Rachel Ryder doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.
But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents… She can barely remember the woman she used to be, the one whose husband told her she was out of his league. The woman she is now just does the laundry and makes the dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.
She knows that she hated feeling invisible. She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again?
And now she’s worried that she did something terrible. Because she’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.
When no-one is watching, you can get away with anything…
Can You See Her? is an utterly compelling and unputdownable psychological thriller, about how far you can push a woman before she will break. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, A.J. Finn and The Silent Patient.
Well, what can I say about this book? Very much doubt my review could even come close to doing this complex but compelling story, the justice it deserves.
The story clicks between the main story and interviews that have been carried out in the police station. To start with, I was intrigued as to the why’s of everything that is going on. Rachel is a very complex character who I was desperate to know more about to try and better understand what was happening.
I had absolutely no clue where this story was heading. The more I read the more gripped I became as the story unfolds with some seriously twisted revelations. The more I got to know Rachel, the more empathy I had for her even though I found it frustrating that she couldn’t quite remember things. Mainly because I had to wait for the author to then reveal them and I’m not the most patient of people. Of course this had me racing through the pages for what I have to say is one ultimate reading climax!
Can You See Her? is one mess with your head read. It’s a story that will make you sit back and reflect on what a very clever story line it is. No idea where the author gets her ideas from but this is one stand out novel that deserves the highest of praise. Phenomenal read!
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Can You See Her? is available to purchase from Amazon.
After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen where she worked as a BBC Producer. In 2002, she moved to Rome with her husband and two young children. In 2007, after the birth of her third child, she returned to the UK and gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. Currently, she writes novels and teaches Creative Writing at Richmond Adult Community College.