The Book of You by Claire Kendal

After a night she can’t remember that left her with bruises on her thighs, Clarissa can’t shake Rafe, whose unrelenting attentions gain added menace when she starts noticing the parallels to a rape trial she’s attending as a juror.

The Book of You had some strong and memorable elements, particularly Claire’s emotional and physical isolation as a result of Rafe’s stalking. Unfortunately, the secondary characters remained largely flat on the page, never serving as much more than an unwitting Greek chorus to Claire’s secret woes. I thought the story was going to take a real twist and I was gearing up for that, but the ending was pedestrian and only surprising because of how unsurprising it actually was.

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