In Part Two of the book, the narrative shifts to Alfie's point of view as he ponders his situation. He isn't sure at first if he's being held against his will, but despite his mental and emotional limitations, he figures it out in a hurry. Readers will be pleased and surprised at his response to his situation. Heaps of praise to author Naymark for her handling of these sensitive scenes, for the well-done flashbacks that lay out Laney's old life, and for a captivating story that leads to an emotional but satisfying bittersweet ending.
Instead of building the kind of tension that opening sentence promised, Naymark keeps looping back to extended flashbacks showing exactly why Owen Hopper emerged from prison determined to inflict a world of hurt on the woman he considers his nemesis ... Heartfelt but unsurprising except for a single twist that will shock no one but the hard-used heroine.