ABOUT THE BOOK
A Divorced Woman. A Dangerous Man. A Devastating Affair.
‘You’re right. It is totally extraordinary. My life is like a film; you couldn’t make it up … But there’s something I have to tell you,’ he confided, as he leaned across the table towards me. ‘I’m not normal.’
Carolyn Woods was living happily in a quiet Cotswolds village when an attractive stranger abruptly arrived in her life.
Introducing himself as Mark Conway, he exuded confidence and to her surprise Carolyn quickly became captivated by this mysterious man. A rich Swiss banker (who later confessed to being a spy), he offered Carolyn companionship and introduced her to an exciting, glamorous world.
In fact, some things were so astonishing she began to question her new lover. Was all as it seemed?
The truth was even harder to believe. For a start, his real name was Mark Acklom, he was wanted by Interpol, and he was rich but for one reason only…
A true-crime story that reads like a thriller, Sleeping with a Psychopath is a blow-by-blow account of the power of manipulation and a testament to the human will to survive.
What an incredible story this is! Carolyn Woods was a confident 54-year-old woman, divorced and financially well off until she met the man that nightmares is made from. Mark Conway as he introduced himself to Carolyn, was a confident, charismatic conman that walked into her life one day and ruined her financially and emotionally.
Conway, an alias, wasn’t new to this way of life and came across like a serpent that had hypnotised his prey into doing whatever he wanted. He was good at this and knew how to isolate, manipulate and devastate his victims. Anything he said, Carolyn believed. He staged elaborate scenarios that she could witness. I know it sounds incredible, but he was backing everything up with solid evidence.
It must take some doing to tell the world how she was coned, and it would be so easy to stand on the outside and say how could she not realise what he was? He had the gift of the gab, the manipulation to turn everything back on her. If someone is so defensive and hurt, you think that you must be wrong.
I don’t want to go into detail, about the lengths he went, you should read that yourself. I read so much with a dropped jaw. I liked the quotes at the start of each chapter that related to what had happened. I have to agree with Carolyn that there is something much deeper with this man. I don’t think there is a cure. It is who he is.
This book has shown tremendous courage from Carolyn. I hope she has found peace in her life.
I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carolyn studied Comparative Literature and French at the University of East Anglia. She believes in thinking for herself, in taking responsibility for her actions, and in trying to see the world from different points of view. She has been told that three of her best characteristics are that she is fun, generous and resilient, and that three of her worst are that she is volatile, stubborn, and will cut her nose off to spite her face. A natural optimist, she tries to retain a positive outlook, even in the most challenging of times. She lives in the country with a beautiful ginger cat and finds that life in the slow lane has plenty to recommend it.