This story was not realist. In reality if Charles Dawson really wanted get out of his dead-end marriage he could have the first time his wife threaten to do herself harm. He could have had her committed. It found it to be strange how Charles showed himself to be dominate when it came to Anita, but not to his wife.
The wife and the father in this story are a trip and keeping it all in the family. Charles was finally able to obtain his divorce from the “black widow.” How did she know where Anita’s assistant live?
The other thing about this story which is why a rated the way I did was the author gave no timeline, no direction that the story was moving from weeks, to months, to years down the line. As a reader I would like to know when a story is changing.