My thanks, as always, go to Jenny Platt and Hodder for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and for supplying me with an ARC.
Seven patients. One dark secret.
PHILLIP WALTON HAS BEEN MURDERED.
AND THIS IS NOT THE FIRST MURDER.
Jenny Nilson hasn’t seen her former psychiatrist Phillip since she left the Hillside Psychiatric Unit eight years ago. She wanted to forget everything about her time there, so she kept her secrets buried deep. Especially from her new husband.
But now the police are knocking at her door with evidence of her involvement in Phillip’s death. It seems as though everything she’s kept hidden is about to spill out.
Jenny desperately needs to speak to old friends, and old enemies, from those dark years. Because they are the only ones who know what really happened at Hillside, and about the dark secret that Phillip kept for them all – that this is not the first death.
THIS IS NOT THE FIRST MURDER.
What does TWG think?
The cover of this book had me by the youknowwhats straight away, and as for the tagline ‘seven patients one dark secret’, i was going to rewind time and throw a wobbly if I couldn’t read it quick enough! Safe to say that first impressions were through the roof.
As for the storyline itself – was it a bit flawed and a bit cracked? (see what I did there?) Yes, it was, however it was also overrun with so much promise and potential, that the cracks didn’t seem as crater like as I had once thought.
‘Cracked’ is psychological based through and through, covering topics such as eating disorders, self harm, murder, psychotic episodes, and other forms of mental health. Its not a light read, that’s for sure! As someone who went through an eating disorder from the age of 5 and 25 years later still suffering with the psychological after effects and momentary relapses, I resonated with the character and their train of thought. Same as depression. Okay, some of the discussions may be triggers for people and that is perfectly understandable. Yet on the other hand, some of those discussions may also end up being a catalyst for others.
I couldnt fault the tension throughout the novel at all. Louise McCreesh had worked wonders on layering the suspense from the very beginning – probably why I ended up reading the book in one sitting! McCreesh did an outstanding job of building the suspense, keeping her readers guessing, and maintaining the shock value without divulging too much too soon.
For me, the downside to this novel was the ending. I felt that the body of the book created the questions, building momentum with the thrill and what not, making me feel as though something major was about to happen……only to then reach its conclusion as though the other person finished first without helping you out…if you catch my drift. A bit of an anti climax. I felt like the ending didn’t live up to the picture the author had portrayed in the previous chapters which, given the intensity of said chapters and how much work had gone into them, it was as though the author had done herself a disservice which was a shame.
I’m only saying the above because I was so hooked, and so caught up in the characters webs, I needed that iron clad ending.
Aside from that, like I’ve said, I was drawn to the storyline from the get go! Louise McCreesh has definitely set the ball rolling with her debut novel, and I have no doubt in my mind that it will also get people talking about the topics mentioned throughout.
A very, very promising start. Suspense, tension, and intrigue – three things that made ‘Cracked’ what it was. Definitely a page turner!