Andrew Goodwin hears voices. They wake him in the dead of night, lingering behind the walls, growing in strength until they take over.
Making him captive in his own home.
These voices are real. Andrew doesn’t know who they are or what they want. Every time he approaches the door, they force him back. Whenever he wakes up, they put him to sleep, making him live on stolen moments in the darkness.
Desperate, he records his own movements, and discovers his entire life is a lie – Andrew is somehow leaving the flat each day as if things were perfectly normal.
So why doesn’t he remember? Who is in control?
And why are there bruises and bloodstains all over his body?
Affinities is a fast-paced psychological thriller about a man whose very life is stolen from him. Sometimes, you can’t even trust yourself.–Description from Goodreads
From the beginning of this novel you get the idea that something above average is going on with the main character, but you aren’t quite sure what. By the middle, there is a rather shocking reveal of information that ties the first and second halves of the book together (which I will not hint at for fear of a spoiler.) This is one Hell of a ride!
The character development in this novel is amazing. You not only get a sense of who the characters are physically speaking, but they each have unique traits that allow them to play their part in the story with perfect accuracy. I felt, after reading to the halfway point of the book, like these were people that I knew and it made me care what happened to them and pulled me in to the story more fully. In some places, you almost feel like you are experiencing the same things they are.
I was impressed by the way Chris Hollis uses his character’s reactions to build suspense. Rather than just telling the reader what happens, he shows you through the confusion and terror of his creations. i enjoyed this aspect, as I don’t see it very often in thrillers.
When you read this book, you forget about anything and everything else that is going on in the world around you and become totally absorbed in the struggles of the characters. The writing is edgy and exciting and shows that this author has real talent for his chosen genre. To put it simply, this is a book that you don’t want to miss.
I love books that keep you guessing and make you wait to find out the answers until the very end, and this book pulled that off in a fantastic way. If you have read a lot of books that you could figure out within the first twenty minutes of reading and it annoys you, pick up this one. You might just doubt your own sanity by the time you have finished.
I received a free copy of this book in order to give a review. My opinions are my own.