This is a very dark and painful book to read. I however, could not put it down. It was so well written and so graphic and real, I felt like I was there with this poor lost woman who had her life shattered and became something that none of us would wish on our worst enemy. I am a little paranoid myself about double checking that doors are locked and I make sure I unplug things when I leave the house for fear of a fire, but I am in no way as paranoid and ultimately destroyed as this woman has become. It is painful to read what happens to her and to be shocked that her friends betray her and turn against her also when she needed them the most. I am outraged and cannot for the life of me figure out how a friend could not.now her friend was truly in danger. This book will bring about feelings that we all share sometimes in our "what ifs" mind, but this woman had to actually live thru it and by the end of the book, she is nothing like what she is in the beginning. Here is an expert:
When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can't believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.This book actually sent chills up my spine and outrage that any woman who calls themselves your best friend would not believe you or support you and who ultimately, when asked to testify, claimed everything was Catherine's fault! I got so pissed off, I almost threw the book away! I could not believe that someone you know and love would suddenly turn on you, but later in the book we find out why. Her very dear friend was also sleeping with Lee and he told her how awful Catherine was to him and how jealous and that she was cutting herself and threatening to kill herself. But you know, if someone told me that about my best friend, I would need some pretty serious proof! In this day and age when nothing is sacred anymore, I don't believe anything unless I see it with my own two eyes or hear it out of the mouth of that person.
But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee's dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off. Turning to her friends for support, she's stunned to find that they don't believe her. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.
Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine--now Cathy--is trying to build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma of the past still haunts her. Trusting no one, she complusively checks every lock, every window, every door of her apartment, and varies her route home each day. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life.
Until the day the phone rings.
Poor Catherine, though, was being dumped on by him and her friends and instead of giving up, she fought long and hard and he almost won if it was not by sheer accident that a neighbor thought something was off and went to investigate and found Catherine handcuffed to a radiator and beaten within an inch of her life. Among her injuries were scores of cuts that he made all over her body. He left her so scarred she had to wear long sleeved blouses and high collars so that no one in her new city and job would see them.
How she maintained her composure at work was never fully explained in the book but mostly focused on how she acted away from work. I would have liked to have had a little bit better explanation of the whole work thing but other than that, the book will keep you riveted to it until the very end and even that is not a very good feeling ending. It makes me think that there might be a sequel coming down the pike later.
Even after she met Stuart and he is a doctor and gets her help with another doctor that he is friends with, he sorta lets her down a few times. I think that doctor's would be better equipped to tell when someone is truly afraid or has reason to be. Don't get me wrong, I think Stuart was the best thing that could have happened to Catherine, but when she really needed him to believe her, he thought maybe she was a little off her rocker, when in fact, she was deadly right.
How the two of them mananged to stay alive and come thru this whole ordeal was a good thing and she even made peace with her friend, who in the end, needed her to help her because she was the one handcuffed in the basement when all of this comes to a head. Thank God Catherine did not abandon her the way that she had abandoned Catherine. I don't know if I would have been so forgiving, but this wasn't my book to write. But the ending is far from perfect or living happily ever after because Lee gets the last word in at the end of this gruesome story!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The picture of the book was downloaded from the email that I received with images.