I listen to this book while I clean the house - I actually get excited to clean the house now so I can listen. I love the narrator and I love the story,
I think this story was well-written, well-told, and realistic. I thought during this book that if someone had gone through a similar situation in real life, they would have some serious coping issues due to the subject matter. I couldn't give it a 5 because I like to read more cheerful fiction. I read suspense or other genres just for a change of pace.
I sat in the garage when I got home because I wanted to keep listening.
Karen Cass' narration was amazing.
When you know something terrible is going to happen, you don't want to watch, but you just can't look away...I actually tried to stop listening to this one, but I had to go back and finish it. Great story, well read.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
It's interesting to note that Elizabeth Haynes is (was?) in law enforcement, lending more veracity to the chilling story of a young woman in the grips of PTSD. Her penchant for detail allows us to see into the interiors of the bars, houses, and along the cold English shore woven into this thriller--most definitely cinematic. Although the novel is suspenseful, some of the characters are simply foils for the main character, Cathy, who struggles with debilitating fear. Having just recently been robbed while I was asleep in my home, the whole "what was that noise?" really resonated with me. Frightening.
I like thrillers, especially ones with psychological aspects, and I don't like poorly written books. I stay away from series because the writing tends to become formulaic. I was unsure about this book for several reasons--not least of all because I work in mental health, and it seemed like I would be taking my work home with me to listen to this story!
However, I loved it and couldn't stop listening. The writing is intelligent, the characters realistic, the dark scenes are intense but the nerve and humor of the main character keeps this book from descending into pathos. It's a fun listen, full of action, romance and suspense. Don't miss it!
Yes, I'm sure I'll listen to it again in the distant future. I found the story really compelling, and the fact that this kind of thing happens in life made it somehow scarier.
The plot kept me engaged from the first minute. Though we already knew certain things weren't happen, I still kept hoping against all hope that they would. The heroine in this story is thoroughly sympathetic, and this was the first time I felt like I could really understand how somebody could get sucked into an abusive situation. The leaps between present and past also kept the pace really fast.
One of the best I've listened to on a very difficult topic.
Cathy was so weak but yet so, so tough
They brought the characters to life and kept the plot thick.
It scared me to death and made me realize how easy it would be to shift blame to a victim.
This book was captivating! It moved a little slow through the first half but I couldn't put it down near the end. The reader is fabulous, she pulls you right into the story. Language is a bit harsh but if you don't mind that, it's an awesome thriller.
I would go e this book 5 stars. Among some of the best out of more then 200.
There are too many memorable moments to count. U will feel yourself being pulled into Cathy's horror film life, and u won't be able to stop listening.
I had 2 start writing this review while only listening to about 75% so far. I just felt the need to do it while my feelings were so fresh. The parts that moved me most was Cathy's fear and bravery at the same time. I was moved by every blow, every terrible, cruel, sadistic, punishment inflicted on Cathy. I felt sorry for her.
This book is not for anyone who can not read about horrible, terrible, demonically, crazed abuse and the traumatic effects.