Summery: A memoir that recalls the story of Leslie Morgan Steiner meeting, dating, marrying, and divorcing Conor. At first he seems liked a fairytale prince, but it turned into an abusive relationship. In her memoir, Steiner describes the horrifying details as the fairytale becomes a nightmare, and her struggle to leave him.
Why I Picked It Up: I’ve been in a abusive relationship, and still trying to figure out and understand all that happened.
Why I Finished It: Steiner is a fantastic writer when it comes to telling her story. Her writing is honest, concise and easy to read, while her story pulled me in. It’s a pretty terrifying tale, but through it, Leslie really grows and matures as a person. She’s also illustrates this issues of control and the psychology behind the abuse, and at one point, even includes an interview with an expert. While her relationship was different then mine—no two are the same—it was comforting. For what must have been a difficult topic for her to talk about, Steiner does an amazing job.
But: I have no buts. It’s a very solid book that delivers the story it sets out to tell.
Who Would I Recommend This To: People who have survived abusive relationships, or are looking to understand them.