Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Here is what the QBD crew thought…

“The truth doesn’t change but memories do.” Taking on the popular trope of an unreliable narrator, Call Me Evie will keep you on the edge of your seat as you find yourself needing to know what happens next. Lovers of stories like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will love this book and find it a welcome addition to their bookshelves.

Meet Kate, a seventeen year old girl who wakes up in a remote cabin in New Zealand. The issue? She has no idea who she is or why she is there. Kept under sedation and locked away, we learn that her captor’s name is Jim and he is her uncle… and her name is Evie. As time goes on Kate starts to regain some of her memories from her life in Melbourne and learns that maybe things aren’t what they seem.

One of the things I did enjoy about this book is the unreliable narrator aspect of it. As a person with no memory and someone kept under the influence of sedatives it made Kate’s perspective quite interesting to read. Whilst someone might seem like they can be trusted you never really know and I think that’s what makes this psychologically thriller so well done. Though the book does jump from before and after, and changes perspectives which can make it hard to follow at times, that is a tool needed to help you really unfold what has gone on in the past and help you understand who Kate/Evie really is.

Another thing that I think this book did well was that it jumped straight into the story, telling us what is happening right now and then going back to unfold the whole story. I personally am a fan of it when authors do this so I’m not waiting the whole book for something to happen. As things unfolded and we found out exactly what happened to bring Kate to New Zealand the book really sped up and I found myself flipping through the pages quicker if that were possible.

Put aside a few hours to read this one, if you don’t read it all in one go you will find yourself thinking about it until you do.

  • Jordie, QBD Knox City

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