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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
There Was a Crooked Man by Katrina Morgan is the story of how a bad relationship can not only destroy you but make your life a living hell. Jack and Katie started their love affair like any other couple; they met, they enjoyed each other’s company and then they fell in love. But things took a bad turn very suddenly. Jack and Katie lost each other and themselves as the relationship progressed. Somehow Jack turned out to be a narcissist, a man who would do anything to get what he wanted, no matter what the cost. Katie was tired of living this life, a mix of perpetual fear and desperation, so she tries to run away from him. But Jack knows what she is planning on doing and he has every intention of catching up to her before she can get away from him. When plans are shattered and desperation takes root in your heart, is any place safe?
This was a dark psychological thriller; the suspense was heavy and the atmosphere was just perfect for the story. The relationship between Katie and Jack was just chaotic from the very beginning. Katie never stood up for herself and Jack always overstepped the limits. What I really enjoyed was the fact that the author gave full disclosure to readers, there was nothing hidden about any characters. This made the story even more interesting and got me hooked. I found that both of them were at fault since relationships like these always have a start and there are always signs to indicate if a pairing isn’t right. The suspense had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I wanted Katie to get away and Jack to be punished, but at the same time, I wanted to smack them both because they really let the other person bring them to this point. This heart-racing novel gave me a lot to think about and gave me an adrenaline rush that lasted long after I finished the story.