In a house that creaks against the wind on the hill of a small foreign beach town, Kate begins to piece together the events that lead her here. Don’t trust him, she finds scrawled in the back pages of a dusty book and she begins to notice her companion becoming more erratic, his behaviour more cruel and controlling.
Kate’s only tether to the past is him and the stories he tells her about escape and exile. When she decides he is lying to her about the world outside and her past, she realises that he is not protecting her but keeping her captive. Other memories begin to take shape.
On a frosty morning, a jogger finds the body of man whose skull was stoved in. When police search the dead man’s phone, they find a text message he received from Kate. They were planning to meet.
In her foggy memories, Kate recalls driving a car and seeing the man in her headlights. She recalls the snap of the man’s body as his skull struck the curb. But her captor keeps something from her and slowly a splinter of memory comes back, something she cannot reconcile with his version of events.
She must escape and get home to understand the truth of what transpired and in doing so she risks much more than her freedom. The truth lies fifteen years in the past when her mother died. Kate must confront those deepest darkest memories to move on.
CALL ME EVIE draws upon the fallibility of the human brain and the faculty of memory. It has been heavily researched and explores many psychological phenomena such as cognitive dissonance, trauma induced psychosis, memory loss and neuroplasticity.
What are people saying
Literary suspense as dark and fresh as midnight in winter, with a merciless twist-of-the-knife finale. One of the most striking debuts I've read in years and years. - AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
What a read! It’s a tight, compulsive, beautifully written thriller with echoes of Gillian Flynn, with characters that keep you guessing and a plot that keeps you turning the page. - Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child
I felt pure dread reading this book. Enjoyable, exquisite dread. A great read. There are so many layers and twists to this story and they are revealed in the most frustrating, masterful way. - Sarah Bailey, author of The Dark Lake
A superbly claustrophobic mind-f**k - I absolutely had to know who 'Evie' was and what had happened! - Angela Meyer, author of A Superior Spectre