I hate when a man uses his fists to win an argument.
I hate when a man manipulates the woman to believe that she deserves it
I hate when a man likes getting his way around, undermining a woman’s confidence.
And I hate when a man uses the woman’s bank balance as his personal investment back-up.
And this book had all that, and the man not only found one such woman, but he got two of them to believe him. The story made my skin crawl. The physical abuse was atrocious leading one woman to drive her car into the sea. I wanted nothing more than for this man to be tortured, for this man to know what the strength of a woman was!! The book had the points of view of both women, sharing their lives before and after this man, along with an intermittent unknown narrator.
What strongly niggled me, caused by skin to erupt in mini volcanoes, caused me to literally want to throw my kindle (no no, I didn’t. I love my kindle.) was the women received proof, literally falling into their hands about their husband being a murderer, AND THEY STILL DON’T BELIEVE IT!! After being battered and hit on every part of the body, including being pushed down the stairs or ladder (which caused the miscarriage), they did not believe he could be a murderer!!
My girls Nina and Nicole, say when a book causes a reaction, it is a good book. But girls, when a book causes me to wonder if women are really that naive (read stupid), and I am talking about intelligent, well read, independent, perfectly capable of walking to the cops and showing their broken skin and broken bones. What stops them?!
On a personal note, I was threatened once with physical violence. My answer – Touch me, even tap me, and I would go to the cops, create so much of a noise in society with his parents, my parents, by the end of it, he wouldn’t have a place to hide and a face to show the society and friends.
The book did end in a twist, had its own delightful, mystical, magical moments, it was a thriller. But for most parts, it was abuse and cowering. Overall, a good read!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3.5 stars
One evening as the sun is setting, Amelia Madison’s car slides into the sea off Mason’s Pier. Her body is never found.
Two years later, Elena Langdon meets Nicholas Madison. She is grieving the loss of her mother, he is grieving for his wife. Together they can help each other. Now Elena is living with Nicholas. But Elena doesn’t really know him. She doesn’t know what he is capable of.
And she doesn’t know what really happened to Amelia. Until the day she discovers the torn page of a letter and the words she reads chill her to the bone. Elena must find the person who wrote these letters if she is to save herself.
Publication date : 24th August, 2018
Publisher : Bookouture