What are the best domestic violence books in fiction?

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    #1Women in the Trees

    Women in the Trees
    Susan Koppelman's Women in the Trees is a compilation of short stories about abuse and resistance as told by US women. The controversial book was published on September 1st, 2004 by The Feminist Press at CUNY.
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    Mildred Diaz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This groundbreaking anthology of stories of women being abused and resisting abuse covers pieces published from 1839 to 2000. It's fascinating to see the stories in the context of the history of literature on the subject, and to see how much things have changed--and how much they haven't."
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    #2Sleeping With the Enemy

    Sleeping With the Enemy

    Now a motion picture featuring award-winning actress, Julia Roberts, Sleeping With the Enemy is a suspense-drama novel by Nancy Price. The novel was published on February 1st, 1991.

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    Paul Lucas
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Sleeping with the Enemy is a popular book about being in a violent relationship. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it does highlight important readings for those in an abusive relationship. It's well worth a read."
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    #3Waverly Place

    Waverly Place

    Waverly Place is the author  Sarah Brownmiller's debut novel about a domestic violence that really made an impact in America. The groundbreaking novel was published on December 5th, 1989 by Signet.

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    Víctor Hugo Navarrete
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Disturbing and not for the squeamish, I didn't think it was very well realized and wouldn't recommend. If you're into fictionalized accounts of horrific real life events, there are other authors who do a better job with this sort of material. "
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    #4Safe Haven

    Safe Haven
    Safe Haven is another novel-turned-movie masterpiece from #1 New York Times Bestselling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. The suspense-thriller romantic novel was published on September 14th,  2010 by Grand Central Publishing.
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    Robert Davidson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Eh. This was ok, not great. I think i could do a lot better, but this book wasn't too bad. Obviously a very popular book by a well known author, so it wasn't terrible for me, just not great or the best of. An entertaining but forgettable read."
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    #5The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)
    The Girl Who Played with Fire is a novel about a computer hacker named Lisbeth. She is escaping an accusation of murders and she will only prove innocent if the journalist Mikael will help him.
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    Cynthia Aguilar
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I can imagine based off of summaries that the book could end up having a fair amount of domestic violence plots within it, but it does not seem as thought that is the main idea. I could be wrong though."
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    #6October Snow

    October Snow

    October Snow is a 2014 Reader's Favorite Award Winning drama novel by Jenna Brooks. This novel about a domestically-abused woman and her desire to help those who have suffered the same fate was published on November 29th, 2012 by CreateSpace. 

     

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    #7The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller wherein Rachel, the protagonist, takes the same train on her everyday commute. She always catches a glimpse of a couple from the window of the train, and one day when she witnesses something terrible.


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    Patricia Wallace
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This actually isn't my favorite Paula Hawkins book but I think it's worth a read if you're interested in her books at all give it a try but maybe try Gone Girl first. Sharp Objects was the one that I just tore through and read in a day or two but most people are more interested in Gone Girl."
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    #8Behind Closed Doors

    Behind Closed Doors

    Susan R. Sloan's Behind Closed Doors is a suspense-drama novel about a love gone wrong. The novel about Valerie O 'Connor's struggles as an abused wife published on October 1st, 2005 by Warner Books (NY).

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    Kelly Barrett
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book is a bit awkward, and I wouldn't really recommend it, especially to anyone who's experienced DV before. The premises and assumptions are a bit unreal, and the 'message' the author manages to convey whether intended or not, is not the healthiest. Stay away unless you want to get mad at everything."
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    #9The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.

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    #10Consequences

    Consequences

    Consequences is a book by Aleatha Roming that tells a story of Claire, a beautiful woman that is captured by a rich and handsome yet controlling guy. She will do whatever it takes to control the game and escape.

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    Rodrigo Espinosa
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A book that delves into the horror of domestic violence is Consequences. It is a book that tells a story of Claire, a beautiful woman that is captured by a rich and handsome yet controlling guy. Claire does everything in her power to escape his domestic abuse."
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    #11Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises)

    Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises)

    Blue-Eyed Devil is the second book in the Travises series written by Lisa Kleypas. This contemporary romance fiction book is first published in 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Frances Walters
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Lisa Kleypas's style of writing and the amount of detail she put into her descriptions were so good that it was easy for me to image myself as the characters. It isn't a typical romance book but that is part of the reason that the book was so good because it's unique. I look forward to reading more of this author's books."
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    #12Shelter Mountain (Virgin River)

    Shelter Mountain (Virgin River)

    Shelter Mountain is a contemporary romance fiction and the second book in Virgin River series written by Robyn Carr. This chick lit novel is first published in 2007 by Mira Books. 

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    Bobby Simmons
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I bought the book "Shelter Mountain (Virgin River)", and I'm reading it now. This novel is really interesting, but being part of a series, I should have started with the previous episode to fully appreciate the dynamics described inside the book. Anyway, it'a pleasant lecture, and I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #13Last Chance

    Last Chance

    Last Chance is an online narrative created by the_eden_bennet and published on Wattpad. It follows the story of Avery Jensen as she tries to balance and escape from her abusive relationship with her boyfriends, Hayes.

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    Josh Hicks
    Written on January 9, 2019
    "It shows domestic violence in all different forms. It has physical abuse as well as mental, emotional, and verbal. It shows how it can really affect someone and how hard to is to get out. This is the description they put: Avery Jensen has lost so much in her life but her best friend Zack Slack has always been there to pick up the pieces. When she gets a new boyfriend, Hayes Connell, they are both put in a situation where even Zack can't help her. Avery has to battle a physically abusive relationship with Hayes and an emotionally abusive relationship with Zack. She walks a tight rope between her boyfriend and best friend trying to find love, safety, and herself in the process."
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    #14All Grown Up

    All Grown Up
    All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg is a humorous domestic fiction novel originally published in March 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This book follows the story of a 39-year old woman Andrea Bern.
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    Richard Brewer
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book didn't have anything to do with domestic violence so I'm not sure why it was in the tags. I'm not really upset it was a decent read but I do kinda feel ripped off as I was expecting some sad and dramatic moments, moments that never came. Overall it was a good read but I was pretty annoyed by the end of it."
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    #15Villa Incognito

    Villa Incognito

    Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins is a domestic fiction and romance novel originally published in 2003 by the Bantam Books. This book tells the story of a Japanese creature called Tanuki who can easily shapeshift for his pleasures.

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    #16Anything Is Possible

    Anything Is Possible
    Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout is a domestic fiction novel originally published in April 2017. This book explores the daily struggles of people and how deep the impact of emotion is in our lives.
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    Janet Stephens
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The novel Anthing is Possilble delves into the nuance issue of domestic abuse. It’s provides such realistic stories that can allow an open forum be discussed on such a controversial topics."
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    #17A Kind of Freedom

    A Kind of Freedom

    A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexto is a domestic fiction novel originally published in August 2017. This book was nominated for the National Book Award 2017 and it won the New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.

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    Carmen Méndez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The solution listed above seems incorrect. The solution description doesn't seem to have anything to do with domestic violence. This is about something else."
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    #18Indigo Blue

    Indigo Blue

    Indigo Blue is a children's fiction novel written by Cathy Cassidy and it was first published in 2005 by Puffin Books. This book follows the story of Indigo who recently moved to another place with her Mom and baby sister to live a new life.

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    José Olivares
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Read this to my niece as a change to the constant happy books we read. I liked having to explain to her the heavy concept behind it. Great read for kids to get them used to some of the hard parts of life."
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    #19Searching for Caleb

    Searching for Caleb
    Searching for Caleb is a domestic fiction novel written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This book was originally published in 1975 by Knopf. It follows the story of Duncan Peck and his family.
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    Olivia Sims
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is worth reading. Highly recommend."
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    #20If Morning Ever Comes

    If Morning Ever Comes

    If Morning Ever Comes is a domestic fiction novel written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This book was originally published in 1964 by Knopf. It follows the story of a law student Ben Joe Hawkes as he faces his family issues.

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    Ed Tang
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "If Morning Ever Comes is considered domestic fiction, but does not involve domestic violence. For that reason, I will be rating it low for this Topic, even though I enjoyed the book."
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    #21Ladder of Years

    Ladder of Years

    Ladder of Years is a domestic fiction novel written by award-winning author, Anne Tyler. This book was originally published in 1995 by Knopf. It was followed by A Patchwork Planet that was published in 1998.

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    Christina Davidson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "It was hard for me to get into the characters in this. They didn't seem quite real somehow. This book is just okay."

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Best What are the best domestic violence books in fiction
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Women in the TreesBooks 58 Paid
2Sleeping With the EnemyBooks 54 Paid
3Waverly PlaceBooks 50 Paid
4Safe HavenBooks 50 Paid
5The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)Books 46 Paid
6October SnowBooks 43 Paid
7The Girl on the TrainBooks 43 Paid
8Behind Closed DoorsBooks 41 Paid
9The Prince of TidesBooks 25 Paid
10ConsequencesBooks 15 Paid
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