So I just finished reading this and as usual, you can’t go wrong with a Richard and Judy Book Club recommendation! This isn’t really a ‘summer read’ – more of an autumn/winter type thriller but I’m trying to catch up on all of their recommendations at the moment and am very very behind.
The Book of You is a really gripping read about extreme stalking behaviour and the psychological and physical implications of this. It is based on true events that occur in the UK every year and is actually a topic that does not receive nearly enough attention or seriousness by the media or the police. It is only very recently – 2012 – when stalking was made a criminal offence. Stalking is not an experience that is alien to me, having had close family have to deal with such encounters and issue restraining orders on multiple occasions.
I actually bought this book to read whilst I was on jury service, because the main female character in the book is also on jury service, but I never got around to reading it then due to having to work on my painful CIM essay at the time ERGH. Anyhow, at least I have managed to get around to it now!
This is a very well-written book, and the narration interchanges between 3rd person and 1st person- which is quite hard to pull off but this was done with a fine balance by Kendal. 1st person narrative was used for the voice of the victim / central female character – which for me really bought out the intense feeling of claustrophobia induced by her stalker, trepidation and the escalation of her fears. What I liked a lot was that I learnt a great deal from reading this book- I didn’t realise as the victim of such unwarranted attention the onus is upon you – the victim – to collect evidence against your stalker, and how such evidence can be so easily twisted in court (although frankly after my time on jury service, this no longer surprises me at all). I also really had no idea how the ending was going to pan out which spurred me to keep reading- I hate it when I guess the ending within the first few pages! I admit the climax and ending surprised me quite a bit, and did nothing to quell my trust issues with men lol.
I am currently getting back into thriller books with psychotic characters- what can I say- I like my crazy ppl. I am really enjoying my current reading sprint. All I want to do is huddle under my duvet with coffee at arms reach and a gripping read – no better time for it than in the lead up to autumn and winter in the UK! Watch this space for my review of Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman – another Richard and Judy recommendation which I have not been able to put down so far!
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 – really great read but didn’t move my mountains.