Gorgeous Lee Brightman seems like a dream come true to Catherine Bailey--until he shows himself to be violent and controlling. Four years later, he's in jail, and she's starting life over, traumatized enough to check every lock twice. Sure, the guy next door looks appealing, but then there's that phone call.... A surprise hit in the UK, where it was named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, this book has been sold to 12 countries and Revolution Films as well; with a 100,000-copy first printing.[Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Catherine is a happy, outgoing, thirtysomething, enjoying her work and active social life until she meets handsome, charismatic, intelligent, and sexy Lee. Before long, Lee becomes manipulative, suspicious, angry, and very violent but also manages to fool Catherine's friends. Caught in a classic abusive relationship, Catherine first tries to placate Lee and fights to escape. He nearly kills her and is jailed, while a traumatized Catherine is left with a terrifying case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). As she struggles to repair her life, she meets Stuart, a doctor in a local mental health clinic. Though understandably wary of another relationship, Catherine finds a real friend in the caring, compassionate, and supportive Stuart. But when Lee is released from prison, Catherine's panic attacks return. The intricate narrative that alternates between Catherine's past life with Lee and her present situation with Stuart grabs readers and leads them to the unsettling yet satisfying ending. VERDICT UK police intelligence analyst Haynes has crafted a scary and superbly written debut thriller. Her chilling portrayal of OCD and the violent cycles of an abusive relationship will cause readers to lose sleep and check the locks on windows and doors. The characters are real, and the dramatic tension created by Catherine's painful efforts to heal keeps readers tightly engaged. Fans of S.J. Watson, Lisa Gardner, and Susan Hill will welcome this new entrant to the genre. [See Prepub Alert, 1/16/12.]--Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA[Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This intensely dark and suspenseful tale is told through two parallel storylines. One, set four years in the past, centers on the young and vivacious Catherine Bailey, barhopping with her girlfriends and looking for love. The second storyline focuses on Catherine's life in the present, in which she has changed her name, moved to a new city, trusts no one, and compulsively checks the locks on her doors and windows. What happened to her in the intervening years and can she reclaim her life? VERDICT This chilling debut tale of obsession will keep readers awake late into the night.[Page 97]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
British author Haynes's first novel, a harrowing psychological thriller, charts one woman's life on two different time paths as they gradually converge into a frightening whole. The Catherine Bailey we meet in 2003 was fun loving and liked going out with her friends in Lancaster. The Cathy Bailey we see in 2007, a frightened obsessive-compulsive, has difficulty leaving her London flat for work or talking to neighboring tenants. In 2003, Catherine meets handsome, charming Lee Brightman, who gradually isolates her and controls every aspect of her life, despite her increasingly desperate attempts to escape him. Their story develops in excruciating detail until 2005, when circumstances contrive to give her a respite from Lee. Meanwhile in 2007, Cathy meets fellow tenant Stuart Richardson, a psychologist who befriends her and helps her to begin a fragile recovery. When Cathy learns that Lee could re-enter her life, she fears the horror will start anew. This is a terrifying and convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship and a damaged woman's heroic attempts to recover from it. (June)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC