Meg White and her boyfriend Steve were enjoying their anniversary when they met Jordan Blair. Instantly, Meg is uneasy about Jordan and his cool, poss...moreMeg White and her boyfriend Steve were enjoying their anniversary when they met Jordan Blair. Instantly, Meg is uneasy about Jordan and his cool, possessive stare unnerves her. She's amazed that someone so handsome and sophisticated would be interested in little ol plain her. She's nothing special but Jordan makes her feel like she's the most amazing woman on earth and when he steals her away from Steve, she follows only too happily. He showers her with attention and gifts and his sexual appetite for her is insatiable. It's as if he can't sate himself enough on her flesh, as if he can't brand himself deep enough in her body. At first, Meg luxuriates in his lifestyle, enjoying everything he has to offer but it quickly goes wrong. It started with simple requests and gentle coaxing, a change of hairstyle or a suggestion about a dress. Before she understands what is happening, Jordan has completely taken over her life. Everything he does is a manipulative step that will place her further and further under his control. Meg at first fears for her personal identity, her sanity and then her life. When Jordan begins to tire of his games and ultimately her, Meg desperately tries to claw herself out of her stupor. What follows is the most evil game of cat and mouse ever construed and Meg's frantic bid for survival.
After I read Sleeping with the Devil, I really had to ask myself why I read it. This was seriously one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. There are no sexual kinks to explore and be titillated by in this book and this is not an erotic or sensuous read as the synopsis would suggest. The sex that occurs in this book was clearly used to punish and to destroy. The antagonist Jordan Blair was one of the most deranged, socipathic, evil characters I have ever read about and he tortures and destroys Meg White for no other reason than the fact he enjoyed it. He sadistically and systematically strips her of her sense of self and molds her into his ideal woman, an emaciated blonde. He's beyond sick. He's evil. He will give you nightmares.
Reading about Meg's downward descent into hell was so disturbing, yet I was completely fascinated. Vanessa Marlow (or Cheryl Holt) has created a unique and compelling character in both Jordan and Meg. While the story is told entirely from Meg's point of view, the glimpses that Meg gets of Jordan's psyche is for lack of a better word, fascinating. I literally couldn't put the book down and after I was finished, I had to grab my safe and sane husband for a comforting hug. To know that there are possibly men or women out there like Jordan gave me chills and this book left me feeling sick to my stomach. At first, everything that Jordan does, Meg allows. He picked his victim well, for she's too submissive and too naive to comprehend what he wants from her. You are going to be horrified by her seeming acceptance and stubborn denial of the situation, your going to will her to run, and you root for her when she does fights back, even when all it does is make it worse. While we are given small glimpses as to why Jordan gleefully ruins her, this is all about Meg and her slow descent and then her desperate struggle to bring herself back from the dead.
While it was very, very, very hard to read, Sleeping With The Devil was extremely well written and a finely crafted foray into one woman's hell and the monster who put her there. Read at your own risk. (less)