I loved the 3 year span, Chapters about 2004 with her boyfriend, being swept off her feet to the destructive controlling relationship vs 2007 now living in fear that he will find her and this time, be successful in killing her. Both time periods were gripping and effective to moving the story along.
Cathy used to party hard with an amazing group of friends. This all changed once Lee came into her life. Everyone thought he was perfect, including Cathy at first. She tried to talk to best friends about the changes but wanting their own perfect boyfriend made them become overshadowed with really understanding. This sounds crazy but Elizabeth Haynes made it all so real and complicated.
Cathy started a new life after escaping near death. I enjoyed learning more about OCD and PTSD, which she was diagnosed for as part of her escape mechanisms. Cathy became a new person, different personality in order to protect herself. Throughout this she met someone also which helped her confront her OCD. The repetition of her checking doors etc for her safety may seem to much for some readers, but I thought it hit home with the intensity of it.
I thought the ending was brilliant. At times there was some gruesome abuse scenes but so effective, none for the shock factor. Controlling manipulative people can be so charming, it is truly amazing to see the destruction many were affected by. I loved the end, totally made you think and realise how strong Cathy really was to have survived and fought for her life and rights.
I highly recommend, the repetition for me, created the intensity of the story but may put others off.
Another bloggers review - Matt from A Guys Moleskin, the review that sold me.