Literary agent Viola Matthews is sure she’s met Katherine Baxter before. So when her husband and bestselling novelist Samuel Morton introduces Viola to the quiet, unassuming woman he has offered to mentor, she knows their paths have crossed before. The question is where?
As their worlds collide and the bond between Samuel and Katherine deepens, Viola realises she must take control. If Viola is right, then Katherine needs to pay for something that happened twelve years ago.
Katherine is a realistic character, yet fulfils the role of unreliable protagonist associated with psychological thrillers. ‘The Pupil’ focuses on Katherine’s ambition to be a successful writer, she is in a controlling marriage and becoming a writer is her way of achieving independence and rising from the problems of the past.
There is suspense, but this is more of a family drama than a psychological thriller. The threat Katherine percieves appears to be visible only to her, which makes you question her mental state but it’s her husband’s treatment of her that is sinister and the real threat to her mental stability.
There are elements of dramatic irony in this, as the thinly disguised significant plot twist means the reader knows who Katherine’s enemy is, but she is oblivious until the final chapters.
A suspenseful read and an excellent family drama but not the twisty, psychological thriller I expected.
I received a copy of this book from Aria Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Dawn’s career has spanned PR, advertising and publishing. Now, she loves to write about the personalities hiding behind the masks, whether beautiful or ugly. Married, she lives in London with her two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.