So its my turn on the Stitched Blog Tour, my thanks to Shell Baker, Bakers Tours for having me on the Blog tour. When I seen the email I was intrigued from the start and couldn’t say no.
Lets take a little look at the Blurb:
A Gruesome Tale of control, fear and brutality.
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.
Okay, now to find the right words as for me the tag lines in the blurb sum up the book beautifully.
Stitched is not a book for the faint- hearted , its hard hitting from the every first chapter. To begin with Domestic abuse is a really difficult subject to be able to talk about let alone write about but is something that Cheryl manages to do and for me does it justice. Emily Brooke suffers from horrendous domestic abuse at the hands of her husband. Andrew really doesn’t bat an eye lid at lashing out at Emily and sometimes over nothing, she just has to look the wrong way and she receives abuse not only mentally but physically too. Andrew or as Emily and most other people call him Andy has a problem with drink and is a very twisted guy. Its is horrific in my eyes what Emily goes through. He truly believes Emily should obey him and his every command. Emily lives in a constant state of fear and cant even remember the last time she stepped over the front door, the only time she really even gets fresh air is when she is hanging out the washing on the line. My heart broke into pieces at the life she was living in fact not living Emily was barely existing. She doesn’t speak to anyone and doesn’t have any connections to the outside world, Andy has in a way made her a recluse as she has nobody past her front door. Stitched is one of those reads that had me horrified at the abuse Emily suffered and had me hating Andy more and more with each chapter. When Emily sees the new neighbour she tries to hide but he tries talking to her, and well Emily has a hole to dig out of when Andy finds out.
Stitched is more a psychological read than anything else and even though it is a heart-breaking horrific read its one you just cant put down. At some points I tried to shield my eyes like I would had I been watching a film just picturing poor Emily.
Its one you will want to pick up.
About the Author
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 lastest release – Stitched.
Cheryl is on most social media platforms and has her own website where you can check her out.
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