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11 February 2019

Book Review: Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan *AD Gifted

Avon Books sent me a free review copy of Apple of My Eye by Claire Allan.

When I needed something to read on the train, this was the first from my TBR that I picked up - it was going to be two relatively short journeys and at a little over 300 pages I knew that Apple of My Eye was pretty much the perfect length. Only, I accidentally read it almost all of it on the outward journey, as I couldn't put it down. It was excellent!

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When a mysterious note arrives for six months pregnant Dr Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother… 

Source: Review copy.

5 Word Review: Family, secrets, love, lies, danger.

I knew from the moment that I picked this book up that I was going to enjoy it. The very first chapter hooked me in, and I didn't want to put it down. It's definitely gripping.

I loved the way the narrative switched between Eliana and Louise (with an occasional view from Angela), how both perspectives were explored. I think that Louise was actually my favourite to read, she had an extra layer of complexity brought on by her duplicity as a character, her desperation for a baby to love. But I also felt so much for Eliana, I was so empathetic towards her. I cared about what was going to happen, my heart broke with hers.

It wasn't until just before the reveal that I even guessed what it would be, I was pleased that this book kept me guessing. It's a pretty tense read, I was always wondering who was behind it all, if it was even the same person behind everything that was happening or if there were other parties involved.

I couldn't get enough of the writing style so I am now going back and reading the author's other psychological thriller, Her Name Was Rose. I'd definitely recommend this for people who are fans of psychological and domestic thrillers.


  1. Great review! I think I might pick this book up!

  2. Never heard of this book before but I'm glad you enjoyed it! Lovely review, Cora!😊

    Shirley |

  3. I adore Claire Allan! Fab review :D

  4. Great review, I love a good thriller

  5. Sounds like a good one! Great review, Cora!

  6. Lovely review! I've never heard of this book before but you have made me want to read it.

  7. Glad you enjoyed the book! It looks really interesting. I love mysteries and I don't know why I don't read more of them.

  8. Great review! Not really my thing as it involves children being treated badly.

  9. It sounds like it is very well written. Thrillers aren't my usual read but I will definitely tell my friend about this book as she loves them :)

  10. Great review! This sounds like my kind of book


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