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Author: Claire Kendal Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9780062331885
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A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal’s debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.

His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns—at the university where she works, her favorite sewing shop, the train station, outside her apartment. His messages choke her voicemail; his gifts litter her mailbox. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more terrifying with each passing day. And as Rafe has made clear, he will never let her go.

Clarissa’s only escape from this harrowing nightmare is inside a courtroom—where she is a juror on a trial involving a victim whose experiences eerily parallel her own. There she finds some peace and even makes new friends, including an attractive widower named Robert, whose caring attentions make her feel desired and safe. But as a disturbingly violent crime unfolds in the courtroom, Clarissa realizes that to survive she must expose Rafe herself. Conceiving a plan, she begins collecting the evidence of Rafe’s madness to use against him—a record of terror that will force her to relive every excruciating moment she desperately wants to forget, proof that will reveal the twisted, macabre fairy tale that Rafe has spun around them … with an ending more horrifying than her darkest fears.

Masterfully constructed, filled with exquisite tension and a pervasive sense of menace, The Book of You explores the lines between love and compulsion, fantasy and reality, and offers a heart-stopping portrait of a woman determined to survive. Claire Kendal’s extraordinary debut will haunt readers long after it reaches its terrifying, breathtaking conclusion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Book of You starts with breathtaking brilliance and then just gets better with every page…Although The Book of You is fiction, this is a real book about what happens to real people, and it needs to be read and shared and discussed…The Book of You is already my book of the year.”

    Elizabeth Haynes, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner

  • “Chilling, raw, and utterly addictive, The Book of You is the kind of psychological thriller that you will want to read in one gulp, only to find yourself terrified once the lights are off.”

    Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of If You Were Here

  • “Truly riveting…Clarissa’s silence is both understandable and possibly her undoing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Kendal’s eerie tale of obsession is haunting and graphic with shocking revelations throughout. This successful debut is a taut psychological thriller filled with suspense. Much is hidden beneath the surface in the carefully constructed storyline. The ending is startling for the unprepared reader.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Obsession masquerades as love in British author Kendal’s intimate, chilling first novel…With flawless timing…Kendal spins a tale that’s troubling, raw, and gripping.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “I literally hardly breathed as I raced to the end. It’s a terrifying thriller…So addictive.”

    Samantha Hayes, author of Until You’re Mine

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About the Author

Claire Kendal was born in America and educated in England, where she has spent all her adult life. Her first novel, The Book of You, was translated into more than twenty languages. Claire teaches English literature and creative writing, and lives in England’s South West region with her family.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy, an American actress of stage, television, and film, is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.