Out of control is an excellent true crime story. As you know, I love true crime books and I've decided to read more in 2009. I saw Clara Harris on Oprah years ago. I didn't see the entire episode, I just remembered a silver Mercedes being involved and she was a dentist accused of murdering her dentist husband.
While browsing books in Borders I came across Out Of Control and decided to add it to my reading arsenial. I'm glad I added it, I couldn't put it down.
David and Clara Harris were married on Valentine's day. How romantic. They built a million dollar dental business and purchased a mansion. Clara was helping to raise David's daughter, who she adored. She gave birth to twins, which put the icing on the cake. Life was good, until David started an affair with the office assistant. Clara had wrapped herself in their home and family and was unaware of David's infidelity. Everyone was talking behind her back. Even her step daughter who worked in the office was aware of her father's unfaithful behavior.
Oh, but what's done in the dark will come to light. Clara soon learned of the betrayal. She fired the office assistant and hoped to save her marriage. She wasn't willing to throw everything away that easily. David agreed to work on the marriage. He arranged to meet Gail and end their relationship formally.
Clara no longer trusted David and decided to hire a private investigator to ensure David was not straying from the marriage again. David realized that he had true feelings for Gail, the office assistant, and he missed her. He told his wife how he felt. He arranged a meeting with Gail, but not to end their relationship. Clara sensed it and became obsessed with her husband's whereabouts. On the night of the meeting, she and her step-daughter drove around the city trying to locate David. The destination would end at the Hilton Hotel. Clara came up with a scheme to flush David out. She called his cell phone to tell him one of the children was sick and he needed to come home. David didn't move fast enough so Clara called again. She headed to the elevator so she could confront him.
Next, the elevator doors open and there stands David and Gail holding hands. Clara lost it. She beat the crap out of Gail, ripping off her blouse and pounding her head against the floor. Gail is in shock, David had told her that he and Clara had an open marriage. Security escorts Gail to her car with David trailing behind. Clara and her step daughter leave the hotel and head toward her silver S-Class Mercedes. Clara realizes that her fairy tale marriage is over, her world has crumbled. Once inside the vehicle, Clara points the car toward David and accelerates. As if that wasn't enough, she throws the car in reverse and backs over him. Hell have no fury like a woman scorned.
The author did a great job bringing out the characters and details in the book. I would suggest that you purchase the book so you can experience it for yourself. It's a great read!