Review: You Sent Me A Letter by Lucy Dawson

you sent me a letter

At 2 a.m. on the morning of her fortieth birthday, Sophie wakes to find an intruder in her bedroom. The stranger hands Sophie a letter and issues an threat: open the letter at her party that evening, in front of family and friends, at exactly 8 p.m., or those she loves will be in grave danger.

What can the letter possibly contain?

This will be no ordinary party; Sophie is not the only person keeping a secret about the evening ahead. When the clock strikes eight, the course of several people’s lives will be altered for ever.



A few weeks ago I received a wedding invitation in the post and it completely baffled me for a minute or two as I racked my brain to think of who Sophie and Marc were. It slowly dawned on me that it must be a marketing campaign for a book and I was excited to see what happened next. A few days later I received You Sent Me A Letter in the post and all began to come clear!

Be warned that once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down! I picked it up on Saturday afternoon while waiting to watch the football on TV with my husband and I got so engrossed in the book that I missed the match completely! 

The novel opens with Sophie waking up to find an intruder in her bedroom; he gives her a letter and tells her she has to open it at 8PM at her 40th birthday party. Sophie is immediately panicked about who would want to frighten her in this way.

I loved how this book was very linear – it follows Sophie throughout the course of this one day leading up to her birthday party but even though the story stays with her, the tension ramps up nicely and the story never waivers and never falls flat. There are many layers to this novel, and it’s so well put together. I suspected quite early on that who Sophie believed was behind the letter was probably not really the culprit but I wasn’t sure about who it was until shortly before it was revealed. 

Lucy Dawson has made this whole novel believable when it could easily have become far-fetched. Sophie has a very eventful day where lots of things happen but because it was all in the lead up to her birthday party/secret wedding it made sense within that plot. Those days are always stressful and it does become hard to think clearly, and once you add the scary intruder into the mix it’s easy to understand why Sophie isn’t always rational in her behaviour. I was completely engrossed in Sophie’s story and felt like I was right there with her. 

This was the first novel I’ve read by Lucy Dawson but I’ll absolutely be buying her previous novels and excitedly awaiting her next! You Sent Me A Letter is fast-paced, engaging and thrilling! I rated this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from Corvus in exchange for an honest review.

You Sent Me A Letter is out now and available from all good book shops.


15 thoughts on “Review: You Sent Me A Letter by Lucy Dawson

    • Great idea, isn’t it? It totally threw me for a few minutes as I thought I must have completely forgotten I knew these people! It got me so intrigued though and when the book arrived I was very keen to start reading. Thank you 🙂

  1. Oh my sweet lord the letter thing is probably the best promo I’ve ever heard of! HAVE to read this!!!Love that you set out the premise but don’t give anything away!

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