This is a love story. Mike’s love story.
Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.
It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.
It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.
It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…
I loved the You series by Caroline Kepnes. There was something fascinating about the stalker/serial killer, Joe. As a reader, I got stuck in his twisted, dark yet interesting mind. Comparisons between this book and You is what caught my interest.
Mike lives in his own world. In his world, he and V are still madly in love and playing a game despite the fact that the couple broke up over a year ago and V is about to get married. Mike is the MC and the only narrator. Although his is a twisted world view, the author writes this book in a way that we don’t all have to buy his story. We know the truth which is different from Mike’s reality.
The story flows well. There are chapters that slowed down a bit. I felt like all we were being told is about Mike’s obsession. We knew he was obsessed but then what? The story’s mid-chapters started sounding like a monologue or the ranting of a lunatic. It reminded me of having to endure 3 hour lectures in Uni. I wish there was more happening to keep things exciting. Luckily, the final chapters were faster and more interesting.
I loved the court room drama towards the end of the narrative. I couldn’t wait to find out how it would end. Although I had gotten to know the characters pretty well at this point, the court case really brought out their true characters especially Mike’s twisted thoughts.
This is a story about obsession, lies and manipulation but if you ask the MC, Mike, he will tell you that its one of the greatest love stories.