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Review by Suze
Sophie is engaged to a man named Marc. Unfortunately he can't be home on the morning of her fortieth birthday and Sophie has to spend the night on her own. When she wakes up at 2 a.m. she finds a man in her bedroom who's watching her, someone she's never seen before. He gives her a letter which she's supposed to read at her party that evening. He threatens to do something awful to her loved ones if she doesn't do what he says. She can't tell anyone about the letter and she has to keep it safe until the evening. She has no idea what it says and still has the entire day to get through.
Sophie's birthday is supposed to be a special day. Her family and Marc have done everything they can to make the party memorable. Unfortunately Sophie can't enjoy any of it. She's distracted and stressed. They don't know what's going on with her and she can't say anything about it. Who's behind the letter and why does this person want to harm Sophie?
You Sent Me a Letter is a gripping read about a woman who has an awful fortieth birthday. Sophie's birthday party is supposed to be a spectacular surprise, only it doesn't work out because Sophie has that letter. Lucy Dawson manages to create a lot of suspense in a subtle way. Sophie thinks she knows who is behind the threats and the letter, but she doesn't know for sure. It's quite scary if someone's out to get you like that. And she has done something she regrets which doesn't make things any easier for her as well. I felt really bad for Sophie, for being in a situation like that.
I read this book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. The story is not extremely creepy, but the suffocating atmosphere and Sophie's panic kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I loved this original story and think You Sent Me a Letter is a really good, thrilling read.