Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell

Exhibit Alexandra

A shocking, original psychological thriller about a mother gone missing and the family she leaves behind, ultimately proving how unknowable even those closest to us can be Alexandra Southwood is missing. Held in a room against her will, she's forced to imagine how her husband, Marc, and two daughters are coping in the wake of her disappearance. She's shown news clips of Marc, desperately appealing to the public for information on her whereabouts....

Details Exhibit Alexandra

TitleExhibit Alexandra
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherCrown Publishing Group (NY)
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Contemporary, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Exhibit Alexandra

  • Paromjit
    This is a fascinating, intelligent and twisted psychological thriller debut from Natasha Bell, with echoes reminiscent of aspects of Gone Girl. Alexandra Southwood is an academic, living in York with her husband, Marc and her two children. She is happily married until the day she disappears. Bell ventures into the world of art, referencing a number of actual performance artists, the relationship between art and life, concept art and identity. A f...
  • Kendall
    Wow... what a fascinating and unique psychological thriller by Natasha Bell. It's so refreshing when an author has a different eye for the clever ;). And my goodness .... this one has a different eye for sure.Alexandra Southwood is living in York with her husband Marc and their beautiful two daughters Charlotte and Lizzie. Alexandra is happily married until the day she disappears. Heart-broken Marc refuses to believe that his wife is dead even th...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Pengiun UK - Michael Joseph for an advance copy of Exhibit Alexandra, a psychological thriller set in York.Marc Southwood returns home one Thursday to find his wife Alexandra missing. This is very unlike her as she is a loving wife and a bit of a homebody. The police investigation gets nowhere but gradually a rather different picture of Alex emerges.I would like to say I thoroughly enjoyed Exhibition Alexandra ...
  • Roman Clodia
    A lot of what I'm writing almost definitely never happened. I wasn't there, obviously, I was missing. Gone. Hmm, this is a difficult book to review: by the end we can appreciate how audacious it is, and the ideas at its heart are underpinned by postmodern theory about the wavering, porous lines between art and life, performance and identity - yet, for all this good stuff, the majority of the narrative is laboured and dull. Way too much time is sp...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Quite frankly, this is one of the hardest books to review for me because there's SO much I want to say but everything I want to discuss will spoil you, dear reader friends... and I REFUSE to do that. This book journeys through Alexandra's memories of her history with her husband, building her family, what she believes her family (especially her husband) is going through in the aftermath of her disappearance and her discussions with her captor. Mi...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com This wasn't quite what I expected; I feel like the synopsis reads more as a thriller/ mystery (and did really make me excited to read this, to be fair) but in reality is more of a slow burning analysis of Alexandra and her family/ relationships from when she met her husband Marc in college to the present day. I don't want to give anything away so I'll keep this brief, but we find out a lot more about Alexandr...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ***Thank you to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of EXHIBIT ALEXANDRA by Natasha Bell in exchange for my honest review.***Marc’s wife Alex disappears leaving him distraught and fearing the worst. The reality is far more bizarre that he could have imagined.EXHIBIT ALEXANDRA is gimmicky and manipulative from the first page to the last. Alex narrates the chapters, even the ones where she’s not present based on how she thinks h...
  • michelle
    I would like to thank Penguin Michael Joseph and Netgalley for a copy of this book. I find this story really hard to review as for its uniqueness. Alexandra Southwood is a mother and academic and also an artist. She goes missing one day. But, her husband Marc and her family and friends don’t give up searching for her. The story is narrated by Alexandra herself and it tells of how Marc and herself met, and the lives of their friends and family a...
  • Liz Barnsley
    "Exhibit Alexandra" is a different take on a psychological thriller - very clever and somewhat insightful and highly likely to divide opinion. The central theme, if you like, is a little niche and will appeal wildly to some readers and leave others scratching their heads. Life imitating art imitating life - although I saw very early on where the author was going with this, the journey was all the more fascinating for that.I'm not an art critic an...
  • Patricia
    I've got to say, I had a good bit figured out early. Hence, I became a bit bored. Received for an honest review.
  • Patrycja
    I won this book through GoodReads giveaway.I liked the idea of the story. The novel is build in fresh, unique way. I liked that the main character tells it how she thinks everything unfolded, even though she didn't really witness the events.I like that at the same time the story was unfolding forward, it also was going back in time to explain present events and show the connection. This is really a great read, but I didn't feel completely absorbe...
  • Claire Douglas
    I loved this. I thought it was taut, intelligent and beautifully written with an original twist. I don't want to say too much because I'd hate to give away spoilers but highly recommended.
  • OutlawPoet
    So, in the beginning part of this book, I thought this would be a four-star read.I liked our characters and the mystery was compelling. I thought I had figured things out – the author’s clues were subtle, but there if you were paying attention.I was enjoying it.Then, the author did the unforgivable…she spoiled her own book.Roughly a third of the way through, the author introduces a peripheral character – a character completely unimportant...
  • Julie Lacey
    I did enjoy this book but it was a bit strange...Alexandra is an artist at heart. Life seems good for her and Marc and she moves back to the UK with him and then gets married and has two daughters. We then find out she doesn’t come home one night after work. Marc is adamant that this is out of character so calls the Police but it takes them a while to take this seriously. The story is told by Alexandra herself and it also tells of how Marc and ...
  • Sarah
    This is a provocative thriller, and the subject matter puts it a cut above similar books in the genre. As much a book about life imitating art imitating life, the book deals with the age old dilemma faced by women, can we really have it all? Most of the women in the book are complex characters, even those right on the periphery (such as the artist daughter of one of Alex's friends) and questions are raised about how much partners really understan...
  • Jess Richardson
    This was a funny read as I got to the end and couldn't decide on whether I liked it or not! I had worked out the basis to the plot about two thirds of the way in however there were still some things that I hadn't recognised would happen which was good.The writing style needed my attention as it flitted a lot from person to time as well so it needed some understanding of who/when the story was from.The plot was pretty screwed up and Natasha Bell i...
  • Colette Lamberth
    What a fabulous book. It’s tricky to review without spoiling it for those yet to read it but I think it will be great for book club discussions. I was completely duped by the author and with the benefit of hindsight I don’t know why I didn’t figure it out sooner. Highly recommended.My thanks to Michael Joseph for the copy of Exhibit Alexandra received via NetGalley.
  • Kate
    Solid 3.5 / 5A little too much like GONE GIRL for my taste, but I’m a fan of the last few pages.
  • Autumn Sara
    ***Review also posted at my blog here: http://bit.ly/2zvlQWj***A few weeks ago, I won my first Goodreads giveaway, an advanced readers' copy of Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell. It came about a week ago, and I finally finished it. It's one of those loving wife and mother goes missing, leaving her loved ones forced to face the uncomfortable secrets she's been hiding.I loved it.Exhibit Alexandra started out a bit slowly. I found myself somewhat un...
  • Mike Sumner
    Unfathomable. Using performance art as the main theme much of this went completely over my head. Marc and Alexandra, on the face of it, are happily married with two lovely daughters. Then Alexandra disappears and the humdrum treadmill of time passed since her disappearance takes over, as the police try to establish what has happened. What has happened is almost undefineable. One line said it all for me: (Marc) shaking his head at such incomprehen...
  • Mary Picken
    Exhibit Alexandra is an original and thought provoking novel. I stayed awake thinking about it long after I had read the last page. Not an easy book to review because it raises quite a few disturbing questions, not least of which is whether women can really have both what they need and what they want. Whether conformity suppresses who we are and strips us of our liberty.Alex was a young woman studying art when she met Marc Southwood. Studying at ...
  • MisterHobgoblin
    Exhibit Alexandra is a suspense-mystery. Alex Southwood is a junior academic, based in York, happily married to Marc and mother of two children. One day she leaves home but never returns. This is the story she narrates from captivity somewhere, imagining how her family would have dealt with the aftermath of her disappearance. Alex imagines the initial missing person report; the growing replacement of hope with grief; the police suspicions.Alex im...
  • Ashley Maynard
    What is art worth? Exhibit Alexandra is a riveting, unputdownable, and utterly confounding piece of literature that explores the impactfulness of art, the impact parents have on their children, art's commentary and impact on society, and the confines of a patriarchal society---all in the most fucked-up way possible. Up till the end, even as, like the book's synopsis suggests, you discover Alex's secrets and deceptions, you're led to believe Alex ...
  • Nicki Southwell
    Alex and Marc have been married for a number of years. They have 2 daughters, Lizzie and Charlotte, and live in York. They met when Alex home from Chicago where she was on an art course and living with a friend Amelia. Amelia was very annoyed that Alex didn't go back to support her until the end of the art course.Now they both work at the university, Alex part-time whilst the girls are young.Her mother lives on the south coast and is in a care ho...
  • Karin Goczkowski
    Perfect book for those who liked Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and Couple Next Door. This is a read that will have you pondering the very depths of human morality and art ethics. Written from a first-person perspective assuming the events that happen after her disappearance, Alexandra Southwood engulfs the reader in her mystery. I would classify this book as a drama filled mystery (my favorite kind). These characters are truly set apart from othe...
  • Sara
    Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell a four-star read that will twist your brain. This is possibly one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write, as I so scared I will include a spoiler and I hate spoilers!! Alexandra tells us the story in her own way and words. It’s a phycological thriller but it’s not the one you are expecting to read, it’s so much more. There was so much going on in this story, it could have been confusing as there is...
  • Jill Brown
    This was a very original book that I felt was fairly slow to start but a very interesting and worthwhile read so I am glad I stuck with it. It tells the story of Alexandra - artist, mother of 2 and wife to the lovely Marc. Alex disappears without trace and we discover that she is being held hostage whilst her frantic family attempt to find her. Eventually everyone around him believes that Alex is dead but Marc is adamant that she is still alive a...
  • Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    One day Alex Southwood disappears without a trace, leaving her husband completely distraught and determined to find out what happened to his wife. She is being held against her will, being forced to imagine what her disappearance is doing to her family and left wondering if she will ever be able to return to the life that she left behind. From there the story alternates between her thoughts, and struggles and her husbands troubling discoveries an...
  • Susan Foulkes
    3.5*I'm still not sure what to think of this book.It began as a thriller, Alexandra is missing, blood is found, she's been abducted or murdered...or so we are led to believe.Her husband, Marc, refuses to believe she's dead, and keeps searching for her long after the police have given up. The phrase "be careful what you wish for" springs to mind.This part of the book I enjoyed, and I was expecting more of the same...sadly I was wrong.Yes, the stor...
  • Nalene
    I received a free advanced copy as a Goodreads giveaway win.Really a 3.5 would be more accurate here. This book kept me interested not because of the beauty of the prose or the subtle characterization (in fact, some of the latter was quite heavy-handed), but I simply wanted to know if I was right in my "guess" as to the twist to be revealed at the end. To that purpose, Bell does keep her promises to the reader and explains everything in the end i...