I love a book that makes me want to write the review as soon as I’ve finished it! The Dare is such a book. I finished the book and about 7 milliseconds later, here I was, writing this review. Let’s jump in!
What is The Dare about?
When teenage friends Lizzie and Alice decide to head off for a walk in the countryside, they are blissfully unaware that this will be their final day together – and that only Lizzie will come back alive.
Lizzie has no memory of what happened in the moments before Alice died, she only knows that it must have been a tragic accident. But as she tries to cope with her grief, she is shocked to find herself alienated from Alice’s friends and relatives. They are convinced she somehow had a part to play in her friend’s death.
Twelve years later, unpacking boxes in the new home she shares with her fiancé, Lizzie is horrified to find long-buried memories suddenly surfacing. Is the trauma of the accident finally catching up with her, or could someone be trying to threaten her new-found happiness?
Twelve years is a long time to wait, when you’re planning the perfect revenge . . .
Lizzie is grown up now, she has a fiance….and she can finally put the past behind her….until the past decides that it is very much not done with Lizzie! The Dare is a well paced, well written psychological thriller. This book is the epitome of ‘an easy read‘. You could pick this up, not realise that 3hrs have passed and you’ve finished it! It was addictive!
The book is written from Lizzie’s POV, in the past and the present. There is also an unknown narrator who pops up every few chapters with their own story. These chapters were really interesting and between a friend and I, we both had different ideas on who the narrator was, and we were both wrong. That was incredibly exciting to discover!
The Dare kept me guessing and while I guessed one big plot twist, there were so many others that I was just so wrong about. I found this book to be absolutely delightful, for a thriller. Does that make sense? I just thought it was different, and so clever.
The Dare has a Goodreads rating of 4.15 stars and that’s a pretty well deserved solid rating I think. There was one key twist that really didn’t make sense to me, but that aside…..suspend reality and just read! 😉 This is definitely one to add to your bookshelf, especially if you enjoy a good psychological thriller.
The Dare is available at all good leading book retailers.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review.