Intriguing thriller

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

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Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

The Blurb

How can a woman who never existed come back to haunt you?

Gerry Anderson has been having trouble sleeping. He's unwell - bed-bound - and has only his night nurse and his personal assistant for company. But what's really troubling him are the phone calls. Phone calls from a woman claiming to be the 'real' Aubrey.

But that can't be. Aubrey's just a character Gerry made up in a book, years ago.

Can Gerry see past the ever-blurring lines of fact and fiction and figure out who is threatening him, or has his long-overdue moment of reckoning finally arrived?

'As if one of Philip Roth's complicated men stumbled into a razor-sharp Stephen King plot . . . The sharpest, clearest-eyed take on our #metoo reckoning yet. Plus: enthralling.' Megan Abbott

About the Author

Laura Lippman is a New York Times bestselling novelist who has won more than twenty awards for her fiction, including the Edgar Award—and been nominated for thirty more. Since her debut in 1997, she has published twenty-one novels, a novella, a children’s book, and a collection of short stories. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. LitHub named her one of the “essential” female crime writers of the last hundred years. She also has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Vulture, Real Simple, and T magazine. The film of her novel Every Secret Thing was produced by Frances McDormand and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, starring Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, and Dakota Fanning. Laura lives in Baltimore with her husband, David Simon, and their daughter.

The Review

Gerry lives in his beautiful apartment in Baltimore, bed-bound when he begins to receive telephone calls from a woman claiming to be Aubrey, the name of the character in his bestselling novel. She claims she exists and he has done her wrong.

As Gerry is clearly on high doses of pain relief, the assumption is that he is experiencing delusions, or is this some crank caller. His mother had suffered from dementia and was he suffering from the same disease. As the danger escalates, there is nothing he can realistically do in any event.

This is definitely a slow-burn psychological thriller and there were times that I did think this was such a weird concept and I certainly felt there was a parody to the novel Misery.

On the downside, the book did tend to jump all over the place and I found it difficult to work out which timeline I was in, but it didn’t take long to get used to it and get into the story despite being a slow burner. There’s certainly no shortage of suspects or possible outcomes.

What put me off a little was I didn’t much care for Gerry. He was completely selfish and it was clear why he had gone through three wives.

I found the ending a little disappointing and didn’t feel as though it had ended properly as I still had some threads I needed pulling together.

Available to buy from 22.06.21

Dream Girl eBook: Lippman, Laura: Kindle Store

Review: 16.06.21

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