What began as a blur of an evening and a one-night-stand has become all out terror for Clarissa. She was recently single when she attended Rafe’s book signing. A few glasses of wine and one thing led to another, but Clarissa was never really interested in things going further. Unfortunately for her, Rafe isn’t willing to take no for an answer. He’s everywhere – outside her house in the morning, hanging around her office at work… He leaves her gifts and constantly pursues her. It’s gotten to the point that Clarissa is afraid to leave her home.
When Clarissa is chosen for jury duty on a long- term trial, she’s relieved. Some time off from work and a change in routine might finally mean a break from Rafe’s unwanted attention. She couldn’t be more wrong. As the stalking escalates, Clarrisa becomes certain Rafe will not stop until she gives in. But the case she’s sitting on hits close to home and Clarissa isn’t sure anyone can help.
Claire Kendal’s debut is an intense psychological thriller similar in theme to Elizabeth Haynes’s Into the Darkest Corner. It’s also a quite emotional read – Clarissa’s frustration at her situation and the authorities’ response were maddening. The violence is quite graphic (again akin to Haynes’s work), and I wouldn’t recommend The Book of You to readers who may be sensitive to explicit detail in that regard. Fans of Karin Slaughter and – as mentioned – Elizabeth Haynes, however, will not want to miss Kendal’s first release.
6/14 Becky Lejeune
THE BOOK OF YOU by Claire Kendal. Harper; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014). ISBN 978-0062297600. 368p.