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Disclaimer is something special. . . an outstandingly clever and twisty tale that’s been perfectly engineered to make heads spin. This novel’s opening promise of menace is not overstated. Ms. Knight lives up to the initial deal she made with readers and delivers fully. . . . That’s a rare payoff in a genre full of letdowns. Its value can’t be stressed enough.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times

A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth.

What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you?

When a mysterious novel appears at documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft’s bedside, she is curious. She has no idea who might have sent her The Perfect Stranger—or how it ended up on her nightstand. At first, she is intrigued by the suspenseful story that unfolds. And then she realizes this isn’t fiction. The Perfect Stranger re-creates in vivid, unmistakable detail the day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew—and that person is dead.

Now that the past Catherine so desperately wants to forget is catching up with her, her world is falling apart. Plunged into a living nightmare, her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day . . . even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

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Disclaimer is something special. . . an outstandingly clever and twisty tale that’s been perfectly engineered to make heads spin. This novel’s opening promise of menace is not overstated. Ms. Knight lives up to the initial deal she made with readers and delivers fully. . . . That’s a rare payoff in a genre full of letdowns. Its value can’t be stressed enough.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times

A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth.

What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you?

When a mysterious novel appears at documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft’s bedside, she is curious. She has no idea who might have sent her The Perfect Stranger—or how it ended up on her nightstand. At first, she is intrigued by the suspenseful story that unfolds. And then she realizes this isn’t fiction. The Perfect Stranger re-creates in vivid, unmistakable detail the day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew—and that person is dead.

Now that the past Catherine so desperately wants to forget is catching up with her, her world is falling apart. Plunged into a living nightmare, her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day . . . even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

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        "Let me now acknowledge having done what thriller writers love doing: burying the lead. It's Disclaimer that turns out to be the Gone Girl of the season." — Janet Maslin, New York Times

        "Disclaimer is something special. . . an outstandingly clever and twisty tale that's been perfectly engineered to make heads spin. This novel's opening promise of menace is not overstated. Ms. Knight lives up to the initial deal she made with readers and delivers fully on the threat she used to hook them. That's a rare payoff in a genre full of letdowns. Its value can't be stressed enough." — Janet Maslin, New York Times

        "Sensationally good psychological suspense...exactly what a great thriller should be." — Lee Child

        "Renée Knight's debut book is being compared with Gone Girl. . . . Every book of fiction comes with the statement that it is just that: 'Any resemblance to actual events or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.'. . . . Disclaimer. . . turns that good-faith promise into a chilling premise." — Wall Street Journal

        "With pitch-perfect pacing and alternating narrators that leap off the page, Disclaimer is both a page-turning mystery and an artful exploration of the explosive intersection between marriage and motherhood, revenge and regret. A wonderfully compelling book." — Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

        "The marvel of...Disclaimer is that it just about lives up to its unusually gripping premise...[and] forms a trinity alongside Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train as the best of domestic noir." — New York Daily News

        "Disclaimer stealthily steals your attention and by the end holds you prisoner—a searing story that resonates long after the final page. The best thriller I've read this year." — Rosamund Lupton, New York Times bestselling author of Sister and Afterwards

        "Knight's pace...nuilds momentum and ends with a series of breakneck plot twists and surprises.... A seriously unnerving roller coaster.... It's also a surprisingly sophisticated examination of marriage, motherhood and memory, as well as—naturally—guilt, grief and revenge." — Richmond Times-Dispatch

        "A mysterious book within a book, which contains potentially damning information about the protagonist, jump starts this remarkable debut by British scriptwriter Knight....This unsettling psychological thriller about guilt and grief briskly moves to a shocking finale enhanced by its strong characters." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

        "The first requirement of a fabulous summer read is that it should be too enthralling to put down. Disclaimer meets that requirement mightily.... A gripping, well-written story for those who aren't afraid of the darker side of summer reading." — Charleston Gazette

        "Knight's elegant plot and compelling...characters keep the heart of the novel beating.... Atmospheric and twisting...a page-turner. An addictive psychological thriller." — Kirkus Reviews

        "This debut British psychological thriller engages the reader from page one; mystery aficionados will dash to finish it in one sitting. Deliciously captivating, brilliantly twisty, and enticingly addictive, it hits the trifecta for a strong thriller!" — Library Journal (starred review)

        "Knight plays with our allegiances in this juicy domestic noir." — BookPage.com

        "This is a good psychological...

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        Starred review from March 16, 2015
        A mysterious book within a book, which contains potentially damning information about the protagonist, jump starts this remarkable debut by British scriptwriter Knight. On the bedroom nightstand in the new apartment documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft shares with her husband, Robert, Catherine finds a self-published novel, The Perfect Stranger, which describes an incident that Catherine never told Robert about. Over 20 years earlier in Spain, 19-year-old Jonathan Brigstocke drowned while saving the couple’s five-year-old son, Nicholas. The book suggests that Catherine was to blame because she and Jonathan were having an affair, and it concludes with her death. Meanwhile, widower and retired teacher Stephen Brigstocke, who found the book’s manuscript among his late wife’s possessions and believes it to be true, begins to try to dismantle Catherine’s seemingly perfect life by humiliating her professionally and personally. This unsettling psychological thriller about guilt and grief briskly moves to a shocking finale enhanced by its strong characters. Agent: Felicity Blunt, Curtis Brown (U.K.).

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        March 15, 2015
        When a mysterious novel appears on her bedside table, a successful documentary filmmaker finds herself face to face with a secret that threatens to unravel life as she knows it.Catherine Ravenscroft has built a dream life, or close to it: the devoted husband, the house in London, the award-winning career as a documentary filmmaker. And though she's never quite bonded with her 25-year-old son the way she'd hoped, he's doing fine-there are worse things than being an electronics salesman. But when she stumbles across a sinister novel called The Perfect Stranger-no one's quite sure how it came into the house-Catherine sees herself in its pages, living out scenes from her past she'd hoped to forget. It's a threat-but from whom? And why now, 20 years after the fact? Meanwhile, Stephen Brigstocke, a retired teacher, widowed and in pain, is desperate to exact revenge on Catherine and make her pay for what happened all those years ago. The story is told in alternating chapters, Catherine's in the third-person and Stephen's in the first, as the two orbit each other, predator and prey, and the novel moves between the past and the present to paint a portrait of two troubled families with trauma bubbling under the surface. As their lives become increasingly entangled, Stephen's obsession grows, Catherine's world crumbles, and it becomes clear that-in true thriller form-everything may not be as it seems. But how much destruction must be wrought before the truth comes out? And when it does, will there be anything left to salvage? While the long buildup to the big reveal begins to drag, Knight's elegant plot and compelling (if not unexpected) characters keep the heart of the novel beating even when the pacing falters. Atmospheric and twisting and ripe for TV adaptation, this debut novel never strays far from convention, but that doesn't make it any less of a page-turner.An addictive psychological thriller.

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        Novels generally come with the disclaimer that any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental, and so does this one, twiceonce in its usual place, and once in the book within the bookand therein lies the story. That book is on documentary-filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft's night table; only she didn't put it there. Catherine has a comfortable life; her husband is in law, and her son, while having problems, has moved out and is living an independent life. When she starts reading the mysterious book, she quickly realizes that she is the protagonist, and the secret she has kept hidden is about to tear her life apart. In a seemingly disparate story, Stephen Brigstocke is a retired teacher and grieving husband who is living a very sad life. Eventually their stories intersect with devastating consequences. This is a good psychological thriller with the ever-popular unreliable narrator, in this case two of them, along with lots of family drama. Sure to appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, by S. J. Watson.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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        December 1, 2014

        With publishing rights sold in over 20 territories and film rights swept away by Twentieth Century Fox, you can expect to be hearing about this creepy debut thriller. Here, the novel that documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft has just discovered replicates a dark secret that's trapped her for years--and was known by only one other person, who's dead. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        What could be more unnerving than reading a novel and discovering that it explicitly recounts your personal story? The realization that someone is hell-bent on exposing a 20-year-old secret to your inner circle via a supposed work of fiction could certainly incite sheer panic. While the book's disclaimer asserts no connection to anyone living or dead, Catherine Ravenscroft knows otherwise. The more she reads, the more deeply she finds the book tastelessly exposing a secret incident from her life. Despite her extreme aversion, Catherine cannot escape the lure of this novel, which threatens her sanity and perhaps her life. As the risk of exposure and personal danger escalates, Catherine embarks on a daring quest to locate the author before time runs out and the facade of her normal, happy life disintegrates. VERDICT This debut British psychological thriller engages the reader from page one; mystery aficionados will dash to finish it in one sitting. Deliciously captivating, brilliantly twisty, and enticingly addictive, it hits the trifecta for a strong thriller! [See Prepub Alert, 11/10/14.]--Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
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        April 1, 2015

        What could be more unnerving than reading a novel and discovering that it explicitly recounts your personal story? The realization that someone is hell-bent on exposing a 20-year-old secret to your inner circle via a supposed work of fiction could certainly incite sheer panic. While the book's disclaimer asserts no connection to anyone living or dead, Catherine Ravenscroft knows otherwise. The more she reads, the more deeply she finds the book tastelessly exposing a secret incident from her life. Despite her extreme aversion, Catherine cannot escape the lure of this novel, which threatens her sanity and perhaps her life. As the risk of exposure and personal danger escalates, Catherine embarks on a daring quest to locate the author before time runs out and the facade of her normal, happy life disintegrates. VERDICT This debut British psychological thriller engages the reader from page one; mystery aficionados will dash to finish it in one sitting. Deliciously captivating, brilliantly twisty, and enticingly addictive, it hits the trifecta for a strong thriller! [See Prepub Alert, 11/10/14.]--Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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A brilliantly conceived, deeply unsettling psychological thriller about a woman haunted by secrets, the consuming desire for revenge, and the terrible price we pay when we try to hide the truth.

What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you?

When a mysterious novel appears at documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft’s bedside, she is curious. She has no idea who might have sent her The Perfect Stranger—or how it ended up on her...

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