Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review: The Book of You by Claire Kendal

From Goodreads:
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. Hi 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.
I was honestly pretty impressed with the writing quality in this one, particularly given that it's a debut.  Kendal does a great job of creating characters who are both likable and believably flawed, as well as a villain who is absolutely loathsome - a must in a good thriller.  My one complaint is that we are told the story in alternating viewpoints: from Clarissa's first person point of view in her journal and from a third person perspective, focusing on Clarissa.  I really enjoyed the journal entries, but felt disconnected and thrown off during the third person portions.

Entertainment Value
I couldn't put it down.  It was deliciously creepy and I loved the suspense.  I cared about the characters and was really into the story line.  There were moments where I wondered if some things could have come out to cut the length down, but overall I really enjoyed the reading experience.

I recommend it for fans of domestic suspense/psychological thrillers.  It's intensely creepy without being graphically violent, although there are some very short instances of violence, including sexual assault, so it comes with a potential trigger warning.  If you're interested, click here to see the book trailer.

Thank you to TLC for letting me participate in the tour!  Click here to see the rest of the tour stops.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I'm so glad you liked the book! I'm going to be listening to it on audio in the next week or so.

    Thanks for being on the tour!