Book Review: The Catcher by Kerry Birds


The perfect marriage?
Or the perfect lie?

Alistair tells white lies. It’s easier that way.

Elena loves Alistair. But he’s married to Celia.

Celia likes playing games. And one day soon someone is going to get hurt.

The only question is – who?


About The Author

Kerry Birds lives in Derbyshire with her husband and two boys. She is an Environmental Chemist who started reading fiction in her thirties and took up writing soon after. She now writes prolifically, partly to quieten her anxious mind.

In 2018 she self-published her first novel, Share My Sky, which was brilliantly received. Rainbows in a Storm and its sequel soon followed. She’s had her nose to the grindstone ever since.

In her spare time, Kerry loves to be with her family, preferably walking on mountains or moorlands, where she finds the perfect places to eat cake and drink tea. She likes seeing friends, going to writing group, stalking bumblebees and drinking wine.

My Thoughts

Firstly, I received a free copy of The Catcher with a request for an honest review. Thank you to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for organising this tour.

Firstly, a warning. This book includes: domestic violence, suicide, animal cruelty, abusive relationships, violence, rape. If any of these are triggers for you, it might be best not to read on.

When Elena moves house after a relationship break down, she falls for her neighbour, Alistair. However, Alistair is in an abusive relationship with Cecilia and she is not willing to let him go.

The start of the book was incredibly creepy and uncomfortable which really excited me as I thought the tension would continue throughout the book and be gripping. Unfortunately, the plot did feel like it went from promising to rather ridiculous and unbelievable. The premise of domestic violence, particularly against the man, and the unhinged woman scorned could have allowed for nuance and twists galore, but the book did fall flat to me, especially towards the end. It was all rather too predictable.

Although I’m not adverse to an unlikeable character and, in fact, the morally grey protagonist is a favourite of mine, the characters lacked dimension. Cecelia was horrid, as would be expected from an abuser, but the characters of Elena and Alistar didn’t feel well rounded and, despite the terrible events of the book, I didn’t warm to them at all.

I did finish the book, which meant there was some entertainment value to the plot and it was easy to read and engagingly written. I was interested to find out what happened to the characters. It was also pretty fast paced.

Overall, this book wasn’t for me. It was a very typical psychological thriller and I find I am falling out of love with the genre, so it might just be me! If you’re a psych thriller fan, why not give it a go!

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