^But doesn't that invite arguments in favour of the value of literary investigations into the psychology of passive women who come to a bad end as a consequence of being drawn to violent men? I'd not want to have that discussion, for quite similar reasons to why I'd not want to read the book.
A compromise might be to direct attention to the reviews on the UK site for Amazon because the reasons for the objections are common to many reviewers. They do strongly dislike the violence and many say that they wish they'd not read it because it has stayed with them, but they also criticise the quality of the writing, saying that the characterisation is shallow, the plotting absurd and unbelievable, that the plot does not hang together and reads as a series of vignettes or in the words of one person, as nightmares. All these are good reasons for not reading this novel.