Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Abusive relationships never start out that way - Cathy knows all about it. At first she and Lee were attracted to each other and she was so excited about her new beau. And his phone calls when she was at work or his entering her house to move things around were a little weird, but still nice. It isn't until she realizes he's controlling her wardrobe, checking on her car's mileage to make sure she's at the meeting she says she's at, and separating her from her friends that she starts to rebel; despite changing her locks and telling him to leave he still manages to get into her apartment and her friends take his side. Eventually he nearly kills her.
Four years later she's healthy, except for the OCD and PTSD. She's moved to London to escape him and thus far is managing - barely - the rebuild her life. Her upstairs neighbor Stuart starts to take an interest and helps her make appointments for psychological help, but then she learns that Lee has been released from prison. And she's sure someone's been following her and entering her apartment...
This is a wonderfully creepy book despite being slightly obvious. The ease with which an otherwise intelligent, confident woman gets sucked into this sort of relationship gives one pause; equally thought-provoking is the lack of strong legal assistance for these women.
ARC provided by publisher.