A patchwork of lies and threads of abuse…Stitched is a gruesome tale of control, fear and brutality.
To the outside world, Andrew Brooke is a cop who’s obsessively committed to his job. But behind closed doors, he enforces his dominance and disciplines his wife, Emily, in the most inhumane ways. When his life begins to fall apart and his reputation becomes tarnished, he unleashes his anger and seeks revenge on those who dare to encounter him.
Emily Brooke is left broken by her husband’s hand, with no means of escape. Eventually, though weak and confused, she manages to flee. But is the life she escapes to a better one?
Detective Donavan has his own demons to battle following his wife’s death. Assigned a missing person’s case that leads to a series of brutal attacks, he follows the trail of a serial killer dubbed ‘The Stitcher’ – but will his own dark secrets get in the way of justice being served?
Stitched perfectly demonstrates how cruel life – and people – can be.
Stories to do with domestic abuse certainly are not the easiest of subjects to read. The author certainly doesn’t sugar coat it in Stitched. I flinched at every bit of abuse that poor Emily has to endure at the hands of her monster of a husband. It really makes for a sombre read and my hatred for Andrew intensified the further into the story I got.
Emily’s plight really tugs on the readers heart strings. It was sad to see also the mental abuse she has had to put up with and how she merely exists rather than lives and is frightened of anything and everything. The author truly captures life with an abusive partner and how they manipulate them.
Stitched probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but the story line was compelling and definitely didn’t turn out the way I was expecting. A bit of a mix of domestic noir and psychological thriller. It is very dark and chilling and had me totally gripped.
My thanks to Shell Baker from Baker’s Blog Tours and Promo for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Stitched is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).
Cheryl Elaine is a British Author, and resides in Yorkshire. Throughout her life she has been an avid reader and wrote many short stories, which lead her on a path to the world of publishing. She released her debut novel – No Ordinary Girl, followed by her latest release – Stitched.
I hope you enjoy my dark and disturbing crime books, and if you fancy reading something lighter, why not check out my fantasy novel – Dragged to the Depths.
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