Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing It’s Behind You by Kathryn Foxfield.
It’s Behind You follows five teenagers participating in a reality TV show where they have to spend twenty four hours in a haunted cave in a bid to win their share of £10,000. Things start out with the usual scares but before long things take a turn for the worst and they’re locked in, with twists and turns around every corner and the teenagers’ hidden motives and secrets being dramatically unveiled.
I think it’s safe to say It’s Behind You was completely different to anything else I’ve read this year. Foxfield successfully combined multiple original elements and it all came together to make a really wonderful and enjoyable book. I really loved reading it all come together and watching the mystery unfold before me as I read.
Of course, the main thing which made this book stand out was the reality TV show aspect. I’ve never actually read any books that have used this tool before, and I found it really interesting to read. The TV show aspect really added an extra something as well as more direction and an extra dimension to the book – it definitely gave Foxfield more of a story to tell as well as making the reader guess what was real, and what was just the production team trying to mix things up.
The reality TV show also provided a great way to break things up, by means of the interviews. The interviews were such a good tool of Foxfield’s – in addition to splitting the story up, they also provided the reader with more information, providing some answers but also giving me more questions, which were all answered by the end. The interviews were definitely really helpful in terms of finding out more about contestants and guessing what they might’ve been hiding, and I really think that they were all placed perfectly.
I also loved the characters. I think the characters really made the book for me, as they were all incredibly different and had such strong personalities. Although I did kind of hate both the protagonist (Lex) and a couple of the other teenagers at the beginning, they definitely grew on me, and it was really nice watching them mature more. This was particularly true of Lex, who was incredibly defensive, brazen and selfish at the beginning, but did something incredibly selfless at the end.
Leading on from that, I also really enjoyed the really strong friendships. I really enjoyed the dynamic in the group and found it really interesting watching them interact. By far my favourite friendship was Lex and Python’s, who, despite their initial bickering, actually developed a really lovely friendship and had a great bond. I really loved the humour between them and their overall exchanges.
Of course, all of the humour in this book was brilliant. It was a really stark contrast to the dark, terrifying moments when they were trapped and all the horror going on around them, but I really enjoyed reading it. It stopped the book from getting too dark and also really helped break up the tense moments . The humour was definitely one of the things which really stood out to me in It’s Behind You!
Anyone who’s previously read my past thriller/mystery reveals will also know how important action is for me in this genre, and it’s safe to say this didn’t disappoint. Although the first 100 or so pages didn’t have that much action, the rest of the book more than made up for it, with action literally up until the very last pages. There was never a dull moment and I really enjoyed all the jump scares and other tense moments when they were exploring the cave – I feel like it could be made into a really great movie someday, too!
I also really enjoyed the number of twists and turns. Just when I thought they were over, Foxfield hit me with another one, which I really appreciated. It literally kept me guessing until the end and I really enjoyed it. Although I did guess the main twist at the end, by the time it came around I was still really shocked as I’d changed my mind again due to all the other turns the story took.
I think the one thing which I wasn’t a fan of was the ending. Although Foxfield did provide an epilogue to answer some of the inevitable questions that would’ve came up, she still didn’t address the major one, which was really annoying. I know some readers like it when things are left open to interpretation, but I personally really don’t like this. The only possible thing I can think of would be that Foxfield was setting up for a sequel, although I’m not entirely sure where this would go.
I also would’ve liked it if this story followed multiple POVs, as Lex really annoyed me at the start, and there were also moments where it would’ve been nice to see someone else’s perspective (for example when the group accidently split). Altogether, though, I suppose this is quite a minor point, and definitely not necessary to enjoy the book.
Overall, I would recommend this for anyone looking for a suspenseful thriller with bold characters and a multitude of twists and turns. I would also recommend it for anyone searching for thriller which really stands out the rest – the drama and reality show aspects truly made this an exceptional read!
I hope you enjoyed this review!