Wednesday, 10 February 2021

All in Her Head - Nikki Smith

About the book… 

Alison is more alone than she's ever been. She is convinced that her ex-husband Jack is following her. She is certain she recognizes the strange woman who keeps approaching her in the canteen.

She knows she has a good reason to be afraid. She just can't remember why.

Then the mention of one name turns her life upside down.

Alison feels like she's losing her mind . . . but it could just lead her to the truth.

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About the author… 

Nikki Smith studied English Literature at Birmingham University, before pursuing a career in finance. Following a ‘now or never’ moment, she applied for a Curtis Brown Creative course where she started writing this book. She lives near Guildford with her family and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. All In Her Head is her first novel.

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Twitter: mrssmithmunday

My thoughts....  

What a book, Nikki Smith has written in such a way that the agitation and unease lifted itself off the page as I read this amazing book. From the prologue right to the last pages I was gripped. I can’t tell you why but I had a strange feeling of Deja Vue and I was only 5% in!

All in Her Head is a story told in three parts, it switches back and forth in time, with chapters ping ponging between Ali and Jack - husband and wife. set in present and the past - estranged but why?

I had so many questions as I read - what’s going on, why, where is Ali, why are they apart. Nothing was clear, so many scenarios tumbled round my mind - I couldn’t pin point and focus on anything other than the edgy Sick feeling of unease. The more I read, the stronger the sickening dread of anxiety hung from the pages, drenching my very thoughts!! That feeling of my heart beating in my mouth was so intense I didn’t want to turn the pages but the feeling I had too was stronger.

All in Her Head was a book that spoke a dual narrative in my head throughout, at first I couldn’t rationalise my thoughts, couldn’t second guess what was happening and the story was nearing completion before the jigsaw pieces started slotting into place. There were moments I was sat, mouth open, shook to the core astounded at what I’d just read, wanting to close the pages to un-read the words but the need to read on was stronger.

I can’t recommend this book enough, it was a compelling, dark, emotional read that gripped from start to finish, I’ve found myself a go to author without a doubt

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