I was looking forward to reviewing this one. I like this guy’s writing, and really enjoyed this story.
The government is running a top-level social experiment. A couple is set up in a cosy home to live together. The crux is that she isn’t a she. Holly is AI (Artificial Intelligence) in humanoid female form. I’m not going to tell you any more about the plot than that—except, it gets sinister and dangerous. Things don’t go to plan, and there’s a cracking twist that you won’t see coming.
The story is tense and pacey. Keeps you guessing, and the twist is excellent.
But the two stand-out things that make this book a fantastic read are the description and the humour. Wow. And some of the descriptive phrasing is just beautiful. It almost had me laughing out loud more than once.
The description is perfect
The pace is good, the description is beautiful.
The humour makes it special.
And when you’ve read th book, the title is poignant.
One to look out for later in the year.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.