I’m really pleased to be starting my week with this blog tour. Many thanks to Anne Cater and Doubleday for having me on this tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
Blurb: Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room?
Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?
Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.
There’s a fine line between loyalty and betrayal. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . .
My Review: Having worked in a role in which I felt as though people forgot I was there sometimes I was intrigued when I heard about this book. It’s a complex mix of control, invisibility and power and shows just how much people take others for granted.
How much can you really trust those around you?, and how much should you trust them? Do we really know people we work with day in, day out? These are all questions that are raised by this book and it shows how complacent people can become about those around them.
The world created in this book is entirely believable, as are the characters and their actions. The story is told as a flashback for much of it until it catches up the the present day. I spent most of it wondering how it would end, what would happen to the characters involved and the ending, while not what I expected, was not disappointing and fitted really well with the rest of the story.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author but have had Disclaimer on my to-read list for some time and am glad I haven’t read it yet as I know now the standard to expect when I do read it. This book is definitely worth a read, if only to challenge how you view people you meet everyday. It’ll make you question what you thought you knew.
About the author:
Renée Knight worked as a
documentary-maker for the BBC
before turning to writing. She is a
graduate of the Faber Academy
‘Writing a Novel’ course, and lives
in London with her husband and two
children. Her widely acclaimed
debut novel, Disclaimer, was
a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. The
Secretary is her second novel.