Top critical review
21 January 2018
Harrowing read, frustrating at times as you will her to leave a horrific relationship, but she was in love and wanted things to turn around back to the idyllic early days. I truly understand, when you find your dream man you want him to remain the hero he is at the start of the relationship, but when he's a narcist who love bombs at the beginning, then turns into a monster, its time to go. I was really frustrated when Alice had a couple of opportunities to escape but didn't. I was frustrated because I've been there and like Alice I stayed because I'd invested so much suffering I wanted the happy ending, I felt I'd earned it. I was afraid of what he'd do if I did leave. That life of fear became my normal until something switched in me and I was able to find the strength to escape. That was 15 years ago and I live a very different life today with a loving husband. Despite this hindsight and identification, I didn't enjoy reading this book. Maybe because it brought up long buried memories, but also because I wanted Alice to emerge victorious at the end. I won't spoil it but its a damning reflection of this country's justice system and how victims of domestic violence are failed. I also didn't like that the book had a ghostwriter. It explains the detachment. Alice's experiences are reported in the first person but I never felt connected to her voice, that explains why. I really hope she can box this experience in her past and move on. Someone once said 'the best revenge is a life well lived', and that's my incentive to make the most of my life, i let karma take care of the rest....