“Clarissa is becoming more and more frightened of her colleague, Rafe. He won’t leave her alone, and he refuses to take no for an answer. He is always there.
Being selected for jury service is a relief. The courtroom is a safe haven, a place where Rafe can’t be. But as a violent tale of kidnap and abuse unfolds, Clarissa begins to see parallels between her own situation and that of the young woman on the witness stand.
Realizing that she bears the burden of proof, Clarissa unravels the twisted, macabre fairytale that Rafe has spun around them – and discovers that the ending he envisions is more terrifying than she could have imagined.”
This was a bookclub read from January and I can’t say I enjoyed reading it. It is pure and simple stalker story that takes place a little too close to home – in Bath and Bristol. I like TV and films that have this premise, but in a book and reading from the main characters point of view is not a nice feeling.
I also guessed the ending early on so was reading it just waiting for it to come about and because we were going to be talking about it in bookclub. It wasn’t all bad as the concept of keeping a journal and everything a stalker gives you and says is quite important and I didn’t realize this.
I can’t say I would recommend this to anyone to read and we didn’t rate it as a bookclub either, purely because of the subject matter, but maybe that means it did what it set out to do – make the reader uncomfortable,