So this is my first book read of 2015 and what a start it was!!! I could not put this book down. I started it on a Sunday morning in bed with with a nice cup of tea and even had to take it into the bath with me. Thankfully it was a quick read and I was done by about 2pm. It's been a long time since I literally couldn't stop reading, or have really kicked back and relaxed on a weekend to catch up on a good book.
And I really really liked this book. It's actually not that nice. It's definitely an interesting and disturbing topic. So perhaps 'liked' isn't the right word for what I think of this book. I guess I just needed to know what happened.
This is a book about stalking. It's not a true story, but obviously there are enough real life examples out there and I think the author has definitely done a good job of researching them.
I don't know how many women out there have had a taste of an over-enthusiastic ex or just a guy you know, who doesn't like taking 'no' for an answer. I've had a couple of experiences which have been a bit scary and behaviour has been inappropriate. I'm glad to say I've never experienced anything like the woman in this book. But there were moments when I could absolutely relate and it made me resent and dislike individuals who don't realise the impact of their behaviour and who also don't realise they have behaved completely inappropriately. Anyhow, I digress...
One of the interesting aspects of this book is the way the writer has told the story from both the the third person and Clarissa's point of view. There were many times when I wanted to shout at Clarissa and tell her that she wasn't to blame, that she was not doing things right...but mostly, I was just gripped by the escalating stalking situation she found herself in.
I would highly recomend this book and am really glad this was my first book of the new year...it's given me a nice boost to this years challenge and made me realise that there's a whole world of great books out there. I was starting to feel like I was on a bit of a treadmill of getting through books towards the end of last year. And I think I was also reading a lot of 'good, but not great' books. This has encouraged me to spend a bit more time looking through book shops to seek out other great finds.