When Catherine Ravenscroft finds a book on her bedside table while she is in the process of moving house, she is intrigued to read it. However, as she begins to read, she realises it is actually a book written about her, and it reveals secrets about her that she thought nobody else knew; secrets that could tear apart her whole family.
The premise of Disclaimer is very different to that of literature which I have read previously, particularly in terms of the concept of "a book within a book", and this idea is one that attracted my interest in this novel, and drew me to read it. I was surprised that rather than merely allude to The Perfect Stranger, Knight includes extracts of the fictional novel in Disclaimer. I was impressed by the way in which Knight moved between two different styles of writing to make the "book within the book" distinctly separate from the actual novel.
Many of my reviews proclaim my enthusiasm for a novel with a twist, and Disclaimer has plenty of them, some of which I was able to predict and some of which I was not. The twists in this novel create tension, which alongside the vivid descriptions Knight uses, allows the reader to become immersed in the story, and rendered me unable to put the book down, especially towards the end.
Disclaimer is written in chapters narrated alternately by Catherine Ravenscroft and Stephen Brigstocke. Although in places, this contributed to the atmospheric feel of the novel, it took me some time to become familiar with this structure and work out how the two characters were connected. In addition, the novel also switches between 1993 and 2013, and the frequency with which it did so sometimes caused confusion, and I occasionally had to read back to clarify who was narrating and the time at which the chapter was set. I felt the extra complications were unnecessary in a novel where the plot is already fairly sophisticated.
Overall, I enjoyed Disclaimer, and as a debut novelist, Knight makes her presence felt in the literary industry very strongly. The novel gives the reader a lot to think about once they have finished, and provides something different to the average thriller.
Disclaimer is available from Amazon.