The Book of You

The Book of You A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her Claire Kendal s debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portr

  • Title: The Book of You
  • Author: Claire Kendal
  • ISBN: 9780062297600
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal s debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere ClA mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal s debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.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 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 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.

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    1. As a young girl I was taught to be polite- say please and thank you- be respectful of other people's feelingsd act like a lady. The problem with that kind of upbringing isunfortunately living by those rules alone can get in the way of trusting your instincts and keeping yourself safe. Not everyone is deserving of respect. Not everyone plays by the rules. And sometimes acting like a lady can get you killedClarissa Bourne, is a polite, well-mannered 38-year-old living in Bath, England and working [...]

    2. 4 Stars The Book of You follows Clarissa as she tries to avoid, and evade the unwanted attention she is receiving from a work colleague, Rafe. The author wastes no time diving into this story and from chapter one the readers are acutely aware that Clarissa is the victim of an EXTREME stalker. The feeling of frustration and helplessness is palpable as Clarissa attempts to gain evidence and support so that she can just go to the police without being turned away. Apparently word of mouth is not eno [...]

    3. Note to self- picking books about violent stalkers while your husband is traveling will invite crazy dreams. We are thrown into Clarissa's story immediately; she has begun keeping a journal to record evidence of her stalker Rafe, better known as The Book of You. The book is split over the course of a 7 week trial that Clarissa is a jury member of, followed by an epilogue after the main action comes to its climax. While most of the story is a slow, simmering build up, the ending happens quickly a [...]

    4. I feel bad giving this only two stars, because it started out really strong and had some great moments--I especially liked the creepy fairy tale book the stalker sent Clarissa and the discussion of the symbolic "burst heart." But, the plot really started to drag about a third of the way through and Clarissa's extreme passivity made her really hard for me personally to relate to. I understand that stalking victims often gradually feel isolated and like they have no one to turn to, but Clarissa's [...]

    5. First off: While I have tried to avoid spoilers, this review has more information about the plot of the novel than I usually include. This is because the reasons for my critique are difficult to discuss without going into some detail about the story itself. I had high expectations when I started Claire Kendal's debut thriller, The Book of You. Promotions compare it to Into the Darkest Corner and Before I Go To Sleep (both of which I enjoyed immensely) and also The Silent Wife (which for me, was [...]

    6. This book has become my new obsession. Edgy, raw and downright terrifying is the best way to describe this mesmerizing story. I finished a few days ago and it’s still haunting me. The subject matter is disturbing and might not appeal to everyone, but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.Clarissa is being stalked by one of her co-workers, Rafe. Everywhere she turns, he’s there. Watching, waiting, following and leaving gifts for her. It’s beyond creepy. No matter how many times [...]

    7. This debut novel is kind of brilliant. It is told using both first and third person narrative interesting choice that works here. One woman's terrifying reality is juxtaposed with the events of a trial for which she is a juror. This allows information to be presented on how effectively the legal system blames and shames the victim. The message is clear, albeit unfortunate and depressing. This feels like a thriller, though the pacing was a bit off in the last third and I felt it could have been s [...]

    8. Rats! I just finished The Book of You and dare not want it to be about me. But, honestly, I feel like I've been standing on the corner waiting for the bus that never really comes. I keep looking down the street for sight of it because it's scheduled to be here about now.Clarissa has a creepy problem. His name is Rafe. Rafe continuously shows up on those street corners afore-mentioned. He is obsessed with his university co-worker, Clarissa. Clarissa made the mistake of hooking up with Rafe and he [...]

    9. My Number 10 Read for 2015Posted to The Literary LawyerA Thriller with an Important Message - 5 Stars I can't honestly say that I enjoyed this book. It was difficult to read. Both the content and style of writing contributed. Firstly, much of the story was told in the second person. In my experience, this narrative perspective is seldom used and I have found it to be jarring and voyeuristic. On the surface, this was a story about obsession, abuse and the failure of society to recognize and respo [...]

    10. Wow! Wow! Wow! One of THE best books I've ever read. Devoured this in hours cover to cover. Gone Girl - pfft! The Girl on the Train - pfft! THIS is the psychological thriller for those to look up to. Full review soon but don't wait - get this book!

    11. 2.5 stars. I both read and listened to the audio version of The Book of You.  The story had a riveting beginning, and an interesting and believable premise—a young woman working at a university becomes a victim of stalking by a male colleague.  He becomes obsessed with her following a terrifying incident in which she was involved with him.  Following the incident he is continuously texting her, sending her gifts, and appearing out of nowhere.  The woman journals her thoughts and collects e [...]

    12. This book could have been so much more than it was. In fact, it was wholly a missed opportunity perhaps in part to the fact the author is a first-time writer. While the premise is exciting enough, the delivery falls flat and the story just doesn't live up to the covers proclamations of a non-stop thrill ride.The first issue I had with this book was the female lead. Clarissa is in her late thirties but still incredibly naive, her mother knits her mittens to wear and she seems entirely unaware of [...]

    13. 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.This is one of the best books I've read all year. I've read numerous books on women being stalked and someti [...]

    14. I jumped in and devoured this book in two days time, I read it partly because I've been writing stalker-themed fanfics for some time and I want to know more about this theme. At first I was intrigued by by the finely written details and the description of what is going on in the tormented victim's mind after she suffered (view spoiler)[being drugged, raped, stalked and threatened (hide spoiler)] by a stalker she couldn't seem to escape from. I'm sickened to my stomach when I saw how this stalker [...]

    15. I will not read a book about stalkers again, the experience is too raw to properly portray it on a book, and all the attempts that I have read so far have failed . This book was no different, I am glad that I was satisfied by the ending but I think that the story lacks an air of complexity, it made me feel for the main character , but at the same time it didn't make her story believable, being stalked is an experience that I don't think could ever be properly written about . And besides I hate h [...]

    16. Taking this review down because the point I was trying to make had a lot to do with a theory I've had knocking around my head for a while, that relates to quite a lot of books in the same genre as this one, and it didn't really make much sense in isolation.But I'll leave this bit up - there's a really graphic and disturbing rape scene in this book, FYI if rape is a 'trigger' for you or if, like me, you'd just rather avoid yet another thriller using it as a lazy 'shocking' plot device.

    17. I read the blurb that accompanies this book which details how Clarissa is becoming scared of Rafe who doesn’t take no for an answer, wherever she goes he is there. There is something about stalkers that fascinates me. What is the motivation to keep trying to be with someone who doesn’t want to know? All this is made much worse because she works with Rafe so she can’t totally avoid him. When Clarissa is called for jury service she is relieved, could this be a form of sanctuary from Rafe for [...]

    18. Clarissa is being stalked by a man (Rafe) whom she knows. She finds out terrible things about him and about his actions in the past and she can't get away from him. Her life starts to dissolve and he is so manipulative, he manages to appear concerned so that her own friends question her mental health. Then Clarissa begins to feel attracted to Robert, with whom she sits on a jury panel. As Rafe becomes more and more violent and deranged, Clarissa begins to fear for her own life. It's a great stor [...]

    19. Super atmospheric and creepy, but the end was a little lackluster for me. Might be more of a 4 right at this moment but I have a feeling that with time it will end up being a 3, so a 3 it is.

    20. I was so engrossed in this book it took me four hours to read it. It's about bad choices and what can happen . Rafael invited his co-worker Larissa to his book reading and afterwards a drink becomes one or two I or four. lol. Which equals a one night stand and waking up in the morning realising you made a horrible mistake. You take the longest shower and just pass it off as a bad decision.Only Rafael does not see it that way . He starts to believe they have a relationship. He stalks her night an [...]

    21. Audio Review.Disappointing ending. There was no closure. I listened to the entire book and that is how it ends??? Plus, this is not one book that will give you much faith in the judicial system. At first I thought the heroine was weak and pathetic and her "loving" parents turned her in to a woman who never stood up for herself. Then I saw what she was doing and why she felt the way she felt. I was sad for her. Was she stupid or just too kind of a person???If there is a sequel, I will probably re [...]

    22. 3.5 stars round up to 4. Yeehaw! That was a terrifying book! I think the scariest thing on this planet is how frustrating the law works in terms of sexual harassment/assault/stalking. In her debut novel, Claire Kendal sets the stage from page one, her protagonist, Clarisse is being stalked by Rafe, a man who she had a one night stand with. Rafe won 't let go of Clarisse and follows her everywhere she goes. That is why Clarisse is absolutely relieved when she gets selected for seven week jury dut [...]

    23. This is definitely one of the worst things I've ever read. Probably the worst one. My problem isn't the subject matter, which is universally appalling. It's just about everything else. I disliked the narrative style. I disliked the main character - the victim. She was impossibly hard to like, in fact, I never managed to connect with her, let alone care about her, or about what is happening to her. That at least should've been easy, but it wasn't, because, well, the annoying narrative style, as w [...]

    24. Clarissa is being stalked by a man named Rafe who also happens to be a co-worker. Being the smart woman she is, she starts a journal of every time he follows her, talks to her, calls her, leaves her gifts. She's waiting until she has enough to take it to the police.It starts as a routine stalking (if there is such a thing) and the suspense builds page by page by page. You see and feel the escalation of Clarissa's fright and of Rafe's obsession. The ending is quite explosive.I read this one in le [...]

    25. Second book of my holiday reads. I've had this book sat on my kindle for an embarrassingly long time. I'd heard lots of good things about it and had purchased it, but just struggled to get round to reading it. Being a book lover, I read so many books that sadly some just get pushed further down the to be read pile than others. This was quite an uncomfortable read for a couple of reasons. Through Clarissa we get to see what it feels like to have a stalker. Rafe is just totally obsessed with her a [...]

    26. Fitting perfectly into the hugely sucessful crime genre of psychological suspense, prepare to enter Clarissa’s world- a complex but increasingly insecure woman, whose nightmare experience at the hands of a stalker, is laid bare in this compelling debut novel…I think I can safely say that the majority of women have experienced at some time in their life the unwelcome attentions of another individual, admittedly not to the horrifying degree of Clarissa, but enough to unsettle and to impact in [...]

    27. DNF @ p.46 -- no star ratingI just couldn't do this. I'm not going to rate this because I don't know if this one may have gotten better if I'd stuck with it.Rafe is some creepy creep that's stalking Clarissa. We're talking heebie-jeebies creep.What I didn't like and why I had to abandon this:1. We immediately know this guy is stalking her; we just don't know why or in what capacity they know each other because she's afraid of being rude to him. So she gives in to his "innocent" demands that they [...]

    28. To me, this book was just okay. It was a fine read for a rainy weekend, but it did not bring the spine-tingling chills that a book dealing with stalking should. I found it extremely repetitive (once we'd met the creepy stalker). Our protagonist, Clarissa, is initially assaulted by her stalker after drinks one night. When she wakes up in her own bed and it's clear to her that she has no memory of the night before (after three glasses of wine), I thought it might have occurred to her that she'd be [...]

    29. Clarissa goes on a date with Rafe, a work colleague, and soon realises it was a mistake and just wants to forget the whole thing. Rafe has other ideas. Terrible, obsessive, stalking ideas and won't leave Clarissa alone.The Book of You is Clarissa's story of how she is stalked to the point of near breakdown. It's realistically done that is frightening and compelling as realisation dawns that options become increasingly less available. Running alongside the stalking is a court case where Clarissa [...]

    30. This is a page turner! I read it in a day sitting on a shaded porch. Clarissa has gained a rather nasty stalker named Rafe. She truly fears for her life as he becomes more insistent and possessive in his pursuit of her. While trying to hide from Rafe, she is on a seven week jury were a woman was allegedly brutalized by a group of men.In current society, when a woman accuses a man of rape or any type of abuse, it is the woman who is put on trial - maybe it was consensual and she changed her mind, [...]

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