- Written By: Claire Kendal
- Publishised By: Harper Collins May 6, 2014
- Length: 368 pages
- Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Summary: 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. His 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.
Masterfully constructed, filled with exquisite tension and a pervasive sense of menace, The Book of You explores the lines between love and compulsion, fantasy and reality, and offers a heart-stopping portrait of a woman determined to survive. Claire Kendal’s extraordinary debut will haunt readers long after it reaches its terrifying, breathtaking conclusion.
My Thoughts: This book grabbed my from page one. Told in two voices, the first person voice of Clarissa’s journal notes, and the third person narration of the other details of her life. Immediately I was curious, was Rafe real, was she realistic in her fear of him?
The several planned weeks of jury duty keep her away from her job at the university where Rafe also happens to work. This doesn’t stop him…and his stalking dominates her every thought. She finds it hard to concentrate on the case she is being trusted to listen to. A crime and attack frighteningly similar to her own problems. Clarissa is friendly with a few of the jurors, and she notices Robert, handsome and kind. Their friendship slowly grows.
This book was creepy, and made me checking doors and being just a bit on guard when reading at night. The writing was well paced, the character of Clarissa completely fleshed out. The reader is given complete access to her inside and out. Her thoughts in her journal are full of every fear, going home, seeing the mail, perhaps seeing Rafe hiding in a shadow. She knows she must build her case by keeping these awful gifts and threats he leaves for her, she hides them from her sight, and wishes she could throw them away. She worries about involving anyone in her problems, doesn’t want to put them at risk, she believes Rafe is very dangerous.
This is a well done first novel, and I highly recommend it. Thank you to TLC Book Tours for including me! Please visit the tour to see all the stops and other book reviews. Click here to see the book trailer for The Book of You.