My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s a very long book and if it wasn’t for the way it is written and for personal curiosity to get to the end of the story, I would probably have given up long back. Thankfully I did not and honestly I would pat my back for the same.
The story unfolds very slowly. The initial chapters are about Cathy or Catherine Bailey’s daily routine. This portion may get a bit tedious and you may be tempted to let it go. Don’t! Just keep reading.
The author effortlessly weaves in and out of Cathy’s present and past life. You get to know about what her life had been and what it is. The stark contrast unravels you and makes you sit up and take notice. You will begin to read a bit more carefully or like me go back a few pages. You’ll attempt to understand her. What went wrong? What happened? Why is she afraid? What is she so afraid of?
I liked the way Haynes so sensitively handles the subject of OCD and the person in question. She makes you empathize with the protagonist and the difficulties she faces to even go through the normal routines of everyday life.
At the same time, the trials and tribulations of a woman victimized by someone close to her, is downright scary. Cathy is left alone in the world – psychologically and physically. There is no one to stand by her. More importantly, no one believes her and that is what hurts most. The worst thing is that there is no way to be sure of what’s real and what is imagined fear. That terrified me the most. The end chapters are nerve-wrecking.
I liked the book and I would recommend it to those who would like to move away from regular romances and drama and read something more intriguing.