(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I found this book quite a difficult one to read. Although it was well-written, there was a lot about it that made me angry, as well as various other emotions – so by the time I finished reading this, I actually felt exhausted.
It was interesting how Rafe’s actions were ones that were seen as so different to people outside of Clarissa. Seeing things from her perspective, it was obvious he was stalking her… but people outside wouldn’t necessarily see the reality, as was made quite clear.
Although the trial Clarissa was witnessing added a new dimension to the storyline, I didn’t think the case was at all similar to Clarissa’s. When I originally read the blurb, I thought the storyline was going to be somewhat different.
The use of the diary entries worked to an extent, but there were times it got confusing. I think the book would have been better if it had been written in first person diary form throughout, rather than switching between first and third person.
I felt that the police and lawyers weren’t portrayed particularly well throughout. Even when they actually listened, they didn’t come across as competent and especially not towards the end. Sadly, I felt that the attitudes during the trial were really realistic.
Although this book did evoke a lot of strong emotions, it was exhausting to read just once. I don’t think it’s one I’ll read again.