Monday, December 12, 2011

Web of Lies: My Life With a Narcissist by Sarah Tate: Book Spotlight & Review

I am thrilled to share with you a new book called Web of Lies: My Life With a Narcissist - this one really looked great from the moment I opened the envelope and it did not disappoint! I am thankful to Pump Up Your Book for allowing me a spot on this tour.

About the Book:

Web of Lies takes you on an emotional roller-coaster, experienced through the eyes of Sarah Tate, an intelligent, young newcomer to Switzerland who is swept off her feet by an older, more experienced company manager. Within weeks of their meeting, Bill impresses her with a courtship vastly unusual in modern times. He lures Sarah with his intellect along with numerous gifts, expensive restaurants, and trips to luxury hotels. Sarah, who is searching for not only love but security, quickly finds herself falling for the worldly but sensitive and caring man Bill represents himself to be. In Web of Lies, she describes the highs and the lows of what it is like to be involved with a person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, how to come to terms with the abuse, and most importantly, how to escape.

Bill, who is seventeen years older than Sarah, has led what she finds at first to be a fascinating life. Married twice before, he has been recently widowed, after his second wife fell into depression and took her own life. Within months of their first meeting, Bill has proposed to Sarah, and they are planning a lavish wedding and exciting new life together. However, Sarah quickly starts to feel there may be more to Bill than meets the eye.

Sarah battles to keep the marriage on track, but is frustrated by Bill’s lackadaisical attitude towards work, and his constant bragging about how he’s going to make millions via various entrepreneurial schemes which never materialize.

Sarah eventually begins to wake up to Bill’s lies and schemes, but not before she discovers his dark side….

As the marriage ends, Sarah battles serious clinical depression in order to cope with the destructive relationship with Bill.

Sarah realizes finally that she must break the pattern of abuse in order to escape with her sanity intact. Mindful of protecting her children from him, she eventually stands up to Bill for the final time, and is left at the end to carve a new life. She is in debt and alone, but thankfully free from Bill’s negative and unhealthy influence. 

About the Author:

Sarah Tate is a single mother living and working in Switzerland. She arrived in Switzerland ten years ago and apart from a brief stay in France, has remained ever since, as Switzerland has become her adopted homeland.

Sarah has three young kids, who take up most of her time, but she still managed to find time to write her first book ‘Web of Lies – My life with a Narcissist’. The book is an auto-biographical novel which describes in graphic details, the ups and downs of life with a person who suffers from (amongst other things) Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Web of Lies takes the reader on an emotional journey and gives a deep insight into what it’s like to be sucked into the world of a disordered individual, and more importantly, how to escape with your sanity intact.

Her second book, Renaissance – A Journal of Discovery, is the sequel to Web of Lies. It describes the road to recovery from narcissistic abuse, and charts the progress of Sarah and her children as they rebuild their lives following the breakup of the family, and slowly come to terms with the financial and emotional devastation caused by Sarah’s ex.

Sarah has discovered a passion for writing, and is about to embark upon her first novel, a psychological thriller.

You can visit Sarah’s website at and her blog at  Connect with Sarah at Twitter at or Facebook at

My Thoughts:

Wow...that is all I have to say about this book.  I was taken with it from the start, and really did fall in love with the main character Sarah - I was rooting for her the entire time, hoping that she would find a way out of a world where she had no control.  I think that this is the root of the book, self-reliance, independence, and making choices that protect you and your children.

When I started reading I was taken right back to another book I read this year called Ghellow Road by T.H. Waters.  That was another book about living with someone with a mental disorder which I loved.  Web of Lies was another successful book for me on this topic.

This book truly is a roller-coaster...the relationship, the marriage, and her eventual departure from the situation are all written perfectly.  As a reader, I really was hanging on every word wondering what would become of Sarah.  It illustrates perfectly the need to really make sure you know a person inside and out before committing yourself to them, and Sarah learned this valuable lesson in the novel.

This was a heavy read, but a great one - and I highly recommend it.  Kudos to the author for an intriguing and interesting tale!

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