What are the best novels about abusive or controlling relationships?

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    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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    Frances Williams
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is my first book to read by the author I'm reading some reviews, then I read that consequnces series is really good series then by impulse I bought complete series even the two books from Anthony's POV ( yes, you right! I wish I bought 1 book at a time ) but like I said I was overhelmed by the message I read!"
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    #2Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful)

    Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful)

    Beautiful Disaster is a novel written by Jamie McGuire. This romance novel is published in 2011, and it is part of the Beautiful series. It is about Abby Abernathy whose life has changed after entering college.


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    Helen Edwards
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I think I’m the only person on my GoodRead’s list that has read this book and didn’t fall in love with it. Maybe it’s because I read, mostly, adult books filled with lots of sex, but thought this whole book I keep saying to myself “I am reading the vanilla teen version of Fifty Shades of Grey!” At first I liked Travis. Most girls have a thing for a bad boy with tattoos, sadly. I even liked the whole “act like you aren’t interested and immediately they will become interest” because that s*** is real! I loved how Abby wasn’t affected by him. Then she caved. And instead of me being like “Oh, wow, he’s changing for her” I was like “This s*** is getting creepy… FAST”! He is on the fast track to becoming a wife beater and/or murder. Like, about 70% of the time I was reading, I was just picturing Mark Wahlberg in Fear. I’m seeing all these poles where girls are voting him “hottest book boyfriend” and now that I’ve finally read this I’m over here like “WUT!?” Travis = Bats***. End of story! PS – Pigeon is the stupidest nickname ever! (It had to be said!) Stage three creeper things Travis did off the top of my head: 1) trashed the apartment and ripped the door from the hinges the night after she gave him her virginity (Anna Steel Style), 2) The tattoos, 3) The grabbing her ass while staring down other guys interested in Abby, 4) Redecorating his room with pictures and items from times with her (FEAR STYLE, AGAIN), 5)Having a wedding ring picked out, just chilling in your night stand 6) Beating up everyone in a killer like manner that so much as hints about his little pigeon in a negative light."
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    #3Entwined (The Life of Anna)

    Entwined (The Life of Anna)

    Entwined is the second novel in The Life of Anna series written by Marissa Honeycutt. This dark fantasy erotic novel with a paranormal theme was originally published in 2014.


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    Arthur Nelson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I have not read this one but it looks to have all the interesting and craziness that drives me crazy with this world. I will never understand how a woman can not get out from under a controlling man but this book seems to tell a great story about it. "
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    #4Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark)

    Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark)
    To celebrate their two year anniversary, Brax and Tess go to Mexico, where the beaches, cocktails and romantic evenings are making them having a great time. Everything changes as soon as she gets kidnapped, and has no choice but to move from being scared and ruined, to fierce and brave in order to escape from her new owners. 

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    Muhammad Chavan
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This story seems pretty solid and I feel if the main female character, Tess, is likable and easy to route for, I do think anyone would be curious to see if she ultimately escapes her fate and returns home. This plot has been done before but still stays strong, in my opinion."
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    #5The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.

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    Howard Ross
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The controlling relationships are very odd to read about. The new best-selling memoirs that I have discovered are fun. Like that I can read offline when there is no internet connection or I just want to relax.."
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    #6New Moon (The Twilight Saga)

    New Moon (The Twilight Saga)

    Bella and Edward are separated because he thinks that his mere presence was putting her at risk. Devastated, Bella will find a great friend in Jacob Black, who can shape-shift into a wolf and will protect her from Victoria, a vampire seeking vengeance. 


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    Aaron Stanley
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I appreciated this book because it was able to blend two different types of genres into one: a book about abusive relationships turning into a teenager werewolf type scene. I thought the writing was good and the message powerful and enjoyed my time with the book."
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    #7Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga)

    Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga)

    Breaking Dawn is the 4th book in the series Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer that tells the story of Bella and Edward, and their journey in overcoming all the evils that set them apart. After finding out that she is pregnant, Bella decides to move back to her home town, but things won't get any better for her. 


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    Arthur Knight
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Breaking Dawn is the best book about abusive or controlling relationships. That whole thing is a triangle and completely messed up. I'm sure most people have seen the movies or read the books so they probably already know that. "
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    #8Destroy Me (The Obsession)

    Destroy Me  (The Obsession)

    Destroy Me is a complete collection of the obsession series from book 1 to 3, written by Laura Bailey that tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a man who has dark secrets.  


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    Joe Holmes
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A very dark and disturbing book. I couldn't relate to any part of the story and felt dirty after reading it. Can't say I recommend it but it is at least different."
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    #9Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet)

    Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet)

    Seduced in the Dark is the second book in The Dark Duet written by C.J. Roberts. This follows the story of Caleb and Livvie in the world of sex-trafficking where there are instances of abuse, rape, slavery, BDSM.  


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    Charles Collins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I had a friend that recently got out of a really controlling relationship. To help her with getting over this I decided to get her the book Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet). I heard a lot of good things about this book and really think it's a nice way for her to change how she's seeing things."
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    #10Twilight Saga

    Twilight Saga

    When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves with her father, she expects a dull life. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen hates her, until, that is, he saves her life. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness...


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    Crystal Perkins
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This series is a great fiction case study in abusive relationships. 17-year-old Bella moves to a small town and has no friends, she is almost hit by a car and killed however a vampire decades older than her saves her, he then proceeds to engage in a paedophilic controlling relationship with her. I wont give more details so as not to spoil the story but this is a bizarre read for sure. "
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    Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is published in 2000. This young adult novel tells the story of Caitlin who forgets everything whenever she is with Rogerson. Caitlin is stuck in a quite unreal semiconscious dreamland.

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    Katherine Wilson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I dislike this book for the story line of the "bad girl" persona. I read it to the end but will not ready any others."
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    #12Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)

    Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)
    Eclipse is the third book in the Twilight Series. The story revolves around the new challenges Bella and Edward faces as vampire to human couple. In this book, Bella will struggle to choose between Edward and his best friend Jacob.

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    Victoria Delgado
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The whole series is about infatuation with a controlling man. I don't think the author intended this, but it's what it is. Of course, powerful and rich speaks to a lot of women who want to be "taken care of" so I guess it works for them. "
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    #13Fifty Shades Trilogy

    Fifty Shades Trilogy

    The Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James (Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed) tells the story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey as they embark on a daring, passionately physical affair that will take unexpected twists and turns.


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    María Elena Gil
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love these books. I find myself not being able to put them down. The love story is just captivating. Christian is only controlling in the very beginning. We see him start to change and morph into this loving and caring being as he falls in love. The story truly shows love can change a person for the better. "
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    Push is a horrifying book written by Damien Paul that tells the haunting story of Precious Jones. She is only 16 but her father already made her pregnant. She does not only suffer sexual abuse but physical abuse too. 


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    Charles Webb
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a haunting story that is hard to read. I don't like how upsetting the content is. I don't recommend this book for younger audiences."


Best What are the best novels about abusive or controlling relationships
1ConsequencesBooks 43 Paid
2Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful)Books 38 Paid
3Entwined (The Life of Anna)Books 33 Paid
4Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark)Books 29 Paid
5The Glass CastleBooks 28 Paid
6New Moon (The Twilight Saga)Books 26 Paid
7Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga)Books 18 Paid
8Destroy Me (The Obsession)Books 14 Paid
9Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet)Books 11 Paid
10Twilight SagaBooks 5 Paid

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