If you're looking for a romance a la 50 Shades, look elsewhere. This is a story about a woman in the grip of Stockholm Syndrome.
The book wal..Show More »ks a fine line between magnificent and rubbish. That sounds extreme but really, one can't help losing sympathy for the main character (Claire) for being so utterly stupid and for making such utterly awful decisions. Perhaps only an experienced psychiatrist can comment on the believability and reality of the story.
The fact remains, though, that she had to be extraordinarily strong to cope with the kind of torture she endured. Kidnapped, raped, beaten almost to death, terrorised... She ended up falling in love with him in the face of the abuse. This is where the psychiatrist should weigh in.
The story dragged out a bit too long - as awful as the abuse is, it's tempting to skip some chapters because they'll be more of the same.
Most reviews applaud the narrator. IMO, she's simply not the right voice for this story. The story needed gravitas, not an irritating sing song cheeriness that's entirely inappropriate for the extreme content of this story.
The writing itself is highly variable. Her editor should have spotted the many malapropisms. The author isn't very knowledgeable about using adjectives as verbs, gerands and adverbs.
I don't want to be one of 'those' people, but I also question the wisdom of a book like this. There's so much genuine abuse of women in the world and this, by the plot's passivity, offers no real indictment of Anthony's behaviour.
I'm not sure if I'll read the second book: the summary says that Claire and Anthony will get back together and that turns my stomach. The man should be in a mental institution in a padded cell, isolated and removed from the rest of the planet for as long as he lives.