Over My Shoulder - is an extremely chilling read, and one of the strengths that the author has given us is seeing the start of the relationship with Freya and Kane, many books we see the end, work back, or from the middle.
This does mean the set up is slow, and there are many opportunities where you feel Freya could have got out earlier, but also this is the strength of the novel, drip feeding the reader with the feelings of how Freya was snared.
Kane set Freya in his sights and goes in for the "kill" - he is full on hunter mode and she is his victim/prey from the moment they met.
Kane is clever and extremely devious at psychologically unbalancing Freya, at times I was wanting to pluck her out of the book, shake her and say, can't you see what he is doing it is so obvious,
That is where Patricia has skilfully got you!
How easy it is to sit on the safe side-lines and wish Freya could see what you can, but would you be able to if you were in her shoes? You might smugly sit there and think so, but as you read on you realise how invested they are, and it is too tangled to just walk away.
This book had a sense of criminality at a personal level, that left me slightly tainted.
A dark and disturbing read, as it has been described as is fitting, it isn't an easy read. A realistic look in to abuse, gas-lighting, in a fictional story, but one that may be close to home to many women and men.
This book is being re published by Bloodhound Books on the 24th August 2018 and is available to pre order.