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What did you love best about Consequences?
Consequences took me on a wild ride and wouldn't let me go - a dark, dangerous ride. Chilling.
What did you like best about this story?
I like to guess what happens next, and this book kept me in suspense all the way through, it just kept on surprising me - shocking me actually. It really brings home what the Stockholm Syndrome must be like, what it feels like to be caught up in it.
Any additional comments?
I'm so glad I had this narrator for this book - her voice and delivery were dead on target emotionally with what was going on, and this can't have been an easy book to narrate. Excellent.
24 of 26 people found this review helpful
I wasn't sure about buying this audiobook, but I'm glad I did. There is so much more to this story than abusive sex - the dynamics of control and survivable are well written. The story made me think of people I have known or worked with whose spouses were virtual prisoners.
I bought the Kindle version because I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. There is also a reading companion, "BEHIND HIS EYES – CONSEQUENCES," by Aleatha Romig, "recommended to be read after completing all of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES: Consequences, Truth, and Convicted. It is not a standalone book and should not be read as such." There are upcoming releases of Behind His Eyes for "Truth" and "Convicted."
And the narrator was great. I couldn't stop listening. This book isn't for everyone, so you may want to check out the other review comments (on audible and amazon) and listen to the sample.
28 of 31 people found this review helpful
If you're looking for a romance a la 50 Shades, look elsewhere. This is a story about a woman in the grip of Stockholm Syndrome.
The book walks a fine line between magnificent and rubbish. That sounds extreme but really, one can't help losing sympathy for the main character (Claire) for being so utterly stupid and for making such utterly awful decisions. Perhaps only an experienced psychiatrist can comment on the believability and reality of the story.
The fact remains, though, that she had to be extraordinarily strong to cope with the kind of torture she endured. Kidnapped, raped, beaten almost to death, terrorised... She ended up falling in love with him in the face of the abuse. This is where the psychiatrist should weigh in.
The story dragged out a bit too long - as awful as the abuse is, it's tempting to skip some chapters because they'll be more of the same.
Most reviews applaud the narrator. IMO, she's simply not the right voice for this story. The story needed gravitas, not an irritating sing song cheeriness that's entirely inappropriate for the extreme content of this story.
The writing itself is highly variable. Her editor should have spotted the many malapropisms. The author isn't very knowledgeable about using adjectives as verbs, gerands and adverbs.
I don't want to be one of 'those' people, but I also question the wisdom of a book like this. There's so much genuine abuse of women in the world and this, by the plot's passivity, offers no real indictment of Anthony's behaviour.
I'm not sure if I'll read the second book: the summary says that Claire and Anthony will get back together and that turns my stomach. The man should be in a mental institution in a padded cell, isolated and removed from the rest of the planet for as long as he lives.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you remove the erotic scenes from Fifty Shades you are left with a whole lot of nothing. And the product could probably remind you of this.
Well, the idea for the story isn't really that bad, but I got quite bored. I expected at least a grand finale, but I was very disappointed. I never shared the feelings with Claire, which I think is an important part of a book like this. I was hoping to 'fall in love' with Mr. Rawlings like her, but I always found their relationship a bit weird...
I will probably not read the sequels.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful