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The book is almost always better than the movie. NOT THE CASE HERE!
What is usually one of the better parts about a book is that you get to know what the characters are thinking. In this book Sara/Laura has a very disjointed thought process that is difficult to follow much of the time.
I also do NOT like that the Ben character actually thought about hitting her. NOT all men think that way and this book puts the blame for the men wanting to hit her on her shoulders. While I realize that it is 'normal' for abusers to work at convincing their victims that whatever they do is the fault of the victim, MOST MEN DO NOT THINK THIS WAY.
For suspense the movie was SO much better. The Sara/Laura character in the movie seemed much more wary and skittish, making her seem more realistic than the book character.
Someone who had lived with a violent abuser for several years would not have felt so comfortable so quickly (2-3 weeks in the book).
I did not enjoy this book, nor would I recommend it to anyone.