2015 Book #249: THE WARNING by Sophie Hannah

The Warning by Sophie Hannah
ISBN: 9780062428851 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780062428844 (ebook)
ASIN: B00VES8D5G (Kindle edition)
Publication date: June 30, 2015 (digital) / August 4, 2015 (pbk)
Publisher: Witness Impulse

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

When a kindly stranger does Chloe a good deed, she decides she must repay him. But in tracing him, she meets a sympathetic woman named Nadine, who warns Chloe to stay away from the man at all costs. “Give him nothing, tell him nothing, don’t trust him,” she says. “Avoid him like the plague.”

Chloe knows the sensible thing to do: walk away. But her curiosity gets the best of her. What is the truth about the good Samaritan? How dangerous could he be? And can Chloe find the answers without putting herself and her daughter in harm’s way?

A twisting, razor-sharp suspense story that will keep you guessing to the very end, The Warning features an appearance from Simon Waterhouse, next seen in the full-length thriller Woman with a Secret—already hailed as “mesmerizing” (Lisa Gardner) and “unputdownable” (Liane Moriarty). 

Chloe is a single mom. On the day of her daughter’s audition for a musical, she’s unknowingly left the sheet music in her car, in a garage that’s too far away to retrieve in time for the audition. Tom (aka chivalrous knight to the rescue) comes to her rescue on his speedy steed (aka his bicycle) and retrieves the sheet music just in the nick of time. When Chloe tracks Tom down and provides him with a “thank you” gift, she receives a strange warning from one of Tom’s coworkers. Chloe doesn’t pay heed to the warning so her best friend pulls in a police officer to launch a friendly investigation into Tom. Should Chloe listen to these warnings or follow her heart?

The Warning is a very quick read at under 100 pages. Ms. Hannah has provided the reader with a thriller that pulls the reader in from page one. I found most of the action in The Warning to be plausible and realistic, except for the notion of “love at first sight.” (Is it possible to be attracted to someone at first sight? Yes! Is it possible to fall in love with someone that you know absolutely nothing about? I don’t think so.) Personal prejudices aside, if you’re looking for a quick and thrilling read with romantic overtones, then grab a copy of The Warning.

Disclaimer: I received a print copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via Edelweiss. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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