Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards
Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards is a fantastic read, full of past traumas, jealous rages, and all of the women in Andrew’s life.
Andrew Sumner is a lonely computer nerd with a painful past. His only family is his sister Tilly, who has paraplegia. When he met Charlie, his entire world lit up, and he was happier than ever. Formerly a work from home recluse, he is suddenly beginning to interact with the world again.
But then Charlie’s green eyed monster begins to appear, and her jealous rages frighten Andrew. As if that isn’t bad enough, scary and dangerous things start to happen to the women in his life.
His best friend Sasha’s married ex-boyfriend is stalking her. Andrew’s housekeeper Kristi gets acid thrown in her face. Karen, Tilly’s aide, is reeling from her boyfriend turning abusive.
As things spiral out of control, Andrew becomes suspicious of Charlie. Is she who she says she is? Or is there something sinister going on here?
This book was delightful. While it was not super twisty and turny, it is a great story that flows very well.
I enjoyed the characters, and despite Charlie’s shortcomings (as big as they are), I enjoyed her character the most. She has an enormous emotional streak in her that puts her behavior on the fence between jealous and borderline personality.
I feel like the roller coaster she had Andrew on, both the good and the bad, made the book what it was. Every encounter with Charlie was an adventure where you never knew what you would get.
I also enjoyed Tilly, Andrew’s sister. She’s very sassy in her wheelchair. In real life, she’d be a fun friend to have.
Last, I enjoyed the references back to Lucy from The Magpies.
All in all, I give Because She Loves Me four very well deserved stars. Mark Edwards has quickly become a favorite of mine.