I have spent a great deal of time trying to understand the relationship between abuser and abused, particularly in a partnership such a marriage, or parenthood etc. This book, for me, was a fascinating and disturbing insight into controlling behaviours, early signs, and how quickly they can escalate into something far more sinister.
Jane Monckton-Smith has devoted her life to specialising in and researching domestic violence that has resulted in murder.
In the present climate of the Reclaim These Streets movement, those in charge should be paying far more attention to studies such as these, and the author’s carefully observed 8-stage timeline as a preventative measure.
Occasionally Jane Monckton-Smith’s writing appears to lose a little direction and clarity; the subject matter however, clearly speaks for itself!
I give this book 4 stars.