Book Review: You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson

January 13, 2017 Audio Review, Book review 6 ★★★★

Dear Ms Dawson,

I just finished You Sent Me a Letter, and my head is whirling. I want to cry but, but, BUT, and gnash my teeth in frustration. However, I also want to shake your hand, and congratulate you on an ending that shook me!

Yours sincerely,

A shook book blogger

Book Review: You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy DawsonYou Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson
Published by Atlantic Books on March 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Psychological, Suspense
Pages: 263
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

At 2 a.m. on the morning of her 40th birthday, Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom, and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of her bed. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened at her forthcoming party, in front of gathered family and friends, at exactly 8 p.m. Any failure to comply will not end well.

Sophie can only think of one person who hates her enough to have hired a professional to menace her like this: her fiancé's ex-wife. But what can the letter possibly contain? And why must it be read in front of everyone she loves best? This will be no ordinary 40th party. Sophie is not the only person holding a secret about the evening ahead. When the clock strikes eight, the course of several people's lives will be altered forever.

addictive CRIME Page-Turner suspense


My thoughts on You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson

This book starts off with an intriguing concept. The night before Sophie’s 40th birthday, a strange man breaks into her house, hands her a letter and tells her to open it at her party. He also threatens various members of her family and menacingly warns that he will be watching.

So that’s not the best way to spend the last night of your 30ths! From then on, it was a rollercoaster ride to the shocking reveal of letters content. Along the way, I suspected everyone. Sophie’s life is complicated, and I loved speculating just who is out for revenge.

I listened on audiobook and it is a lot shorter than most audiobooks. Which felt great as the pace flew along, and I never got frustrated by unnecessary detail. Instead I was listening every chance I got, and feeling more and more unsettled with every revelation.

I didn’t find that it was overly complicated, and I definitely guessed the culprit. But the reasons behind the letter are complex, the characters are interesting and the pace is fast. So overall I thought it was a very satisfying read. And that troubling ending elevated it even higher for me.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read You Sent Me a Letter by Lucy Dawson?

I’d recommend this to you if you like quick-paced domestic noir type thrillers, and twisty endings. Fans of Gone Girl, Unravelling Oliver and The Girl on the Train should also enjoy this one.



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