Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review - Web of Lies by Sarah Tate

How did I come into possession of this book?
I received this book in exchange for a review over at Jagged Edge reviews.  Usually non-fiction isn’t my first choice, but this story sounded interesting enough that I wanted to give it a try.

First Lines:
      “I am Sarah, and I was twenty nine years old when I made the decision to leave my hectic life in Berlin for a gentler way of life in Switzerland”  (Tate 1)

What is it about?
This book chronicles the true story of Sarah Tate, whom has fallen for a seemingly wealthy and successful older man.  After getting in way too deep by marrying him and having children she realizes that he is not all he appears to be on the surface and that most of his past and present that she believed about him is not true.
What did I think?
I wasn’t a huge fan of this book.  The story is somewhat interesting but I’m not sure if it was quite compelling enough to write a book about it.  I would possibly be more interested in a fictional book based on some true things that happened.  The writing was just ok, but whenever there was dialogue there were way too many exclamation points, and it almost made the characters seem unreal.  One thing I did enjoy was that it opened up my eyes to Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which is something I didn’t really know about.  Suddenly I was seeing narcissistic tendencies in many people I knew, even in myself. 

Who would I recommend it to?
I’d recommend this to someone who is a fan of non-fiction and doesn’t necessarily need a well rounded story with plot twist and turns.  If just the thought that this really happened to someone is enough to keep you interested and reading you’d probably enjoy this book.  Also if you’re interested in mental disorders, particularly ones that might not be obvious at first like NPD, I’d recommend this book.

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