Title: Every move you make
Author: Deborah Bee
# of pages: 371
Genre: Suspense Drama
Expected Date of Publication: 20th August 2020
Published by: Bonnier Books UK
The story follows Clare Chambers, who goes to the police station, dishevelled. She has bruises, marks and looks battered. She tells the police, Gareth James, her husband, has done this to her. And, files a complaint against him. But when the police reach her house, they found it empty. There is no sign of Gareth James. DS Clarke finds this too perfect! Is Clare hiding something or there is more to her story than it meets the eye?
This story involves Clare, who is injured by her husband and Sally. Sally’s ex-husband is a convicted murderer. He just released from jail and wants to kill her. Both of them, on the run, find themselves in police protection and later in the refuge/ shelter. While they stay in the refuge, the reader encounters other women also living there for similar reasons.
DS Susan Clarke is investigating both the cases. She has known Sally for many years and knows the impending danger to her life. But for her, Clare’s case has loopholes. Something keeps nagging her.
Clare, Sally and DS Clarke alternately narrate the story. Of all, Clare is the most emotionally battered. In every conversation, her mind travels back to the tormenting discussion between her and her husband.
Bee has done a fabulous job in portraying the picture of the women living in refuge. The narrative shows how they transformed from confident women to people who cannot decide for themselves. Bee has also pointed out that an abusive relationship has stripped away each layer of their personality, leaving only a vulnerable woman. As a reader, you can feel the raw and the actual pain of these women and realize rebuilding is difficult for them.
The ending is predictable. But, the book is not about the ending, rather about the journey of these women.
It’s a dark read as it is very true to life. And it pushes the reader to think about how we can make our society liveable for such people.
My rating for the book is 3 stars.
Thank you NetGalley and Bonnier Books UK for the copy of the e-arc in exchange for my honest review.