Can You See Her? – SE Lynes

Rachel Ryder 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?

And now she’s worried that she did something terrible. Because she’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.

When no-one is watching, you can get away with anything…

About the Author:

S E Lynes’ critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed in 2018 by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture and was followed in 2019 by gripping psychological suspense novel, THE WOMEN and the dark family drama, THE LIES WE HIDE. CAN YOU SEE HER? her new psychological thriller is available on pre-order NOW and is out April 22nd.

Formerly a BBC features journalist and producer, Lynes has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola. She has an MA in creative writing from Kingston University and is a writer, tutor and mentor.

My Review

This is the latest standalone psychological thriller by SE Lynes and once again she’s nailed it! If you enjoy cleverly plotted, original dark domestic noir with twists and thrills galore – then I would definitely recommend CAN YOU SEE HER?

Rachel Ryder is our main character and when we meet her she has confessed to some horrific crimes which are slowly revealed throughout the book.  The story is cleverly told through police interviews and Rachel’s own version of events and the reader is taken on a sad and emotional journey following Rachel and how she ended up in her current situation.

This is an insightful and observational tale of a middle-aged wife and mother who is feeling more and more invisible and unnecessary in her family’s life.  Suffering from depression, peri-menopausal symptoms and a growing concern about the impact of local knife crimes, Rachel finds herself caught up in a series of violent crimes.

A cleverly constructed tale covering many relevant topics and some highly relatable characters and situations.  The author has a wonderful way with words and is able to transport the reader deep into the story lines, and feel and care about the characters.  I was totally able to relate to Rachel and felt her pain and confusion throughout her narration.  SE Lynes has an exceptional talent for creating unique, original and gripping thrillers with plausible plots and characters you can connect with.  Another brilliant book.


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