SK Tremayne: The Assistant

This review is written with thanks to the TBC Reviewers Group for my copy of the book via Netgalley.


She watches you constantly.
Newly divorced Jo is delighted to move into her best friend’s spare room almost rent-free. The high-tech luxury Camden flat is managed by a meticulous Home Assistant, called Electra, that takes care of the heating, the lights – and sometimes Jo even turns to her for company.

She knows all your secrets.
Until, late one night, Electra says one sentence that rips Jo’s fragile world in two: ‘I know what you did.’ And Jo is horrified. Because in her past she did do something terrible. Something unforgivable.

Now she wants to destroy you.
Only two other people in the whole world know Jo’s secret. And they would never tell anyone. Would they? As a fierce winter brings London to a standstill, Jo begins to understand that the Assistant on the shelf doesn’t just want to control Jo; it wants to destroy her.


Many people, including me, have home assistants, so I was intrigued to read this very relevant, modern thriller. Jo’s home assistant, Electra, begins to malfunction from the first few pages so I was immediately drawn into this very cleverly written novel.

Most of the chapters are narrated by Jo and this made her situation seem very real, as she tried to make sense of what was happening around her. However, there are also chapters narrated by Jo’s friends and family. This gave me insight into Jo’s social circle and the impact it had upon her when it started to shrink. I found the novel chilling and I was desperate to know who was behind Jo’s destruction.

As Jo searches for answers, the tension in The Assistant rises and I was gripped until the very end. I even became very wary of my own device! There is a slight twist which made for an interesting conclusion.

The Assistant is available from Amazon

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