I Did It For Us By Alison Bruce

Alison's new stand alone thriller. 

  "From the first time I saw them together I knew it felt wrong. I didn't like the way he touched her or the self-conscious way he played with Molly and Luke. Joanne saw none of it of course. So I did it to prove to her that she was wrong. I did it for us."   Emily's instincts tell her that best friend Joanne's new boyfriend is bad news. Emily fears for Joanne. Fears for Joanne's children. But Joanne won't listen because she's in love. So Emily watches, and waits . . . and then she makes a choice.  But Emily has a past, and secrets too. And is she really as good a friend to Joanne as she claims?

"From the first time I saw them together I knew it felt wrong. I didn't like the way he touched her or the self-conscious way he played with Molly and Luke. Joanne saw none of it of course. So I did it to prove to her that she was wrong. I did it for us."

Emily's instincts tell her that best friend Joanne's new boyfriend is bad news. Emily fears for Joanne. Fears for Joanne's children. But Joanne won't listen because she's in love. So Emily watches, and waits . . . and then she makes a choice.

But Emily has a past, and secrets too. And is she really as good a friend to Joanne as she claims?

I was lucky enough to attend an event at Heffers Cambridge, where Alison's new book was on pre sale! 

Having followed Alison through the journey of the Goodhew series I was really excited to see how she would tackle a stand alone. 

The story is set in and around Cambridge and we get glimpses from a variety of different angles, how sinister places feel and how quickly you can be out on in the countryside, feeling abandoned, whether by design or choice. 

We are taken on a journey through Emily's eyes, she has been estranged from family and friends and making a new chapter of her life. 

Not all is as it seems and I loved that i wasn't quite sure what role she was playing - victim, liar, survivor, someone on the edge, or all of the above. 

I did it for us has a creepy, single white female theme to it and the relationships between the characters was all slightly off kilter. Making this a psychological thriller of an unreliable nature and you are trying to second guess agendas. 

Alison's books have an edge of darkness that are not predictable and this shows her talents in a new light, and I thoroughly enjoy this side of the author's work. 

This is an engrossing read that keeps you on your toes and is slightly voyeuristic and uncomfortable. 

Whether a new series, or a stand alone is on the horizon I shall be looking forward to what is next.