A Dance With the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath

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Penguin, Nov 4, 2008 - True Crime - 384 pages
Her marriage to retired Navy admiral John Perry seemed almost too good to be true. Because it was?

At the start of her relationship with the intelligent and worldly John Perry, Barbara Bentley couldn?t believe her luck?so when things didn?t add up, she struggled to ignore her doubts. She kept trying to put the pieces together?unaware that some of them were simply missing. Even as he drained her credit, dodged her questions, manipulated her and misled her, she stayed with him, suppressing her growing suspicions. Ultimately he would try to kill her, proving himself not a protector and provider, but a predator.

This is Barbara?s courageous, compelling story, in her own words?of the slow, choking darkness that fell after the honeymoon was over, what it took to finally drive her to escape and start her life anew, and her tireless efforts to protect other women and help them learn from her example.
 

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The author writes an honest , easy to read description of her marriage to a psychopath. Seems she had questions, concerns from the beginning but ignored them until it was almost too late. Read full review

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Sadly, an all too familiar story about what happens when one person crosses the path of a psychopath. For anyone who has endured a similar relationship, they will easily relate to this story. For ... Read full review

Contents

1 UNDERSTAND YOURSELF
3 BESTOW TRUST ONLY WHEN EARNED
6 BECOME ONE PERSON WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE
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Barbara Bentley entered the world of writing accidentally, as the result of her attempted murder by her husband. Her first book, A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath, tells her story, which has also been featured on Dateline and in the Lifetime TV show Final Justice. She is a recipient of the Paul H. Chapman award from the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice in Atlanta, Georgia.

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