Corvus Books 2nd May (Paperback)
‘If You’re Reading This, I’m Dead’
Rejected by her family and plagued by insomnia, Rose Shaw is on the brink. But one dark evening she collides with a man running through the streets, who quickly vanishes. The only sign he ever existed – a journal dropped at Rose’s feet.
She begins to obsessively dedicate her sleepless nights to discovering what happened to Finn Matthews, the mysterious author of the journal. Why was he convinced someone wanted to kill him? And why, in the midst of a string of murders, won’t the police investigate his disappearance?
Rose is determined to uncover the truth. But she has no idea what it will cost her…
Special thanks to Jack Jordan for inviting me to be part of his Instagram Tour celebrating the publication of this book and for providing me with a copy of the book. I had previously read and enjoyed Before Her Eyes so was delighted to be involved with this book.
Fast paced from the outset, this book was a rollercoaster of a read with many surprises along the way. Rose is struggling, still traumatised from a horrific event some years prior she is ostracized by her family and surviving in a fraught existence. Exhausted by long term insomnia she is lonely and lacking purpose. The journal find awakens something in her and she is determined to solve the story contained in the journal; commencing with the words,
‘My name is Finn Matthews and if you’re reading this, I’m dead’
Talk about a stunning opening line, a hook and how could Rose not be drawn in, meeting resistance from the local police, she turns sleuth but it becomes clear there are some who would prefer this mystery left unsolved.
What follows is a fast thriller with lots packed into its 400 pages. Tackling some sensitive but very relevant issues this book not only entertains but provokes thought. Themes include mental illness, stalking, hate crime and institutional homophobia and at times the actions of the police were both shocking and unbelievable. Clair @alwaysneedsmorebooks obtained a Guardian newspaper article from the author which details more about the reality of institutional homophobia and the police and is well worth a read and is pretty short.
This was a very decent read, the plot was strong and while I thought some of Rose’s actions were a little far fetched and at times her dire situation was over emphasised, the book was entertaining throughout. I was pleased with myself for having identified the killer midway through, but I was in no way certain and many of the details were a surprise to me.
As I said this book left me thinking and this is a massive positive. Stalking we know is a major issue in terms of police intervention and prosecution and this book highlights incredibly well the position of gay men and the obstacles they may frequently face when reporting crimes and seeking support. Enlightening and a sad reality.
Will you be reading this book? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks as always for visiting my blog and thanks again to Jack Jones for the copy of his great book.