The Book Of You by Claire KendalThe Book Of You by Claire Kendal

The Book Of You

byClaire Kendal

Paperback | April 29, 2014

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For Clarissa, their night together marked the end of something, but for Rafe, it was just the beginning . . .

For Clarissa, being called to do jury duty is a relief. It means she can leave work for a couple of weeks and avoid the unwanted attentions of her university colleague, Rafe. An intense man who is an expert on grisly folk tales, Rafe has always unnerved her, and Clarissa still cannot understand how she could have let herself have a drunken one-night stand with him.

As the trial unfolds, Clarissa begins to see the parallels between the violent tale related by the young woman whose attackers she is judging and her own situation. But with no crime to report and only her gut feeling to guide her, she is powerless. What can you do when the lines between fantasy and reality, love and fixation become dangerously blurred? How do you protect yourself from an enemy that no one else can see?

With an original structure and a heroine whose voice is equal parts unsettling and unforgettable, The Book of You is tinged with the darkness of a macabre fairy tale, yet is terrifyingly close to reality, a story that will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

Claire Kendal was born in America and educated in England, where she has spent all of her adult life.The Book of Youis her first novel. It will be translated into over twenty languages. Claire teaches English Literature and Creative Writing, and lives in the South West with her family. She is working on her next psychological thriller.
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Title:The Book Of YouFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443425974

ISBN - 13:9781443425971

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was written well, Rafe's character is portrayed really well. They make him very deranged and crazy it keeps you hooked.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow I was really excited to read this book, but I wasn't overly impressed with it once I finished. It was slow at times and less anticlimactic than I thought it would be - and then the end was incredibly frustrating! Not one of the best I've read recently.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner! Spoiler Alert** shortly after her long-time partner, Henry, leaves her, Clarissa attends the book reading of a colleague. Her colleague, Rafe, drugs her and escorts her to her home where he rapes her. From then on, Clarissa becomes the victim of an obsessive stalker. He follows her around, sends her disturbing and threatening gifts, and sends her sexually explicit photographs from the night she was raped. Following the advice of educational stalking awareness pamphlets, Clarissa keeps and documents everything that Rafe gives and does to her. While she experienced the stalking behaviour, she acts as juror for a high-profile rape and kidnapping case that had happened in her city. During her stint as a juror, she meets Robert, who proved to be a welcome distraction from Rafe. Why did I like "The Book of You"? I enjoyed the idea behind it -the story of a woman being stalked, told through third-person narrative and diary entries. I felt that Rafe was portrayed in a terrifyingly amazing way; he was convincing, threatening and obsessively deranged. The way in which the case Clarissa worked on acting as a reflection of her own experiences was captivating. Although Clarissa wasn't terribly likeable, you did feel for her struggle; you wanted her to survive. There were several issues within the book that proved to be quite distracting. So many of the characters, Clarissa included, were terribly one-dimensional. Many times I had trouble differentiating between members of the jury as they all lacked discernible personalities. The police's lack of interest in immediate follow-up of Clarissa's complaint seemed unrealistic. Rafe's previous girlfriend had gone missing years before after months of stalking complaints. This previous history of stalking and possible murder did not concern the police when Clarissa reported it. The ending was quite abrupt as well. It left Clarissa in limbo - her life is left in this awkward mid-recovery stage, in which she finds herself pregnant but more or less dead inside. She begins a journal addressed to Robert, the father of her baby, who she refuses to see. The book ends following a hallucination in which Clarissa seems him near the beach. One thing I noticed within the negative reviews was a complaint towards Clarissa's lack of dealing with the rape. She does not report it, seek medical treatment or even admit she was raped. Unfortunately, I feel this is a fairly accurate portrayal of rape. Many women are afraid or embarrassed to report rape, and Clarissa acted as many women have. Her inability to comprehend that she was raped is a further symptom of this - if she is afraid of embarrassed to admit she was raped, why would she admit it to herself? Many also criticized her hesitation in telling anyone what happened, and her lack of friends through out the book. I felt this was to highlight that Rafe had so terrified her, she felt that she needed to isolate herself from everyone she knew. She was afraid what he would do to those she loved, and so she simply cut them off. Signs of abusive relationships include isolation. I believe this to be an accurate portrayal of the actions of someone who as been raped and is being stalked. Many saw this as a negative, unrealistic aspect of the book. (Unfortunately) I believe this is an all too common reaction to rape.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of You. Riveting. Kept my attention. Well written.
Date published: 2014-06-04