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How You See Me PDF, ePub eBook Composed entirely of one man’s letters, this brilliantly unsettling debut examines the terrifying power of the mind to deceive, not only others but – most destructively of all – ourselves. ‘I’ve probably lied to you. That’s habit. I lie to everyone about my family…’ Daniel Laird has returned to Norfolk after a nine-year absence to care for his ailing artist father. He desc Composed entirely of one man’s letters, this brilliantly unsettling debut examines the terrifying power of the mind to deceive, not only others but – most destructively of all – ourselves. ‘I’ve probably lied to you. That’s habit. I lie to everyone about my family…’ Daniel Laird has returned to Norfolk after a nine-year absence to care for his ailing artist father. He describes his uneasy homecoming in a series of letters to his sister, his boss, and to Alice, his one true love. But it is not until he discovers a hidden cache of his father’s paintings that the truth begins to surface about why he left all those years ago. The more Daniel writes, the more we learn about his past – and the more we begin to fear for those he holds dear.

30 review for How You See Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hayley Scott

    The thing about this book is that I read it quickly, at night time, with a night light and my hand over my mouth. It's that kind of book. It's claustrophobic, dark, threatening and at points when the reader realises things that they've been colluding with it's genuinely psychologically terrifying. Sometimes people can be THAT wrong about their interactions in the world. We don't think of that when we take people's word for it. We hear their story and nod along sympathetically. This is a tale whi The thing about this book is that I read it quickly, at night time, with a night light and my hand over my mouth. It's that kind of book. It's claustrophobic, dark, threatening and at points when the reader realises things that they've been colluding with it's genuinely psychologically terrifying. Sometimes people can be THAT wrong about their interactions in the world. We don't think of that when we take people's word for it. We hear their story and nod along sympathetically. This is a tale which reminds us to beware the person with the sad story. Beware the person who tells the story. I love books about art and artists and paintings and hidden lives of artists. I also love books which show a mind unravelled, a life rewritten and a narrator so unreliable that I sat back at the end and imagined the whole book written from a different point of view and was exhilarated to know it would have been totally different. That's the work of a skilled writer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela

    I won this from First Reads, many thanks. Had I seen this on the bookshelf I probably wouldn't have bought it - it's thinner than the usual novels, the cover is dark in colour and the brief summary on the back says that the book itself is dark. For me that was suggestive of a depressing read. I was wrong. It was not a light read, I agree, but not dark either. It was just sad, I suppose. I read through this guy's letters and felt what he felt, including his bewilderment at the end. Beautiful writ I won this from First Reads, many thanks. Had I seen this on the bookshelf I probably wouldn't have bought it - it's thinner than the usual novels, the cover is dark in colour and the brief summary on the back says that the book itself is dark. For me that was suggestive of a depressing read. I was wrong. It was not a light read, I agree, but not dark either. It was just sad, I suppose. I read through this guy's letters and felt what he felt, including his bewilderment at the end. Beautiful writing, I will re-read this just so I can enjoy it once again without the need to focus on the plot. The way the author manages to do exposition and characterisation through the main character's point of view and adding to that, through epistolary method, is very clever. I gave only 4 * because I felt that the crisis and climax came too abruptly - the build up was too subtle and slightly too long, then in a short time everything seems to happen all at once. Secondly, I wasn't really convinced about the connection between his behaviour re Sarah and Alice and then his niece, it just didn't follow for me. As I said, maybe I missed some clues somewhere but if so, that's because they may have been too subtle. Overall, however, I liked it and it made me want to read the author's future novels.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Goldman

    How You See Me is an intriguing book. It's a psychological thriller, but one that involves reading between the lines. David Laird is writing letters to his sister, boss and Alice, his girlfriend. But you never get to read their replies, so only know his side of the story. This is a book about lies and deception. It makes you question everything you are reading and what should, or shouldn't, be believed. An unreliable narrator… or is he? You're never actually quite sure, even at the end. I enjoyed t How You See Me is an intriguing book. It's a psychological thriller, but one that involves reading between the lines. David Laird is writing letters to his sister, boss and Alice, his girlfriend. But you never get to read their replies, so only know his side of the story. This is a book about lies and deception. It makes you question everything you are reading and what should, or shouldn't, be believed. An unreliable narrator… or is he? You're never actually quite sure, even at the end. I enjoyed the book (although did think it could have been edited a bit more rigorously in places so that the writing was more succinct). I think of this as a 'Marmite' book - this won't appeal to everyone. It's not for you if you're looking for a fast-paced action-packed psychological thriller. You also need to be in the mood for it, as the plot isn't handed to you on a plate. It's certainly a book that makes you think. Even the ending is a bit ambiguous, so don't expect all the strands to be tied up to perfection. I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Latkins

    I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, it sounded like a classic unreliable narrator story, and in many ways it was. It's also set in Norfolk, where I live, so that attracted me to it too. I did think was a good story, with a strong character at its centre - Daniel is well-thought out, with all sorts of delusions about himself and his behaviour. However, it didn't grip me in the way I hoped it would, it was a bit slow, with lots of descriptions of dog-walking and Daniel caring for his inc I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, it sounded like a classic unreliable narrator story, and in many ways it was. It's also set in Norfolk, where I live, so that attracted me to it too. I did think was a good story, with a strong character at its centre - Daniel is well-thought out, with all sorts of delusions about himself and his behaviour. However, it didn't grip me in the way I hoped it would, it was a bit slow, with lots of descriptions of dog-walking and Daniel caring for his incapacitated father. A few things didn't ring true, particularly the very fact that he was writing letters to people in this day and age - it seemed a bit anachronistic. It was easy to guess what had really happened; I wasn't surprised at all by the ending, and was hoping for another twist. One thing I would point out, which confused me a bit - Daniel occasionally describes himself as being very big, and I wasn't sure if that meant tall, fat or muscular. The picture on the cover of the book would suggest that he isn't fat, but I think that perhaps he was. This is no fault of the author, of course, as I daresay that she had no input on the cover design, but it is a little off-putting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol Peace

    This is the story of Daniel who returned to Norfolk to care for his father, he does this reluctantly and lets his boss and friend know this in a series of letters. He also writes to his sister and his girlfriend too these letters are more and more demanding as time goes on. You can get a picture of Daniel through these letters and how he feel about what is, and has happened to him but he finds some of his fathers paintings and this starts off a catalogue of events which makes throws a different This is the story of Daniel who returned to Norfolk to care for his father, he does this reluctantly and lets his boss and friend know this in a series of letters. He also writes to his sister and his girlfriend too these letters are more and more demanding as time goes on. You can get a picture of Daniel through these letters and how he feel about what is, and has happened to him but he finds some of his fathers paintings and this starts off a catalogue of events which makes throws a different light on his life and memories. His father is a renowned painter although he is now unable to paint or even communicate very well a showing of these paintings brings it all to a head. I loved reading the letters and I am sure you will too, its like looking in to someone else's life. I received this book as part of the First Reads for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    This is a book which is all about the ending, and as a result it's quite a slow-moving read. There's little action in the story, just a feeling right from the beginning, which grows as the book progresses, that our narrator, Daniel, is not telling us the truth and that there are secrets hidden in the past. When those secrets are finally revealed, there's no massive twist or shock, more a creeping sense of suspicions confirmed. It's a while since I read a novel written in letters: it's a somewhat This is a book which is all about the ending, and as a result it's quite a slow-moving read. There's little action in the story, just a feeling right from the beginning, which grows as the book progresses, that our narrator, Daniel, is not telling us the truth and that there are secrets hidden in the past. When those secrets are finally revealed, there's no massive twist or shock, more a creeping sense of suspicions confirmed. It's a while since I read a novel written in letters: it's a somewhat dated idea in this era of digital communication, and poor phone reception and lack of wifi in rural Norfolk, where this book is set, isn't quite sufficient to explain why this form was chosen. The conceit feels a bit stilted. The writing is excellent, the characters are well-drawn and Daniel's self delusion is nicely portrayed, but I could have done with a little more substance overall.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Raluca Sandu

    I took a long time to read this book, even though it was a relatively short story. It was very difficult for me to get into it. The entire novel is made up of letters written by the narrator to members of his family, his girlfriend and his boss over a period of several months. It starts to get interesting towards the end, when we get a few answers (but not all). However, for me the book wasn't very interesting, nothing much happened, and I don't find there was enough "material" to make a whole bo I took a long time to read this book, even though it was a relatively short story. It was very difficult for me to get into it. The entire novel is made up of letters written by the narrator to members of his family, his girlfriend and his boss over a period of several months. It starts to get interesting towards the end, when we get a few answers (but not all). However, for me the book wasn't very interesting, nothing much happened, and I don't find there was enough "material" to make a whole book out of it. I received "How you see me" via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    The book is set in Norfolk which ticks one box, it s psychological thriller, its an unreliable narrator and it is a series of letters! This was one of those books that you know everything is a little off but as the book goes on, it gets worse and worse until you realize that what you thought your knew is not correct and that you are going to have to finish the book to figure it all out. One of those unsettling books which your mind drifts back to you when you are contemplating peoples motives fo The book is set in Norfolk which ticks one box, it s psychological thriller, its an unreliable narrator and it is a series of letters! This was one of those books that you know everything is a little off but as the book goes on, it gets worse and worse until you realize that what you thought your knew is not correct and that you are going to have to finish the book to figure it all out. One of those unsettling books which your mind drifts back to you when you are contemplating peoples motives for their actions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    because this book was written in letter form it was a very easy read,and gave you an insight into a mans very sad and disturbed life. As it progresses and all is not as it seems it becomes more intrigueing. But I still felt it lacked something.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wolfie

    Great book, I like how it's told through letters. It's an interesting format. I found the story very fascinating, gripping and engaging and the character of Daniel is very strong and well developed. I received this book for free via a first reads giveaway.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    An unbearably claustrophobic and clever tale of deception that I challenge you not to read in one sitting. Tapping into the dark areas of the human psyche, and our ability to deceive others and conceal our true motives, this was a tense and compelling read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    April

    I loved this book and the writting. I found it really interesting and its quite short so its a quick read, i would really recommed it

  13. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    GOODREADS GIVEAWAY WIN. Review to follow.x

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stargazer

    Creepy wee debut, look forward to reading her again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dystopian

    Well written, epistolary, unreliable narrator....hit a lot of my sweet spots.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Walsh

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bre

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brunhild

  22. 5 out of 5

    K.E. Coles

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter Knighton

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate Yates

  26. 4 out of 5

    JC2

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Hannah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alison Davis

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie Mckie

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