This is a love story. Mike’s love story.
Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.
It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.
It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.
It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…
This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you’re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you’ll be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed individual, pick this one up.
The author has taken “a mad spurt of anger at the continued injustices perpetrated against women in our so-called civilized society” (quote from the Acknowledgements) and developed it into a story that could really truly be any woman’s nightmare come to fruition. It also absolutely exemplifies the double standards in our world which are still in existence to this day.
This is yet another novel that I had to keep putting it down which is my gauge these days – if it’s making me uncomfortable I know the writing is strong, and this one pushed me to the brink of comfort. A truly in depth, disturbing look into the life of a highly traumatized individual.
Thank you to Netgalley, Araminta Hall and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.