It was a moment before Esther realised the terrible cry that could be heard up and down the surrounding corridors had come from her. She had no idea she was capable of making such a terrifying sound, but then she’d never been faced with such a harrowing sight before.
105,000 words, 319 pages, 7hrs to read
First Published by Independently Published
First Published 25th January 2024
4.30 out of 5 on Goodreads
Our rating: 4 out of 5
What is I’ve Been Waiting For You About?
Esther had a troubled upbringing, with a violent and law-breaking father, and had her mother pass away at the age of fourteen while her father was in prison. But she always had her brother, Matt, that was until she turned eighteen. Then his brother kept disappearing and turning up at the most random of times.
Roll on to today, her brother turns up again and quickly begins a relationship with one of her friends, Abi. But only two months into their relationship, Abi is found dead and Matt has gone missing. And now Esther must face her past in hopes of helping to find Matt, and she has to move quickly.
Matt’s life could depend on it.
A Bit About the Author
I’ve Been Waiting For You is the third book by Elaine Robertson North, first published in 2019 with her debut, I Can’t Tell You Why, back in 2019. Her second book followed in 2022 titled, Bring Me To Life.
North spent twenty-five years working in marketing and communications in the media and entertainment industries, which includes seven years marketing national newspapers. But she has always had the desire to write and eventually managed to give up the corporate life.
Elaine Robertson North lives in North London with her husband and their two sons.
What is Bad About I’ve Been Waiting For You?
Initially, I struggled to get into I’ve Been Waiting For You. I found the opening fifty to one hundred pages rushed and hard to follow. There was a steep learning curve of just understanding the dynamics of everyone’s relationship to each other. There were a few instances where I had to read over again just to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. This could just be the author’s style, and this is my first read of Elaine Robertson North (and it won’t be my last for sure), so it could just be me getting used to how she writes. As one example, and this won’t be spoilers as it’s basically on the first page of chapter two (really chapter one, as chapter one is more a prologue), where Esther opens the door to her brother, Matt. Esther’s boyfriend (Jamie) asks who it is, a whole conversation ensues, to end with Jamie declaring that he is leaving and going home, is he not already home? Now this is nothing major, but just one of a few things that took me a moment to adjust to the dynamics of their relationship.
There were a few things that were mentioned early on and seemed to be forgotten about until the end, now this is a minor spoiler, but I will do my best to keep it vague. Jamie mentions that Esther has been paranoid about feeling she is being watched and followed and yet she opens the door and invites Matt, who she barely really knows anymore. But then that was it until much, much later into the read. We don’t even get Esther’s feeling of paranoia anywhere, in fact, there are moments when she is doing the stalking. It felt like such a wasted opportunity to dive into her mentality and see her making choices and decisions that are affected by her feelings of being watched. But when it does come back in, there is quite the reveal to only have it flipped on its head to be something else – something which will be talked about in the next section of this review. So, in short, there were some things that Elaine Robertson North brought to the table, but didn’t quite manage to execute it as well as I would have hoped.
What’s so Good About I’ve Been Waiting For You?
After the first one hundred pages, I’ve Been Waiting For You really picked up. Even through the opening I was hooked on the story, I was intrigued. I will admit that early on with the read I thought this was going to be a different kind of story, finding Abi’s killer. But when that was answered pretty early on, well at least pretty well sussed out, I wondered which way this would go. And frankly, I was not disappointed.
The twists and turns that North put into this were insane, like the one I mentioned above with Esther’s feeling of paranoia (which I still feel like that there should have been more early on about this – not much, but just enough for us to believe that Esther does actually have these feelings) when we first get the answer behind it, to only find out that it is in fact something else entirely was incredible to discover. And with around one hundred pages left to go, North dropped another MASSIVE bombshell that blew me away. I instantly had to message someone about this revelation, and told him that things are heating up massively! And it all made sense, I had read a book recently (review to follow soon) where the author was so intent on having a twist no one saw coming that it was ridiculous. But what North has done in this, was so well done. The breadcrumbs had been dropped and boom! I enjoyed that one.
Overall, this has been a great read. If you can make it past the first hundred pages (again, there is nothing overtly wrong with this, I just struggled to get my head around everything) then you are in for one cracking read for fans of the thriller genre. While there are flaws with some early plot points, it all comes together in one neat bow tie. This is one book I will be recommending to people to give it a chance.
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Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and to Elaine Robertson North for the early access in exchange for an honest review and entry to the Book Tour.
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