This book really drew me in and kept me enthralled. This is an old novel published in 1978, so the story takes place from the mid sixties to early 1980. A college girl falls in love with a man unlike any man she has ever dated, they marry, have a daughter, and thats where things get weird. He is WAY overprotective, the daughter is a brat but the mother (who is also the narrator) can't seem to control her. And when the daughter reaches 16 and starts dating....you won't know what hit you until the end. Very good novel. Characters were interesting, the story line was different and I NEVER, EVER, expected the twist.
n college, the popular, a-list Irene marries Frank; a man any girl of her ilk would normally not be caught dead with. Her friends and family are initially put off. They just can't see what the appeal is. Yet the marriage succeeds and they go on to produce daughter Regina, who becomes hideously spoiled during a long recovery from a childhood illness. When we get to the "now" of the story, the unattractive teenage Regina has inexplicably hooked a handsome boyfriend, and her father has begun to act very strange. Irene begins to believe that Frank has an unhealthy obsession, a paranoia about his daughter--but is she right, or does Frank know something that she cannot imagine??
A very quiet horror story, reminiscent of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby without the witches. It seems like a modern bad marriage tale from the 2000's, but this story was set in the late 1960's. We follow the life of Irene, her marriage to Frank, the birth of their daughter Regina. Through the years, Frank become more controlling. I was drawn in hook, line and sinker in one night and totally creeped out at the end of the story when the twist gets forcefully shoved into your face. Highly recommended for those who like psychological horrors and thrillers.