This is a truly intriguing and beguiling read that will have you hooked from the first chapter.
Nobody But Us starts at the end where a horrific incident has occurred in a remote house which is set in an idyllic location. I’m not always a fan of this setting, as it can be slightly confusing, but in this instance the author, Laure Van Rensburg has pieced it together perfectly.
The jump back to when student Ellie meets Professor Steven Harding seems like your usual scenario when a university student falls in love with her handsome, esteemed professor. But there are hints along the way to suggest that not All is what it seems.
Ellie has planned a surprise romantic weekend away for her and Steven to celebrate their 6-month anniversary. Some much needed ‘alone time’ to explore each other and get to know each other better away from the crowds.
The story unfolds from both characters’ perspectives and the ghost of an unknown character. With many twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat this book is very well plotted with plenty of hints that things may at any time take on a sinister change.
As the story unfolds between Ellie and Steven and their connection, unknown to Steven until this weekend break, the vital details of deception are drip fed to us the deeper you get into the story, making you realise the depths of the damage which can be caused by one incident in your past. The author has a special way of capturing your attention and ensuring you are fully immersed into the story and the two characters. You are literally left wondering who will survive and you won’t find out until the last chapter.
I don’t want to put any spoilers in here as you really need to read this thriller book for yourself to see just how good it is. Needless to say there are many grim facts that lead up to the final scene, which have been an accumulation of devastating events from the past coming back to haunt both Ellie and Steven.
I would certainly recommend this book and would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Penguin for letting me review Nobody But Us.