The Assistant by SK Tremayne – review.


What would you do if your home assistant turned evil?

‘Terrifyingly believable and utterly gripping.’ Lisa Jewell

‘The Assistant is the definition of suspense!’ Jeffery Deaver

She’s in your house. She controls your life. Now she’s going to destroy it.

From the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller

She watches you constantly.

Newly divorced Jo is delighted to move into her best friend’s spare room almost rent-free. The high-tech luxury Camden flat is managed by a meticulous Home Assistant, called Electra, that takes care of the heating, the lights – and sometimes Jo even turns to her for company.

She knows all your secrets.

Until, late one night, Electra says one sentence that rips Jo’s fragile world in two: ‘I know what you did.’ And Jo is horrified. Because in her past she did do something terrible. Something unforgivable.

Now she wants to destroy you.

Only two other people in the whole world know Jo’s secret. And they would never tell anyone. Would they? As a fierce winter brings London to a standstill, Jo begins to understand that the Assistant on the shelf doesn’t just want to control Jo; it wants to destroy her.

‘Chilling’ Sunday Times

‘Brilliant! Horribly plausible’ Reader’s Digest

About the author

S. K. Tremayne is a bestselling novelist and award-winning travel writer, and a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world. The author’s debut psychological thriller, The Ice Twins, was picked for the Richard and Judy Autumn 2015 Book Club and was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller.

Born in Devon, S. K. Tremayne now lives in London and has two daughters.

My thoughts

Wowsers! This psychological thriller was like no other. I love the concept of tech behaving badly and I thought main character, Jo Ferguson, was brilliantly written. I’m going to look at my Alexa in a different light from now on – haha.

This book kicked off with a bang at early doors, introducing characters who could all be behind the bizarre occurrences that Jo was experiencing, that included herself too. These so called occurrences were creepy, suffocating and mesmerising, all at the same time.

I really enjoyed the wintery Camden setting and after having spent a snowy week there in the past, it felt so real taking in all the descriptions during the story. It’s also my favourite part of London. I could picture Jo passing the train station, the pubs and the roads.

Cars’s character was inspired. Such a great and uplifting addition to the story.

If you love a fast psychological thriller which will have you guessing at everyone, that will keep you up at night to finish, that can tap into our everyday fears of our tech, this book is definitely for you. The end is mind blowing.

Right – I’m saying adios and switching to aeroplane mode before my tech tries to kill me! 😅

By Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestseller, The Next Girl.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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