This book has left me feeling a multitude of different emotions- I usually review right after reading so its fresh, but with this one I've had to step back for a couple of days to think it through, and really give a fair review.
To start, for a book to elicit the depth of emotions I felt, it is a sign of a very well written novel. What made it hard was how dark and troubling the storyline was. I have read other books of similar genre - kidnapped/abducted MC, non-consensual scenes, the loss the MC feels with the situation and the betrayal of their body during certain situations - but never have I read one where there is such a feeling of hopelessness. There is usually a light at the end of that very dark tunnel, and what left me feeling so horrified at the end of this book was that there was no HEA, no hope whatsoever. The ending was definitely not what I was expecting.
This story is told mainly from the perspective of Kuon, the young police detective kidnapped and tortured by the cartel he was trying to take down. There are sporadic scenes told from our main perpetrator, Yugo's perspective- and they are as equally troubling. He seriously has some deep seated issues, as he sees nothing wrong with what he is doing, and is genuinely puzzled when Kuon tries to escape, and keeps injuring himself in his attempts to get away, and keeps reiterating that he hates Yugo.
The introduction of Mio in the last couple of chapters was confusing and I found at a disjointed to the rest of the story. I'm not sure what the author was trying to convey here given we'd had Yugo's perspective and never was Mio even mentioned.
How the story wrapped up was heartbreaking, horrific and left me feeling shocked and depressed. I can understand why Kuon chose the path he did, and know the psychological state he was in left him feeling there was no other option. The "to be continued" leaves me confused, as what else is there to continue after that? I can't empathize with Yugo, don't want to get to know Mio, so I'm not sure what's left to explore there.
This is not an easy read, and the trigger warnings should definitely be heeded. I'm not sure I would recommend this book, purely because of it's dark nature, but it is definitely a story I would discuss in book club given the impact and emotions it evokes.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3270 KB
- Print Length: 227 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CQQJG5H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 25 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)