously published by Michael Joseph as Exhibit Alexandra in 2018).
She was his perfect wife, until she went missing.
Alexandra Southwood has vanished. Her husband, Marc is beside himself. It isn’t long before the police are searching for a body.
But Alexandra is alive – trapped, far away from her husband and young daughters.
Desperate, Marc will stop at nothing to find the woman he loves. Even if it means discovering he never really knew her at all.
Because Alexandra is no ordinary missing person – but then neither is she quite a perfect wife…
A gripping thriller that kept me guessing until its grand finale! With an original and engaging writing format, the story begins on the day Alexandra fails to return home. In a then and now format the reader is taken on a journey from the beginning of Marc and Alexandra’s relationship, while a parallel story belongs to Marc as he struggles with life with Alexandra absent and his uncovering of her secrets as he seeks to find her.
The reader knows that Alexandra is alive but the circumstances remain a mystery, although the author guides the reader, though Marc’s investigations desperate as he is to find her. The story is in fact told by Alexandra as she is made aware of the search for her, although it is not completely clear how much is ‘fact’ and how much is speculation by Alexandra but she comments on this at the start.
While reading the latter part of the book I felt it was a little long winded, however upon reading the final words I was blown away by the brilliance of this concept. The ending is terrific, as right up to the final page I had questions, but despite my doubts these were all answered. As mentioned previously the author steers the reader but the details were shocking. This is an intricate and clever novel that raises interesting questions about truth, art, morals and the pursuit of happiness. Having just finished it, it is a book I would like to read again, there is a level of detail here that could be missed in the first reading I suspect.
I can’t wait for others to read this book, it’s definitely one that needs discussing! Let me know please in the comments, if you have read or intend to read this one!
About the Author
Natasha Bell grew up in Somerset and studied English Literature and Theatre at the University of York and Mount Holyoke College, before moving to Chicago to take and MA in Humanities. Over-educated and entirely unemployable, she spent her twenties in York writing TV listings and working as a barista and a projectionist. She recently completed an MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths and now writes full-time form her home in south-east London.
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Thanks you to Sriya at Michael Joseph for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.