‘Alter Ego’ is the latest book by K.A. Masson.
Alex Kendrew is juggling single parenthood, work and dating; with a wild, impetuous streak that’s hard to keep in check, she struggles to find a balance and feels perpetually guilty for the choices she makes. Alex begins a passionate affair when an old flame gets in touch. But one morning, the police arrest her for his attempted murder. Someone is framing her; can she prove her innocence as the evidence mounts against her?
Firstly, I’d like to apologise for not writing this review sooner, I had forgotten to add it to my calendar, so I spent my head absorbed in this story, only moving to get fresh tea.
The story is seen through the narrative of freelance photographer Alex and is set in the present when she is arrested for the attempted murder of her boyfriend called Mal.
The story then flows back to past times, leading up to the couples first interaction. After her relationship broke down with her son’s father, Alex decides to try online dating and one day meets Mal, who seems perfect for her until he breaks it all off as he wants to give an old relationship another chance. Heartbroken, Alex throws herself into online dating meeting men for sex until she meets an old friend from university called Adrian and they become a couple. Adrian seems like the perfect charming man but once he gets Alex and her son under his roof, he turns into a controlling, egotistical monster and when Mal reappears in Alex’s saving her from the unhappy relationship. But just as Alex is about to get her happy ever after with Mal, Mal is stabbed and Alex is the prime suspect.
This book is an extremely cleverly crafted thriller packed with dislikable characters, that made them all suspects in this whodunnit thriller. Alex is great character, she’s strong and independent and determined to prove her innocence and love for Mal. Adrian is an absolutely horrible man, gaslighting at any opportunity, he was cruel and cold and many of the scenes with him made for unsettling reading.
I really liked the flow of the story, moving from the past to present tenses and I really thought that helped build up the suspense and drama to the thriller.
A chilling psychological thriller that really gets under your skin, ‘Alter Ego’ is a fantastic debut about one woman’s quest looking for love only to have to prove her innocence.
You can buy ‘Alter Ego’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.