It’s very rare I dish out a five-star review. I keep that final precious glittering luminary for those novels that fulfil all my stringent criteria;
– Is the story well laid out and structured in such a way to keep me a) guessing and b) turning pages
– Did I care about the characters, their goals and dreams
– How well is it written? I can’t abide bad line writing or poor editing
– And finally, did it surprise me. Leave me thinking about its message or meaning, long after I’ve turned the last page

And boy, did Gail Honeyman pass with flying colours on all of these accounts.