I’ve tried to tell this story once or twice before, but even my closest friends don’t believe it. Their sidelong glances of scepticism grind away at me and I’ve always lost heart before reaching the end. So I’m publishing it as a book, perhaps my last, and my readers can make of it what they will. This is my son’s story. I have no doubt it will be sold as fiction, but rest assured every word that follows is true.

Preface, Page 7

In a nutshell

David Asha wants to tell you a story that no one believes. It’s about his son Elliot, his trusted friend Ben & retired detective Harriet Kealty. Elliot is broken by loss, Ben might be a murderer and Harriet is investigating mysterious deaths and a man who might be the love of her life.

Book Club Notes

The intro of this book is so good that it makes you think the story that follows is actually real. It is so suspenseful and mysterious that you can’t wait to get stuck into it.

Once the book gets started, the narrator moves from David to Harriet, and this is the only downside of the book – I didn’t enjoy her voice. I found her to be an irritating character, and in parts wanted to rush through to get to the good stuff. Nevertheless it didn’t detract from the storyline, which really is brilliant. I loved that it ended narrated by David – his voice is so much more powerful and is written with a profound quality.

The plot is excellent, surprising and satisfying, ending in a way that sees all the pieces come together perfectly. Once my mind stopped reeling from a twist it didn’t see coming and I reflected on the story, I wandered if there was a little bit of stupidity in the brilliance – it’s the kind of question that makes you want to get everyone you know reading it so you can discuss!

Read If

You love a suspenseful novel with twists you won’t see coming.


Storyline – 10/10
Writing – 6/10
Character Development – 7/10
Plot Twist – 10/10
Shareability – 10/10
8.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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