4 out of 4 stars
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The concealment is an amazing psychological thriller by Rose Edmunds. The main character Amy battles her “demons” from the past. She struggles with the blurred line between her sanity and her “crazy”, and has kept a secrets from everyone else around her since she has 14. Her past comes back to haunt her. Amy works at a political firm called Pearson Malone. Her new Boss Ed Smithies is constantly on a quest to put her down and embarrass her in front of her colleagues. She puts up a strong appearance around him but no one knows the turmoil she’s going through inside.
Amy realizes some discrepancies in her account and speaks up about it, but is shut down harshly. She suspects her mean Boss Ed to be a ruthless killer when the person who made her aware of the discrepancies is murdered. His subordinate kills himself shortly after. This only makes Amy more determined to get to the bottom of the matter. She delves deeper into the weird discrepancies in her account. Her boss discourages her and tells her to forget about the matter, but her 14 year old self keeps whispering to her that she’s doing the right thing and is on the right track. However, her friend, co-workers and boss tell her to get help; they insinuate she’s crazy after she tells them about the discrepancies. She gets disappointed by almost every person she confides in. Even she gets conflicted about whether or not she’s sane.
This is a story of a woman dealing with self-doubt and fraud. She’s in a dilemma and has to choose whether to believe other people who think she’s crazy or believe in herself. I love how the author writes the story in such a way that even the reader can’t decide whether Amy is crazy or not. I like the author’s style of writing and the amazing story line.
The author brings out the concept of a girl who “has it all”, in terms of material things, but lacks emotional conviction. Amy’s story is what really makes this story a fantastic psychological thriller. I loved Lisa for being such a bad-ass friend and believing in Amy despite all the rumors that she was crazy. The idea of having your 14 year old version of you guiding you sounds insane, and I give her a thumbs up for sticking with Amy.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I think the author did a good job with bringing out all the ideas he had for the book in a really nice way. I love the conspiracy story and Amy’s doubt of her sanity and how it’s the greatest contributor to the suspense of in the book. Throughout the book I was mostly wondering what will happen next, and I think I was just as conflicted as Amy about her sanity which was just what kept me so hooked to the story. I recommend this book to lovers of psychological thrillers and conspiracy theories. Anyone who loves action would be glued to every page of this book, and turn the pages real fast.
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