Saturday 14 April 2018

What Lies Within by Annabelle Thorpe

I may not have read many books this year, but the ones I have read have actually been really great reads. What Lies Within is another book I'm adding to my great reads this year. It was so absorbing and the characters were fascinating. Read on for my full review.


What Lies Within really appealed to me as it is set in Morocco and is a place I visited not too long ago. I have never come across a novel set in this exotic landscape before and was keen to see a writer's perspective. Anabelle brings Morocco to life in this literary thriller. I could sense it, hear it, smell it and feel it. It was like I was back in Morocco.

Three friends come back together after living apart since university. Paul and Freya are now married and Hamad makes them an offer they can't refuse, meaning they make the move to Marrakech. It's supposed to be the move of their lives, but very quickly the cracks start to show and the delights of Morocco begin to dim and then terrible crime happens leaving all of them reeling.

This turned out to be a hidden gem of a book, I don't know what I was expecting but the story I got was hugely atmospheric and addictive. Once I started reading I was completely hooked and quickly swept up in this story of mystery, secrets and betrayals. The story moved seamlessly between all the different characters and I was fascinated about all the relationships between them.

This is a slow burn thriller leading up to the events that happen at the beginning of the book, but there was always enough to keep me hooked and it really allows you to get to know each of the characters. The further you read, the more the tension builds, constantly leaving you wondering when it will reach a crescendo.

Addictive, atmospheric and all encompassing, What Lies Within was an unexpected gripping read.

This review is part of the What Lies Within blog tour. Follow along and catch up with posts below.

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