Review: “The Woman Inside” by Anna-Lou Weatherly

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ominous, spellbinding, and utterly disturbing, “The Woman Inside” by Anna-Lou Weatherly sucks you in from the very first page and keeps you submerged until the very end when you resurface, shocked and out of breath from the deadly twist.

About the Book

“The Woman Inside” by Anna-Lou Weatherly

Daisey Garrett wakes up in a hospital bed. She remembers her boyfriend has left her for another woman but she doesn’t remember what happened to her. The night she was attacked in her own home.

Daisey shouldn’t be alive but against all odds, she’s survived an ordeal most would never recover from. And her new friend and roommate Iris will help her get back on her feet.

But Daisey’s mind is broken. She’s on edge, drinking too much and as she sits across from her cheating ex, Luke, in the beautiful home they once shared together, she can’t shake the feeling that she is being watched.

Yet tiny fragments of Daisey’s memory are starting to come back to her.

The missing pieces of that fateful summer night are beginning to surface…

The lies she told the police.

The lies Luke told her.

Iris will help her find the truth, won’t she?

My Review

Ominous, spellbinding, and utterly disturbing, “The Woman Inside” by Anna-Lou Weatherly sucks you in from the very first page and keeps you submerged until the very end when you resurface, shocked and out of breath from the deadly twist. Although it’s the fourth book in the Detective Dan Riley series, it can easily be read as a standalone.

After Daisey Garrett barely survives an attack from a serial killer, amnesia prevents her from recalling the horrific event. The last thing she remembers was being with her cheating ex-fiancé the morning before, a detail she hides from the police at his request. Her mind broken and her body scarred, she starts drinking more to cope with her forever-changed life. Luckily, her new flat mate Iris is there for her, offering friendship and a sense of security, especially when fragmented memories of the attack start to come back. She can’t shake the feeling that she’s somehow familiar with her attacker, even if she can’t recall his face.

Detective Dan Riley has no clues to the identity of the killer. Daisey regaining her memory is the best chance he has to stop whoever it is before he strikes again. He hopes hypnotherapy will help Daisey, as well as the case. But it may be too late. Another girl is dead. Daisey is missing. It’s a tense, breathless last couple of chapters that bring the story to a close.

“The Woman Inside” by Anna-Lou Weatherly is an engrossing, hard-to-put-down psychological thriller that sneaks up on you. It reads more like crime fiction for most of the novel. Although Daisey has amnesia, her mental state does little to drive the plot as is expected in the genre. Instead, it’s Detective Riley’s hunt for the killer. But never fear… unless you’re Daisey. The killer lurks in the shadows of the pages, his creepy, ominous vibe growing the more you read. Just as he does with Daisey, he’ll feel familiar to you, like you’ve met him in one of the secondary storylines. You’ll be blown away when you realize who he is and how this character’s mental state helped drive the plot all along — without you realizing it.

“The Woman Inside” by Anna-Lou Weatherly wasn’t what I was expecting before I read it or even after a few chapters in. It was better. Much better. Now, I’m going back to read the other books in this series!

Thank you to Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherly for an advanced eARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.