Genre: Psychological Thriller

Age: 18+ (language, violence, sexual situations)

Recommendation: yes,especially to those that love Gillian Flynn.

Type: stand-alone novel

Summary: This book was really good. It sucked me in from the beginning. +Great plot line with escalating action +Multi-dimensional characters. +Scandal for days.


“‘Well…All of you think I’m crazy, and I don’t know anymore, I’m starting to doubt myself,’ she says.’You know, sometimes when you’re really hurt it’s hard not to get dictated by it. It makes you do things you never would’.”

Full Review:

Give It Back is an up and coming thriller by Danielle Esplin. I was excited to give this book a read because I began with no idea of what it was about. I not only discovered truth behind the series of events that occurred step by step but I also got to start with a clean slate and make up my own ideas of what encompassed the book as I went along. The little things in life eh?

This book was well written, imaginative and suspenseful. The story is told from the point of view of three different people. Lorraine, the majority narrator in the beginning of the story. Lexy, the Au pair employed by Lorraine that is responsible for watching her two sons and Ella, Lorraine’s sister. I am really hesitant to reveal very many details because this is one book that I have read where I really didn’t know who committed the crime, why they did it or how in the hell they managed to pull it off. So I will do my best to tell you how awesome this book is without ruining the experience for you.

From the three POV’s that this book is written in we really get to know those involved intimately and the characters are built up very well. By allowing us to follow the sequence of events through three different perspectives you find yourself going back and forth trying to figure out who is guilty and who isn’t. There is a lot of insight into how each  thinks through their inner monologues and it further hinders your ability to figure out what happened and who was responsible. There is a past and a present feel to the writing. It is so well balanced between giving you intricate details and intentionally leaving open ended questions that you find yourself paying extra attention so you don’t miss anything.

Without giving anything away, as this book is in its editing stage still I think, I will tell you a few basics that will help you get an idea if it is something you would like.

Two people disappear. We have no idea what happened to them or if a crime is even committed. The main possible witness is unreliable and unstable. This creates not only a lack of information but also turns suspicion on whether or not they were involved. One of the missing has an extremely checkered past and a recent string of actions that creates reason to believe that they could be involved as well. The police are withholding evidence and no one can quite get their stuff together.

The only thing about this book that I found a bit vexing is the ending. Not the big explanation  where we finally figure out what is going on, that was great. But the very last few pages felt very up in the air to me. Like perhaps there was another paragraph or two missing or it is almost as if there is going to be a sequel. The ending also left you questioning whether or not you really read what you think you read during the climax of the action or if maybe you were just led to believe something and perhaps something else did occur. I am also tempted to go back and read that part again to further clarify that nagging in the back of my mind.

I really would recommend this book to anyone age eighteen and up. I don’t often come across writing that I think would appeal to people interested in any genre but this book just feels like it is made for a general audience.



Disclaimer: I obtained an advanced reader copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Danielle Esplin!