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I'm conflicted on this story. Some of the things my ears were subjected to hearing in this audiobook are so heinous and ugly that I thought at times my ears would bleed. But I feel hallowed out and scraped raw and it has been my experience in the past that books that have the ability to evoke such intense emotion in us are the books that stick with us long after we read the last page. My issue is, I don't like these feelings too much. This is not a feel good book. It is jammed full of tragedy. Just when you think there is a chance that the main characters might make it out on the other side of these tragic events, maybe not whole or completely sane, but you begin to search for that light you can sense coming just at the end of the tunnel...only to find out that the light is a train barreling headlong to smack you on your a$$. For me the story became unbelievable. In my opinion, where there is only darkness, there can be no light. There was no balance in this book. It was chaos, hate and utter hopelessness and to top it all off, there was a monster cliff that Ms. Blair left us hanging off of...again. Not a happy camper right now.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Just like The first book, flashbacks to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse were difficult to listen to. This is not a feel-good read. The main characters are twisted and damaged. It is dark, intriguing and emotional with a few plot twist to keep you guessing.
It contains a few explicit sex scenes, not all are consensual.
If you are OK with everything listed above, I highly recommend this book. It is really well written.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I listened to this in close succession to Bang and cried for the first half an hour. I found this darker but much more emotional than her first book (possibly because I was already enmeshed with the story).
I did get a little fed up with all of Elizabeth's tears, but it was an emotional rollercoaster.
Again really well narrated by Elena Wolfe, however, the Scottish brogue could have done with more polish.
There is a massive cliff hanger of an ending though, with no indication that I can see of when to expect a follow up.
Overall an excellent audible book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful