Book Review: The Call of Cassandra Rose by Sophia Spiers

Trapped in an unhappy marriage, failing at motherhood, and at odds with her new privileged lifestyle, Annabelle begins to self-harm, a habit resurrected from her traumatic past.

When she meets the alluring and charismatic hypnotherapist Cassandra Rose, she is offered a way out.

Through hypnosis, Annabelle is encouraged to unearth her painful repressed memories and face her childhood demons. But as the boundaries between her hypnotic trance and reality begin to dissolve, Annabelle becomes increasingly vulnerable to much darker forces.

Filled with twists and suspense, The Call of Cassandra Rose is a chilling thriller that examines how trauma shapes our lives and asks whether we can ever really escape our pasts.


I went into The Call of Cassandra Rose with no expectations. It turned out to be a really great thriller. Full of twists and turns, it’s a book that keeps you gripped until the end.

I liked how the story unravelled. At a slower pace at the beginning, but accelerating faster and faster, with the help of short chapters to make it a snappy read. There were a handful of parts I felt the book could have done without but nothing that took away from my overall enjoyment.

Annabelle starts out as a bit of a cliche. The struggling new rich Mom from the wrong part of town. However, I soon found her to be a genuine character, true to herself and not one eager to fit in. While the twists in the book are unpredictable, Annabelle is a stable element to the story and the unexpected juxtaposition just added to this book.

If you are interested, you can buy The Call of Cassandra Rose here. However, please be aware beforehand that there are scenes of self-harm that may be triggering.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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