She seemed to absolve herself of any responsibility, but she let him get away with a lot of shennaigans before it all came to a head. Barbara told her story very clearly. Unfortunately, some people want to blame the victim. With Valentine's Day approaching, what better way to celebrate than to read this true story of a woman who married a man who turned out to be a sociopath and ultimately tried to kill her? Let me start this off by saying that this whole situation was awful and I can't even imagine being in her shoes and having to experience something like that. Director Mark Pellington on Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," and music videos he made for U2, Jon Bon Jovi and Imagine Dragons. Just google the case and read the facts. And the end where she describes in detail her work in victim's rights, while important, is pretty zz. Her story is not just one of betrayal by another, but cautionary tale of how we sometimes can betray ourselves. A Dance with the Devil is Barbara's courageous, compelling story -- in her own words -- of the slow, choking darkness that fell after the honeymoon was over, and what it took to finally make her escape. Were his nightmares legitimate or contrived for her benefit? It was released off of the album titled Revolutionary Vol. Let’s say it now and say it proud: Horror is back. Please try again. After discovering some papers that he had been accused of inappropriate behavior with a child, I started to investigate who I was married too and soon discovered he was no where near what he claimed to be. Interesting story, but it must be said she is an awful writer - writes like she is in a 1940s film. The story is indeed true. I had to force myself to read it to get to the incident. And much as her husband was disgusting, she shows herself to be a social-climber of the first order. Barbara skillfully weaves her personal tale of deceit into a griping story of romantic love, betrayal and attempted murder. It was hard to put down! I gave it one star only for the fact that this woman had the courage to write a book about this horrible event in her life. She explains her thinking at the time although the story is told through the lens of hindsight. After he tried to kill her she was able to change the divorce law in California! Even as a successful 35 year old, Barbara's willingness to please and her desire to avoid conflict allowed her to serve as a victim. I gave it one star only for the fact that this woman had the courage to write a book about this horrible event in her life. At the beginning of the book I kept thinking how dumb could she be. I enjoyed the book and I have also had an encounter with a psychopath that I dated over a year. I threw my copy away to avoid anyone else having to read it. The hell you say! I defiantly understand to some degree on what a person like this is capable of...I think its something a lot of people should read, it helps you to know what to look out for because there are people out there like this who can suck you into believing anything they say. A book showing the effects of blind love! And while I do think that the event was horrible, traumatic, sad and worth committing to paper - I think she could have taken more time and done a much better job. "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" With that being said; This was not a good book. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The author speaks as her future self looking back, now strong and enlightened to the tactics her "admiral" used to draw her into his fantasy world. From the start though, things didn`t quite add up. Interesting story, but it must be said she is an awful writer - writes like she is in a 1940s film. The signs were all glaringly apparent but the author didn't deal with these things because she was more interested in the social circle, status, travel and monatary things (like a Bentley) she thought this marriage would furnish her with. Not only did this woman survive, but sh. And while I do think that the event was horrible, traumatic, sad and worth committing to paper - I think she could have taken more time and done a much better job. The book had obviously sat in water. In the end she preserved and that's one of the keys to her story. A DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: A TRUE STORY OF MARRIAGE TO A PSYCHOPATH is Barbara Bentley's story of how fairy tale dreams, trust and hope collide with the crazy-making world of psychopaths and domestic violence. Dancing With The Devil Witness (West Texas) “I remember that night, it was about 23 years ago. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. It is hard to see all she went through and that she never gave up the in the end. Barbara Bentley thought she had it all when she fell for charming Rear Admiral John Perry. Still, that did not shield me from the criticisms of other woman. She KNEW, just didn't want to be alone or admit it was all wrong. Barbara Bentley's memoir is not only an entertaining and suspenseful read but also a valuable cautionary tale. I've read a lot of true crime books, and this one seemed amateur by comparison. First Person Plural: My Life as a Multiple. Enthralled with each other, the next logical step is marriage. This is a must read book for women who get tangled up in a relationship where there are more questions than answers about the person they are involved with. So poorly written it was painful! More songs about people who committed crimes, Director Mark Pellington ("Jeremy," "Best Of You"), Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors Examined. I never do that. This was all in all an intersting read. I picked this book up from tbe library on Friday and by late Saturday night the book was finished! I hope she was able to somewhat recover mentally and emotionally. Barbara Bentley's memoir is not only an entertaining and suspenseful read but also a valuable cautionary tale. She seemed to set on justifying her blind eye. Compelling reading about a sociopath who so elegantly and charmingly targets his mark, and the mark's gradual, often disbelieving, realization of the danger she is in. Refresh and try again. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book is about a woman who falls in love with a crazy psychopath/sociopath & doesn't realize it till too late. And then! Something went wrong. Very damaged. Many unusual folks appear in Grateful Dead songs. Not this. Even though Barbara Is foolish and naive,i also find her to be materialistic,and wanting only the best for herself, example such as wanting to marry a highly decorated man with connections,money etc,so i basically think she got what she deser. However, what I thought was odd in this story was being married to someone for so many years and never meeting his family. Can you identify them? This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. A book that informs, on many levels. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Once I started, I couldn't stop! I also thought it was interesting that she would agree to give up the dogs after what John did to the authors cat but fight over airline miles. There's a problem loading this menu right now. The Anxiety Expert: A Psychiatrist's Story of Panic, First Person Plural: My Life As a Multiple, Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness, Guilty by Reason of Insanity: A Psychiatrist Probes the Minds of Killers, Barbara's chilling story of attempted murder helps us see what really goes on in these relationships before a woman joins the ranks with Stacy, Laci, and Nicole. I thought it was terrible. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Barbara Bentley is an engaging author. by Berkley, A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath. 1 in 2001. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. I can understand that you fall in love & always want to believe that everything is ok, you don't want to admit things are not as rosy as you would like, but I kept hoping she would kick his ass out WAAAY back! I found the chapters to be repetitive and boring, and there was far too much "feel good / I'm a survivor" stuff in here for my taste. However, what I thought was odd in this story was being married to someone for so many years and never meeting his family. Unable to add item to List. With Valentine's Day approaching, what better way to celebrate than to read this true story of a woman who married a man who turned out to be a sociopath and ultimately tried to kill her? Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020. I also recommend "Snakes in Suits". I am glad she was able to get the Law changed. The little justice served the issue is by virtue of the book's status as a real-life, factual account. (Don't they all?) entangledwithasociopath.blogspot.com, Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2013. And the end where she describes in detail her work in victim's rights, while important, is pretty zz. This book is about a woman who falls in love with a crazy psychopath/sociopath & doesn't realize it till too late. An interesting story of a woman who gets caught up with a pyschopath, marries him, starts to unravel his lies, and then barely gets away when he tries to kill her. Bookish Trend: Horror Returns From the Dead. This scenario could happen to anyone. Read A Dance with the Devil in 2 days. She did a great job describing her perspective while still believing her husbands false persona. This is a cautionary tale, especially important for those who are dating, to read. A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs. We’d love your help. Unanswered questions--even if it remains a mystery it would have been nice for her to acknowlege it. Start by marking “A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She comes face to face with the maze of legislative bureaucracy. Definitely not recommended. The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. That being said I found this book extremely hard to get through. Basically reads like a Dateline episode from the victim's POV. I've read a lot of true crime books, and this one seemed amateur by comparison. At the beginning of the book I kept thinking how dumb could she be. She seemed to absolve herself of any responsibility, but she let him get away with a lot of shennaigans before it all came to a head. She is really amazing! Personal growth, human strength - you hate the woman's weakness but you learn to admire her strength. I found the chapters to be repetitive and boring, and there was far too much "feel good / I'm a survivor". Psychopaths are skilled at manipulating. And I have read biographical accounts that though interesting, are a challenge to get through. Miss Bentley's observation that because every moment was not fraught with stress, that in fact, she and John shared many delightful and happy days, is testament to how any one of us may have been similarly taken in. Even down to the sexual dysfunctions, the characteristics and actions of this man seemed to be repeating from my own life. Yes there were red flags, but when we truly believe in someone we sometimes ignore them. It was an interesting read about a woman,''Barbara'' that gets involved with a psychopath,''John'' and foolishly married him even though he waves just about every red flag warning in her face to what he is all about. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Ethan Hawke got it in the movie Reality Bites. Compelling read but in all the wrong ways! This book suffered a little from the author's hindsight. I enjoyed reading her book.
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