This book was one I was recommended by ReadByBeth; A fellow Booktuber. She made little challenge called Women in Horror Weekend. I managed to read this in a day and then moved onto my next read!
It’s certainly enticing and gets you on edge immediately. For a short story it is definitely bold and if I’m honest, quite brilliant. I really enjoyed this read. It’s following the main protagonist Laura who we follow from the age of 9 up until her adulthood. It gives minimal information but enough to make you feel emotionally connected to her and her intense struggles with her mystery admirer who she knows committed a terrible and unforgivable crime that changed her life forever.
Laura’s struggles are truly agonising and she takes you along her journey of terror, mental health struggles, relationships and overall highs and lows in her resilience.
It is a very fast paced story but certainly packs a punch. The anticipation towards the end is immense and you almost start to put yourself into Laura’s shoes asking yourself what you would do in this situation and what you think Laura will decide to do. It’s gorey in parts and the details aren’t exactly subtle, keeping the reader on their toes for sure!
You can see from the front cover that something is going to get messy and my goodness it does. It leaves you feeling sickened but in a very intriguing way that makes you want to keep reading. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It’s short, simple, well written and certainly fits it’s genre so if you’re a horror or gore fan, this one may be good for you.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A short but bold story with a really intriguing and hooking story line. The characters are minimal and the main protagonist is the 'star of the show', being predominantly the only focus throughout the whole book. Every chapter keeps you on edge and wanting to read more to find your way to the end, whatever that may look like. It's one of those books where you aren't sure what could possibly happen to close the story which makes you feel a sense of anxiety and anticipation wondering what route the story will take.
It was certainly mind blowing for such a short read and I really did enjoy it. I keep thinking about the story and the hurt the characters felt as it is a very real kind of case that the main character Laura is facing and happens all over the world, often behind closed doors. It's almost agony inducing but the strength and resilience of Laura really does come across.
A small but mighty read. Most certainly recommended!
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