I would like to thank Netgalley and Chevy Stevens for allowing me an ARC in return for my unbiased review.
This book is intense. It is the first book i have read by this author, i now need more of her books if this is anything to go by.
It starts with Lindsay Nash, her husband Andrew and their daughter Sophie while they are on a family holiday. Lindsay is on guard as she can feel her husband building up to have a go at her or maybe worse. It could be down to the way she said “thank you” to a waiter, or that the fact the waiter briefing touched her finger when they exchanged a glass.. The fact that Andrew can notice something as subtle and innocent as this shows the intense scrutiny he has his wife under.
Andrew is possesive, jealous, controlling and has a drink problem, this cocktail of issues is not going to make for a happy holiday, marriage or family life. He watches and checks his wifes every movenment, comment and glance. He will accuse her of flirting, when in fact she is just being polite and friendly. He has cameras fitted around their home in case of burglary, but in fact she knows he is checking on her. This is only a small scale example of what he does there is so much more.
Eventually Lindsay summons the courage to take their daughter Sophie and leave the family home while Andrew is asleep, she cannot take the mental or physical abuse, his drinking has escalted and she fears for her life. On the night of the escape Andrew becomes involved in a car crash is arrested and imprisoned for 10 years.
Lindsay and Sophie begin a life without Andrew and things are going well until they hear that he has been released. Lindsay has a support group, friends and her own business. Sophie has school friends as well as school to attend before she goes off to university. Will this mean they move or stay? Will Andrew make an appearance in their lives? What will happen ?
This book moves through the lives of the main characters, it shows their angle on what their family life is like. How the abusive husband changes Lindsays whole character, how Sophie is aware of some of what is happening. It also shows how an abusive partner can be manipulative in such subtle ways that other observers don’t understand the danger that Lindsay is in. It explores the depths that a jealous human being can go to when he has to be in control of another persons every movement. It also explores the way the abuse victim becomes obsessed with every little detail in her life that she misses key observations with thinhgs going on around her. She becomes blinkered, trapped and paranoid.
If you think this story is going to be predictable, then you are very much mistaken. There are little twists throughout. The way Chevy Stevens deals with this subject is outstanding. I was hooked from the first few paragraphs right through to 1:30am finishing it. Once started I had to know what happened, I couldn’t put it down.
Would I recommend? Absolutley
Will I mention it to other people? Most definitley.
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