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Betrayal

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Only, Don isn't capable of moving on, instead he harrases her every night until she decides to teach him a lesson - which goes very, very wrong. It shows how insidiously the coercive control has co-opted Eve's sense of self and her world view, she would stay for the sake of shame and social propriety than leave.

Gone is the scared women who was afraid of change, meeting new people or even trying to do things for herself as in indulging her passion of curtain making and interior design.It's been a long while since I've read a book by this author, despite reading so many of her early books and loving them. Despite the drifting plotline and a crammed conclusion of events, this is classic Lesley Pearse through and through. Don had left the kitchen light on, and she wished she could manoeuvre herself to reach the cardigan she’d left on the kitchen chair because the heating had turned off and she was very cold. The impact of constant change and uncertainty in Lesley’s early years is reflected in the recurring themes in her books: how emotional damage inflicted on children impacts the rest of their lives.

I loved the big epic reads of Never Look Back and Trust Me and would love to read something like that again in the future from Lesley. Indeed, there’s a sense of threat that permeates the whole story so that the book has an edginess to it that I really enjoyed. This is clearly not the first time he has bestowed this casually bloody act on Eve, but the effect it has on her is to determine that it will be his last.Her honest restructuring of a life and finding her self worth is reflected in how her two children grow into themselves away from Don, and I liked how her original training as a curtain maker reflected her circumstances.

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