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Excellent about taboo matter!
on 28 June 2009
"Falling in love with a sociopath was one of those experiences you never forgot, if you were lucky enough to survive at all." (ref. page 326)
It all takes place among the rich and privileged, as so often in Danielle Steel's books, but for this story it is actually an advantage.
The matter of involvment with a sociopath is not an easily accepted topic, particularly not so among the educated upper and middle classes. But nowhere are sociopaths likely to do more damage than when they perform their mostly psychological evils to proud victims in golden cages. Victims staying silent, knowing that their stories will seem too crazy to be believed by any sane person. Among people with less or no education sociopaths are more visible, since their methods are usually of a more physical kind, leaving their victims literally hurt and bleeding.
The first part of the book tells a beautiful story of a coup de foudre between two people in their forties, who connect perfectly and plan to get married after having known each other for only four months.
Well established photographer Hope Dunne gets an assignment to take a portrait of famous author Finn O'Neill for his latest book. They fall head over heels in love and soon Hope shares her time between her New York loft and Finn's impressing old ancestral home in Ireland. Everything is bliss and simply too good to be true.
After six perfectly happy months, the surface is however starting to crack and Hope's life is soon alternating between joy and suspicion, and slowly turning into terror.
The nightmare this all too perfect love story soon turns into, is scary, and as the book says, hard to believe unless one has experienced it oneself.
It is a bold subject Danielle Steel has chosen for this book, which starts out as such an easy read and develops into a scary nightmare, very seldom either written or talked about.
Readers might find it all unbelievable and rather crazy, but "Matters of The Heart" is straight forward and scaringly to the point.