Caught in an abusive marriage, Jenny Slater desperately hopes there is more to life than the lies she tells to hide the bruises. Her three children have no idea their father is a monster, and Jenny struggles with the decision to tell them of her torment, which she can no longer bear alone.
Jenny's pen pal in the States is the only person aware of the truth. When Helen pleads with her to visit, Jenny is undecided about leaving England when her family is at odds. However, when a letter from a mysterious source arrives, seeking Jenny's help, she flies to the States. Her attempts to save another trapped soul only entangle her in another manipulative relationship.
"Her clothes not only covered her modesty, they also hid the bruises from his beatings."
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is the central theme in Mel Comley's latest book 'Evil in Disguise'. This psychological thriller is quite different in style from her famous 'Justice' series ones. Some may find this book somewhat hard to read as it's a real, terrifying account of a woman who suffers terribly at the hands of her abusive husband.
"... behind our locked bedroom door, that's where his true darker side emerged."
To a total stranger and even to her three children, Jenny Slater seems to be living an ideal, happy, married life with her husband Bill who adores her ... but nothing can be further from the truth. Behind closed doors, Jenny is living a horrible nightmare. At home she is subjected to continuous beating and sexual violence. She is treated worse than a slave and finds herself trapped in a domestic violent situation through isolation, insufficient financial resources, fear and shame.
Will Jenny ever manage to get out of her desperate situation?
One day, Jenny receives a letter from the States, but this time it isn't from her pen pal Helen, it's from a complete stranger. Who is this person? How does this person even know of Jenny's existence? Should she believe the words in the letter? Or is it just a scam, someone just trying to further abuse her fragile state? Should she just ignore the letter?
... Or reply? But is she jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire in doing so?
Sadly, many domestic violence cases go unnoticed as the victims are afraid to report to and to seek help from the authorities. It's unnerving to think that without no one knowing, a relative, friend or work colleague with whom we interact in our daily lives, might be subjected to such an atrocity behind closed doors.
Through this thriller Mel Comley does a great job in giving voice not only to domestic abuse victims, but also to scam victims. Many people are unknowingly falling victims to fraudulent schemes performed by dishonest individuals, groups, or companies.
Knowing that this book is based on a true story, as I was reading, I felt as though someone was literally squeezing my throat. It's shocking even to imagine what this woman went through.
I highly recommend 'Evil in Disguise' as it has certainly provided me with some interesting food for thought ... Hats off to Mel Comley!!