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

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Penguin, 2008 - True Crime - 362 pages
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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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User Review  - debbieaheaton - LibraryThing

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

A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Harrowing account of Bentley's near-destruction by a skillful con man during their 14-year marriage.The first-time memoirist narrates this improbable nightmare in an easy-to-read conversational style ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
ix
To Trust or Not to Trust
xv
Passion
1
Prince Charming
3
The Infatuation
11
The Courtship
23
Moving In
33
The Proposal
45
Deep Waters
172
Suspicions
185
The Fog
200
The Attack
212
Persistence
235
The Investigator
237
The Trial
253
The Crusade
265

The Wedding
56
Patience
69
The Bliss
71
Glitter
81
The Blues
91
The Admirals Wife
100
The Admirals Family
110
The Admirals Decorations
116
The Inaugural Ball
124
The Storm
132
Deceitful Winds
144
The Sinking
155
The Awakening
273
The Stakes
287
The Sponsor
296
The Lobbyist
301
The Assembly
316
The Senate
330
The Celebration
342
The Prince and the Pauper
349
The Victim and the Victor
355
Survival Tips
357
Resources
361
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About the author (2008)

Barbara Bentleyis a victim’s advocate in California, where she was directly responsible for the passage of Assembly Bill 16, which changed California divorce law. A member of STAND! Against Domestic Violence, she addresses women’s and victim’s rights organizations.

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