In William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander says, "The course of true love never did run smooth." No kidding! And what about when love isn’t remotely true and it goes from bad to worse? Literature is littered with examples where bad romantic relationships go to hell in a handbasket.
For the reader, it’s strangely addictive watching two lovers fall apart – rather like seeing a car crash in slow motion. We have selected 25 notable examples of fiction featuring adultery, deceit, abuse, torture, obsession, murder, lying, cheating and a myriad of poor decisions made in the name of love. You might be less willing to go on a blind date with that pretty girl from accounts after reading a few of these books.
There’s no shortage of gripping drama in this selection as love veers into abject terror. Cupid’s aim has never been worse.