The Regret by Dan Malakin

The Regret by Dan Malakin

My copy of The Regret was sent to me alongside a bag of chocolate. Now I’m not saying I’m easily bribed, but chocolate always helps!

The Regret – The Blurb

What if someone wanted to ruin your life?

Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life.

Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked.

Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find him and make him leave her alone. But as Rachel is drawn into a hunt, she realises that something even more horrific is happening – something that will make her confront the childhood that has lingered inside her like a ghost, and will force her to face the truth about her new life.

Is Griffin the one ruining her life? Or is someone far more dangerous responsible?

Internet users beware

Topless photos being sent over the internet, doxing, cyber bullying. All of these things I am hyper aware of at the moment as my eldest is of the age where mobile phones and Snapchat loom. So I was terrified to read the extent it can all go wrong when reading The Regret.

The concept is a text gone wrong and the devastating, long lasting implications of this. Yet it’s also a portrayal of a victims fight for survival, it’s about moving on, it’s being caught back up, it’s about never giving up, it’s about why we fight and what we fight for. All that wrapped up in a twisty thriller style that you can read in one session. Far more bite, far more substance, far more depth than I first imagined. And yes way more darker!

Trigger warnings

Be warned this book does cover issues including anorexia, mental heath and substance abuse, so steer clear if these are triggers for you. I don’t think I have read a book before that covers anorexia with such brutal honesty. It’s not glamorised at all, yet the reasoning behind the starvation, the depravity, the downward spiral are written brilliantly. If you can cope with reading it, it’s worth the while.

Was it the plant pot?

The book certainly had me guessing right to the end. It’s one of those where every chapter brings a new twist, or a new suspect. “It’s him’. ‘No, it must be him’. ‘Well it can’t be him’ ‘Is it her?’ ‘Oh my God is it HIM?”

The ending is pretty gruesome, (if you’re faint of heart you might need to skim read a page or two) but I really enjoyed it and think it’s well worth a read. Thanks Dan for the book and the chocolate*

*Chocolate or not I would have still loved it!

The Regret