No One Knew

Renee Olivier

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA MEMOIR

    Core Theme

    REDEMPTION, MENTAL ILLNESS

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    MARRIAGE STORY

    CHARACTER LIST

    RENEE: TRUSTING, NURTURING, EMPATHETIC

    JOE: NARCISSISTIC, SELFISH, SECRETIVE, MANIPULATIVE RENEE’S HUSBAND

    SHANE: FUN, ADVENTUROUS, JOE’S FRIEND

    EMMA: SWEET, KIND, RENEE’S DAUGHTER

    CHRISTY: OUTSPOKEN, FORGIVING, JOE’S EX-WIFE

    CALLIE: NEEDY, YOUNG, JOE’S DAUGHTER

    Logline

    When an unsuspecting mother of two marries a man who is a sociopath, she finds herself in a whirlwind of lies, infidelity, and endless betrayals by a very evil individual. The abuse she endures is painfully raw and results in a long, arduous, and terrifying journey.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Phoenix, AZ and Newberg, OR

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self-published

    Year Published: 2020

    Starting Description

    The story opens with Renee going through a divorce and becoming a single mother that ultimately wants to get back out into the dating world again. She meets and falls for Joe, and feels an instant connection. Joe seemed the charming and devoted man any woman could ever wish for.

    Ending Description

    Little did Renee know, she was now entangled in the web of a sociopath, as she struggled to remain rational, often blaming herself for Joe's erratic and abusive behavior. Breaking away after eight years, she regains her life and her self-esteem.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    978-0-578-68852-7

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: Renee

    Age: 38

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Naive,Obedient,Funny,Romantic,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Joe

    Age: 36

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Crazy,Confident,Engaging,Narcisstic,Masculine,Power Hungry,Funny,Secretive,Manipulative,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    Logline: When an unsuspecting mother of two marries a man who is a sociopath, she finds herself in a whirlwind of lies, infidelity, and endless betrayals by a very evil individual. The abuse she endures is painfully raw and results in a long, arduous, and terrifying journey. Title: No One Knew Characters: This is a true story that focuses almost exclusively on the two leads – Renee, a single mother of two that believed she found her forever soulmate, and Joe, the charming and charismatic man who would seek to destroy her. Story: (set-up) The story opens with Renee going through a divorce and becoming a single mother that ultimately wants to get back out into the dating world again. She meets and falls for Joe, and feels an instant connection. Little did she know she was inviting a manipulating sociopath into her life. At first, their relationship was a fairytale. Joe seemed the charming and devoted man any woman could ever wish for. But soon that fairytale turned into a nightmare, as slowly he used every insecurity and fear she had against her. As he mercilessly and methodically wore her down, Renee struggled to remain rational, often blaming herself for Joe's erratic and abusive behavior. The mental and emotional torture escalated once they were married until Renee's sense of right and wrong became completely blurred. Little did Renee know, she was now entangled in the web of a sociopath.

    Genre

    DRAMA

    Brief

    A single mom meets the man of her dreams. He quickly starts becoming psychologically abusive and uses her insecurities against her. After nearly losing herself in his abuse, she is finally able to escape and start a new life.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: FAIR

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, the book profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    Hoping that one of the characters would have a compelling arc is what makes the story interesting.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The book focuses so much victimhood that it overshadows everything. Perhaps fictionalizing a narrative would make the book more absorbing.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The sociopathy of one of the characters is the hook of the story.

    Fanbase Potential

    I doubt this would have a large fan base. It is a very personal account of a bad marriage and would probably not resonate with a huge audience.

    Awards Potential

    Awards potential is unlikely given that the story lacks an engaging plot.

    Envisioned Budget

    LOW BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    MARRIAGE STORY

    What’s New About the Story

    The story is original because it is based on one woman's marriage. However, embellishing the story a bit could make it more unique and enjoyable.

    Lead Characters

    The character of Joe is by far the most interesting character. He has a lot of flaws and his unpredictability makes him stand out.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This could definitely use some narrative enhancement. Adding a developed storyline that really explores Joe's secret life would be a transformative improvement.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Streaming, Unscripted

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    This is missing an exciting plot. It is more of a list of grievances than an unfolding chronicle.

    Tips for Improvement

    To consider this for development, the story needs to be elevated. There would need to be an effort to fictionalize a history around Joe's secret life or adding some other sort of intriguing details to round out the plot.

    Brief

    A single mom remarries the man of her dreams. He soon shows his true colors and becomes psychologically abusive. The marriage deteriorates and she tries to go on with her life after they divorce.

    What We Liked

    This brings awareness to the perils of marrying someone who has abusive tendencies. It could offer an inspirational and supportive message to those who have suffered through relationships touched by mental illness.

    Film: This could be developed into a character study of Joe. He is by far the most interesting character and perhaps fictionalizing a narrative about his secret life would make it more interesting for audiences.

    TV: Renee’s story could be presented as a segment in a documentary style television series dealing with sociopathy.

    Key points: Based on real people; Brings awareness to mental illness; Female lead - redemption; Potentially positive message people dealing with mental illness in a relationship; Niche subject matter

    Synopsis

    Renee is a single mom to her children, Ryan and Emma, after an amicable divorce from her first husband. When she decides to date again, she goes online. She meets Joe, who is handsome and charming. They have an instant connection and he seems like the perfect man for her. They quickly move in together after a whirlwind romance.

    Joe has a daughter named Hannah from his marriage to his first wife, Christy. Hannah quickly befriends Renee’s daughter, Emma, and they become a happy family. Renee starts to run Joe’s business, letting her own career go. Running Joe’s business and taking care of the kids, causes Renee to lose a bit of her own identity. She is dominated by Joe’s moods.

    Joe has a baby daughter from an indiscretion in Texas. He wants to gain custody of her from her drug addicted mother. Though Joe has shown himself to run hot and cold, Renee agrees to be supportive of him through the hearing. The united front they present, helps them ultimately to be awarded custody of Callie.

    Joe is very manipulative and uses Renee’s insecurities against her. After many hurt feelings and blaming herself for everything, Renee starts to realize that Joe may not be the man of her dreams. However, she is in love with him so when he asks, she agrees to marry him. Soon after the wedding, Joe talks Renee into moving across country for business. This means that Renee has to leave Ryan behind with his father so he can finish high school and Hannah will have to stay behind with her mom as well.

    Renee looks at the move as an opportunity for a fresh start. But things don’t get better. In fact Joe grows more mean, distant and spends more and more time with his new best friend, Shane. Renee holds down the fort while Joe is always off with Shane. After a trip Joe and Shane take a long trip overseas together, Renee sees evidence on his phone that Joe has been unfaithful.

    Though it’s clear the marriage is over, Renee and Joe try marriage counseling. It fails and the counselor tells Renee that Joe may be living a secret life. Joe files for divorce the next day. Though she is sad to leave Callie, Renee knows that getting away from Joe is the best thing for her and Emma. They get their own place, and Renee learns from a friend that Joe’s behavior was indicative of sociopathy. This helps Renee come to terms with the circumstances of as well as the manipulation that led to the divorce. This knowledge helps Renee gain her confidence back. After some time of healing, Renee starts to date again and goes on to live a happy life.

    About The Author

    Renee says, “People have often asked me what made me want to write my book, “No One Knew.” Words have the ability to not only help heal, but they can also save lives. My own personal story delves into my life behind closed doors and the experiences I encountered married to a sociopath and how I learned to heal and love myself again. Sharing my story may help others who are struggling to understand what they may be going through and to shed some light on the topic that is not commonly talked about, but so important to understand if you’re living a life with a partner who hides behind a mask of normalcy to others but reveals their true self to you.”