A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal’s debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.
His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns. At the university where she works. Her favorite sewing shop. The train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his gifts litter her mailbox. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more terrifying with each passing day. And as Rafe has made clear, he will never let her go.
Clarissa’s only escape from this harrowing nightmare is inside a courtroom - where she is a juror on a trial involving a victim whose experiences eerily parallel her own. There she finds some peace and even makes new friends, including an attractive widower named Robert, whose caring attentions make her feel desired and safe. But as a disturbingly violent crime unfolds in the courtroom, Clarissa realizes that to survive she must expose Rafe herself. Conceiving a plan, she begins collecting the evidence of Rafe’s madness to use against him - a record of terror that will force her to relive every excruciating moment she desperately wants to forget. Proof that will reveal the twisted, macabre fairy tale that Rafe has spun around them…with an ending more horrifying than her darkest fears.
Masterfully constructed, filled with exquisite tension and a pervasive sense of menace, The Book of You explores the lines between love and compulsion, fantasy and reality, and offers a heart-stopping portrait of a woman determined to survive. Claire Kendal’s extraordinary debut will haunt listeners long after it reaches its terrifying, breathtaking conclusion.
©2014 Claire Kendal (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
No, The novel was great, but the narrator was even better.
First of all, the narrator, the fear in her voice, and the way she carried over her character to the stalker. Second, the never ending "let up" by the stalker. It scares you to realize that women really are living like this.
THE FEAR AND EVIL IN HER VOICE!
At first I put yes, but I have to say no because I really needed to stop and take a break, the story was so unnerving.
Fairly predictable ending which is to be expected. It's the journey that the author and narrator take you through that is definitely worth the ride!!!
Just trying to find my next great read
What did I like best??? I can not answer that. However, what did I like least? The ending. After I listened to the entire story, it ends like that?!?! No epilogue, no real closure. Will there be a sequel? I could not believe how it ended. Great disappointment. Also, after listening to this story, not sure what to think of the judicial system.
I have not listened to any books by Claire Kendal before.
She was fine, I guess. She is not one I would seek to find another book that she narrated. Not sure she used the right tone with some of the dialogue. I feel that when a character was supposed to sound sympathetic, they sounded condensing.
Yes. The ending was awful. There was no closure. I would have given the book a 4 if there was an "ending".
When I started the book it was okay. I thought the heroine was weak and pathetic. However, I changed my mind when I saw all that was against her. Her stalker was sadistic. I began to understand her fears. The book did drag in certain spots. I noticed some of the descriptions could have been shortened. This is not necessarily one I recommend. If there is a sequel, I think I will read it. I did get attached to the characters. I also want to know how it all ends.
Not just a romance, not just a suspense. This book has the perfect mix of both!
The narrator does a fantastic job reading the character or Rafe, though he's our villain.
Yes! I listened to it in the car and every chance I got. Start to finish in about 4-5 days.
I wish Audible offered more books by the author!
A disquieting story. The narration by Orlagh Cassidy gives emotional weight to the terror felt by Clarissa, who is being victimized by an obsessive acquaintance. Not a light book, and it does not have a happy ending.
This book was recommended to me by Audible because I really enjoyed Gone Girl. I don't think this book is anything like Gone Girl. I could not finish this book, so maybe things change halfway through and I should have given it more of a chance. However, I couldn't make myself listen to it anymore. I did not care for the narrator's voice, did not connect to or care about the protagonist, and I found that listening to the description of the stalker's actions/words was completely disgusting. Gone Girl's Amy is a strong female protagonist. Clarissa is anything but. Also, if I had to listen to the narrator say "you" one more time, I would have imploded. Strong dislike, wish I could have my 1 credit back.
so very slow to get into, but yet still makes you want to finish. weird ending too. overall I wouldn't recommend it
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