disclaimer book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Catherine Ravencroft hasn’t been able to sleep since she found a mysterious novel on her nightstand and saw what the pages inside revealed about her. How did this book get here and who knows so much about the secrets she thought to be permanently hidden in the past?

The novel claims that any similarities to real persons and events are coincidental, but the things written inside are clearly about Catherine and there’s only one person who could possibly know any of this. Unfortunately, the mystery expands when that one potential person turns out to have been dead for several years.

Catherine hopes that she owns the sole copy of this horrid novel, keeping her secrets safe, but those hopes are soon dashed when it turns out her son owns a copy as well. The situation gets even stickier when her husband is gifted a copy.

The past is catching up and Catherine’s world is falling apart, spinning completely out of control. Can she confront what happened that day? Will the truth set her free or destroy her in its entirety?

There’s a fine balance of being obnoxiously slow and being mysteriously vague and Renee Knight has perfected this technique. While I tried to figure out the mysterious past secret of Catherine Ravencroft, I got sucked in and couldn’t put the book down until I found out exactly what the stranger knew about this woman. What kind of secret could she have harbored for two decades? And was it so bad that it would tear the entire family apart once revealed? Not only that but once I thought I had this character figured out and sympathized for the people around her, more was revealed to me and definitely made me start thinking about my own mindset and how I would have handled myself in that situation. I really got into the characters’ heads and loved every moment of this ride.

And Catherine wasn’t the only character that was impressively fleshed out. The only thing I wished, at least in the beginning, was to know more about a couple of the other secondary characters, but I understand why that wasn’t originally revealed. Disclaimer was amazing and I hope to see more from Renee Knight very soon!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, two kids, two small chihuahuas, and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She balances her work as a website admin with her hobbies of watching anime and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.