Helen Warner


""When I first started reading ‘She’ I was instantly hooked.""


Ben can't believe his luck when Bella walks into his life, just when he needs her most. Sexy, impulsive and intelligent, Bella is everything he ever wanted. And Bella wants him. All to herself.

In fact, Bella decides that everything is better when it is just the two of them, making it harder for Ben's friends and family to stay in touch. Then a sudden tragedy triggers a chain of events which throws Ben headlong into a nightmare.

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Ben is struggling with life after breaking up with his long-term girlfriend, Charlotte. Life seems to improve once he meets the charming, beautiful and very singe Bella. Their new relationship moves very quickly, which is just what Bella wants. 'She' starts from the perspective of Ben and his relationship with Bella. The plot is based mainly around the domestic violence although in a less stereotypical way as it depicts Ben being abused - with the abuse starting very gently with him being persuaded emotionally to let Bella making a decision to physical violence as the relationship continues. The second part of the book tells the same story as you have just read but this time is it written from Bella's perspective. Often when the perspectives change, so does empathy towards a character. However, in the case of 'She', I didn't feel this happened. The last part of the book continued the story from perspective of both Bella and Ben but also written as the third person. Writing the book this way kept the story free of bias leaving the reader to decide who they were rooting for. When I first started reading 'She' I was instantly hooked. Once the plot was revealed my interested waned slightly as I was a little disappointed with what I felt was quite a predictable reveal. However, it was well written and covered the topic of domestic violence sensitively showing how it is often only when the abuse is so extreme that the victim realises they are actually a victim, but how hard it can be to just walk away.

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