I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of ‘The Prank’ by L.V. Matthews earlier this year. I was really excited when the book arrived and now, I have read I will be looking out for any future books by this author.
This book follows the narrator Eleanor Greene (El), a young woman living in London working as a waitress in an up-market restaurant.
Whilst working in the restaurant she comes across a customer who she recognises, but she can’t remember how. After looking into them more she discovers a link to her father’s death.
El comes across a site on the internet talking about revenge and decides to take the steps to build a plan to destroy this person’s life. She meets someone online called Horsehead who agrees to help her with her plan.
El soon becomes obsessed with her mission as she tries to deal with her grief, but how far will she go?
I loved reading this book, as El is a very relatable character, and it is quite scary to think that anyone could be tempted to plot revenge when finding themselves in this situation. El’s character develops through the story, changing her from a woman who would not want to move out of comfort zone to becoming a very strong woman. In some ways I wish I could be like El, but not the revenge part of course.
There were parts of the book that made me laugh, some that were emotional and there were other moments where I was shocked.
Overall, a brilliantly written debut thriller which is very relevant in society today.