Happy ever after - not !
Review by Maryom
The story of a young woman who embarks on a spontaneous sexual relationship with a stranger. It's told in the first person by this un-named woman but the reader is soon aware of how abusive and manipulative this man is. Friends, family and work are abandoned and deceived as her whole life comes to revolve around the time spent with him. Her best friend, Alison, is dragged in to covering for increasing work absences and knows something is wrong but fails to understand the depths to which she's plunged through this obsession. In her saner moments the narrator realises she should cut herself loose but finds it impossible - something always draws her back.
Did I enjoy it? Well, enjoy doesn't seem to be the right word for it. It's most certainly NOT a feel-good novel - not one in which having fallen instantly for each other the hero and heroine walk off hand in hand into the sunset. It's a dark, menacing, disturbing read - very much an adult novel with adult theme and content. The characters are all too believable - I frequently wanted to give the woman a shake and tell her to stop this nonsense before it was too late. Having said that it's a very compelling read - though perhaps compelling in the way that watching an accident waiting to happen is. .
Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - Canon Gate
Genre - Adults Thriller
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