Not only could I see her, it could so easily have been me.
Narrated by the very talented Tamsin Kennard, ‘Can You See Her?’ by S E Lynes (Susie Lynes) had me totally absorbed. For readers/listeners of up-close-and-personal psychological suspense, this is a ‘must read’. Not very often do I find myself catching a breath, aware of a crushing sensation in my chest because of the raw emotion in a story I’m listening to but the truth is, as I journeyed with the main character Rachel Edwards, I could see her.
Perhaps I should explain, after all this is a dark tale where people die. The blurb gives some clues:
Rachel is afraid she may have done something terrible. She’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.
She doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.
But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents…. She can barely remember the woman she used to be, the one whose husband told her she was out of his league. The woman she is now just does the laundry and makes the dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.
She knows that she hated feeling invisible. She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again? What if I did something no one thought I was capable of?
As you would expect with any decent psychological suspense, the storyline isn’t necessarily what we anticipate. Susie Lynes does a magnificent job with the characters she draws and, as the book is written for the most part in the first person, we hear Rachel’s thoughts, feel her feelings, explore her interpretation of events as they unfold. Through the use of great dialogue, there’s humour, wit, honesty, secrets, and painful emotions in this book that makes it magnetic to a listener, and the job done by Tamsin Kennard should be applauded; accents, diction, inflections, pace – all of it spot on. Bravo!
If you know nothing about the menopause, are heading for it, right in the middle of it or out the other side you will immediately relate to Rachel. I did. (That’s not to say younger women or men won’t enjoy this book, but by crikey this was so close to home…). Taking the twisting turns of Rachel’s story alongside her, the reader/listener is caught up in the emotion, the fear, the frankness of her life because this is a superbly well written book. An absolute mind-spinner and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Susie Lynes, take a bow.