This book doesn't quite live up to its publishing hype, or - in my opinion - to the many highly positive reviews. Although the suspense builds very well in the second half, the first half is confusing at first, then settles into a long and tedious drag that, so slowly, finally becomes more promising.
The growing terror for an OCD victim getting to know someone, perhaps anyone.
She should have at least slightly varied Cathy's voice and presence between the two periods of time depicted. That's the confusing part, which I suspect would not have been so puzzling in print. However, I doubt I would have been patient enough to keep reading beyond chapter 40.
The basic story is quite thrilling.
This is by far one of the more captivating audio books I've heard. The story was a bit hard to follow at the begining because it skips from past to present and uses Catherine as the main character's name in the past and Kathy in the future. It took me a few chapters before I realized that it was the same woman (because she is so different after the abuse). After I realized this, it was a fantastic book. It really showed how controlling abusive men can be and how the abuse can affect a woman's psychology. The main character becomes very OCD and also suffers from PTSD. I would certainly reccomend this book.
This is my first book narrated by Karen Cass and I absolutely loved her. I've had some great listens and each one I think is good but Karen really was superb. I'm on Audible now hunting for more books read by her.
I initially started listening bit by bit, as I had the chance. As the story progressed I found myself listening for longer and longer, late into the night - way after I should have gone to sleep. I did the last few hours in one dose because I so wanted to know what was going to happen.
Each chapter hops between years (I think it was 2003 and 2007) but because the main character is so different earlier and then later in her life, it is easier to follow in listening that I expected.
Stewart seemed absolutely charming and as for Lee... what a psychopath! His personality was brilliantly conveyed. Catherine - poor lass! What she went through and then all the OCD stuff.
You can't go wrong with this book.
I would recommend this audiobook for those people who like a great story line and like great endings that are open for a second book. I sure hope the author comes through with a follow up book. She left the ending sort of open for another book.
I like how Kathy recovers from her obsessive abusive past boyfriend and moves on to a better life for herself. Even though at first she is major OCD and that sort of got on my nerves at first but after I realized "why" and "how" she became that way I felt for her.
The narrators did a great job.
I was always wanting for Kathy's revenge moment. I just knew it had to come eventually.
I really enjoyed this audiobook and was pleased with Elizabeth Haynes. I would read more from her.
I loved Karen's accent....very well done and her voice was very animated.
The Lee character was very intense and frightening.
Keeps you wanting to get to the next chapter. Good story made even better by the great narration. I would definitely recommend it.
I really enjoyed the narrator, Karen Cass, in this book. This book reminded me of listening to mysteries at night in the car when I was a child when my family was on the way home from a vacation - nice and spooky.
I liked the fact that the tension begins immediately and builds slowly throughout the book. And I love the narrator's accent.
I might not have put the same inflections in my mind if I had read the book that she does with the audio version. It made it much more interesting to me. And she didn't try to force different voices on the different characters - that can be annoying. However, I could still tell a distinction between characters. D. Thorpe was fine too, but his part was much shorter, so I really have no comment about him either way.
I found myself sitting in the garage for that extra few minutes to get to a stopping point or driving the long way home so I could listen to more. I also used headphones and listened while doing housework, exercising, etc. That's usually a good indication that the book is good.
I was very impressed by the author's ability to get inside the mind of the victim and give that voice credibility. This book was extremely authentic in the patterns that emerge in an abusive relationship.
I was riveted from the beginning; a normal girl, a normal life until the moment when everything changed.
Read this book, but do read the reviews and publisher's review. If this type of story is something that would offend of scare you - then simply don't read.
Tell us about yourself! i like thrillers and murder mysteries when im doing my art work, i enjoy teenage fiction as well
this is a fantastic thriller and a depressing but all too true insight into relationships and the mindgames played around domestic violence by both men and women.
I really enjoyed the narration as i lived in Lancaster for 2 years, i now live in Canada and the accents bought back many happy memories.
I would recommend this book to everyone but would add that any women who was struggling to come to terms with an abusive relationship or rape may find it upsetting if their was head was not quite in the right place. I can say this as i am very fortunate in never having experienced domestic violence ( i have had many crap relationships like everyone else!) but luckily avoided being raped a few years ago and know how peoples opinions (especially womens) press coverage, interviews with the police and court cases can really mess with your head and effect your self esteme
I hope this wasnt a spoiler, i dont usually write reviews and i really cant be bothered to correct grammar or spelling today but I did really enjoy this book and i could identify with some of the thinking of the main character as i experienced similar stuff myself after my near miss.I've come to terms with what happened to me, but still feel the need to put my two pennies in when people (both men and women) start giving opinnions on how people should react, and start giving blame to women who find themselves in situations which result in rape.
I found the book very entertaining and had to keep listening till the final chapters due to the excellent writing, plot and fantastic way in which the author portrayed a very grim story line.
cant think of one right now
excellent- very good accents
when cathy was no longer afraid of her vile ex boyfriend!
66 year old art/filmmaker.
I like the way the main character took charge of her life, although I'm not too sure about the later romantic ending, which didn't seem realistic.She would be more likely to go to India and start am organization to rescue abused women.
Haven't listened to any.
If a film were made, I would wish that the main character were a realistic, not overly beautiful woman. I'm tired of movies where the actor for the female detective has obviously been chosen for her beauty.