Delighted to host a stop on the blog tour for When I Find You by Emma Curtis today! My thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to join and to the publisher for my review copy, which I received via Netgalley.
Author : Emma Curtis
Title : When I Find You
Pages : 400
Publisher : Transworld
Publication date : July 1, 2018
When Laura wakes up after her office Christmas party and sees a man’s shirt on the floor, she is horrified. But this is no ordinary one-night-stand regret. Laura suffers from severe face-blindness, a condition that means she is completely unable to identify and remember faces. So the man she spent all night dancing with and kissing – the man she thought she’d brought home – was ‘Pink Shirt’.
But the shirt on her floor is blue. And now Laura must go to work every day and face the man who took advantage of her condition. The man she has no way of recognising.
I thoroughly enjoyed Emma Curtis’ previous book, One Little Mistake, so I was eagerly awaiting her next offering and I can already tell you I was not disappointed.
After an office Christmas party, Laura wakes up next to a man she’s spent a wonderfully steamy night with. She doesn’t know his name and realises perfectly well she won’t recognise his face. Because Laura has a condition called Prosopagnosia, or face blindness. A condition that sounds rather out there but it’s however a very real thing. At least Laura remembers her bed companion was wearing a pink shirt. Except, the shirt she finds on the floor is blue. Who is this stranger? Before Laura has a chance to find out, the man runs from her flat and now Laura must return to work every day with the knowledge someone took advantage of her condition. How will she find out who he is?
I can’t even begin to imagine how frightening this must be. Laura has multiple coping mechanisms to try and figure out who she’s talking to but they tend to fail when the environment changes. For instance, she’d recognise a colleague at work because of the desk they’re sitting at but wouldn’t know who they are if they were to bump into each other at the supermarket. While I would just look at a face and instantly know who is in front of me, Laura focuses on hair colour, gait and distinctive marks like tattoos. But none of those little tricks are helping her find out who took advantage of her. There’s obviously a bit of a list of suspects. It could be anyone and just like Laura, I was left in the dark as to their identity until the end.
The story is told through alternating chapters, switching between Laura and her boss Rebecca. Apart from Laura’s family, Rebecca is the only one who knows about Laura’s condition. Introducing Rebecca to the story immediately felt incredibly intriguing as I couldn’t at all guess at the part she would play. She’s not really a likeable person but as a plot device, she does help the story along and things will soon make a lot more sense.
Just like the author’s previous book, When I Find You is quite thought-provoking. A tense and realistic scenario that constantly makes you wonder what you would do. Emma Curtis has obviously done her research and I felt she truly managed to show what living with this condition is like. To be honest, I think I might quite favour the hide-under-the-duvet option for the rest of my life instead of stepping out not knowing who’s in front of me. Laura is definitely a character to sympathise with, although she does make a few dubious decisions.
This is a suspenseful, twisty psychological thriller that had me glued to the pages. I couldn’t predict the outcome at all and often jumped to the wrong conclusions. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Emma Curtis and I definitely recommend you give her books a go!
When I Find You is available to buy!
Emma Curtis was born in Brighton and now lives in London with her husband. After raising two children and working various jobs, her fascination with the darker side of domestic life inspired her to write her acclaimed debut novel, One Little Mistake. When I Find You is her second thriller.
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