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The Book of You Audiobook

The Book of You: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Zachary 04-23-16
    Zachary 04-23-16 Member Since 2014

    Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)

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    "The Book of You: A Novel"
    Would you listen to The Book of You again? Why?

    No, The novel was great, but the narrator was even better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    THE FEAR AND EVIL IN HER VOICE!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CJ 12-09-14
    CJ 12-09-14 Member Since 2015

    Just trying to find my next great read

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    "What a disappointing ending."
    What did you like best about The Book of You? What did you like least?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Claire Kendal before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any books by Claire Kendal before.


    Did Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Do you think The Book of You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. The ending was awful. There was no closure. I would have given the book a 4 if there was an "ending".


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MMetz 06-03-14
    MMetz 06-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "At first I wasn't sure, but I couldn't stop listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not just a romance, not just a suspense. This book has the perfect mix of both!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator does a fantastic job reading the character or Rafe, though he's our villain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Naughty, naughty!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I listened to it in the car and every chance I got. Start to finish in about 4-5 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible offered more books by the author!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Stewart 05-25-14
    Ray Stewart 05-25-14
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    "Creepy"

    Not many nice people in this story and the stalker was especially creepy. Not on the top of my list for books I would recommend to friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 07-26-15
    Ruth Bain 07-26-15

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    "Creepy and depressing"

    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.

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    Katie 07-17-14
    Katie 07-17-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you try another book from Claire Kendal and/or Orlagh Cassidy?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany N. Bockholt Gainesville, GA, US 09-03-15
    Tiffany N. Bockholt Gainesville, GA, US 09-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "odd plotline"

    so very slow to get into, but yet still makes you want to finish. weird ending too. overall I wouldn't recommend it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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