The Controlled - Becky Kormant
Sarah Ruiz thought she had it all – until someone entered her life who was hell-bent on destroying her.
Sarah Ruiz is a business owner, a fitness trainer and a mom. Married to the ever-so-charming and wealthy Alex Ruiz, Sarah appears to have the perfect life. But behind closed doors, he revealed a side of himself that destroyed her love for him. With five beautiful children and unable to leave her situation, Sarah knows she must make changes.
Sarah’s journey to freedom take a turn when a man, Gabe Benoit, promises to help her. Thus starts a whirlwind of romance, intrigue, seduction, blackmail and manipulation. No matter which way Sarah turns, she is backed into a corner before she can even realize it. When she finally has promise of a better future, she must use every ounce of her strength to work her way through the web of lies and find truth on her journey to independence.
OK, so this book is seven shades fucked up. Hands down, the craziest plot line to a book I have ever read. EVER. You don't know what's really happening and when all of the pieces start coming together in the end? Holy bologna.
First up, you have Sarah. Who I immediately do not like because she sounds like a moron with low self worth and self esteem. She marries Alex who immediately turns into a douchebag on literally day one of being married (and you know she just takes it). Alex basically makes her life a living hell and is abusive, but Sarah being the stereotypical domestic abuse victim, stays with him for a laundry list of reasons. They eventually come to a really bizarre, I still don't understand it, agreement on their loveless marriage where he essentially rapes her when he feels like it. Then enters Gabe.
This is when the whole Catfish story line starts because she is only speaking to him via phone and/or internet and almost immediately it turns sexual. Like phone sex, pictures, etc. At this point I'm like WHOA, because who does that? Who just starts this kind of relationship when A) you're married even if he's a douchebag and B) you don't even know the person you're talking to, like you have had no physical, in person meeting AT ALL? Oh wait, lots of people do because they are dumb.
But this is when shit hits the fan because Gabe turns out to not really be Gabe and I can't tell you how THAT plays out because once you read that you will get angry, feel sorry for Sarah and then immediately not feel bad for her because she was dumb enough to fall for it anyways.
But then things start happening with Alex and it turns out his extra curricular activities outside of the home weren't any better and Sarah finds herself basically in danger because of her husband. So she's dealing with that and with the crap that happens with Gabe.
But the ending?
When I read the very ending at who walks through that door? I'm going to be honest- I threw the book. I threw the book, almost took out the dog (He attempted to catch it. Don't worry- Twinky is fine.) and I hit Matt with the book. And no, the irony of me hitting my husband with a book about domestic violence is not lost on me here.
The writing isn't awesome. This isn't going to be a literary great. A lot of the text felt forced, it felt very amateur, but dammit if that story line didn't keep you there. Only because it was so stinking outrageous you're reading it because you can't believe this is happening. And then you think, you know- this crap probably happens every day because people are really stupid. Good grief.
So if you are looking for a book that will bring out inner emotions of girl power, definitely read this one.