I have just put this
book down and was so impressed that I felt compelled to
promote it! It’s been a while since I’ve read such an original,
disturbing, and superbly choreographed psychological thriller.
The character development is brilliant, with ‘baddies’ who
are chillingly understated, and ‘goodies’ who are, quite
frankly, a bit of a mess! You would be too if you’d been
in their shoes! The complexity of the plot makes the book
fascinating and difficult to put down, as you’re constantly
wondering where it will take you next. I’m usually quite
good at guessing the ending, however I couldn’t see through
this one! Even if you got the main thread there are so many
layers to the story that the fallout was just as interesting.
I also found the concept that created the title thought-provoking…
you’ll have to read the book to find out why.
The story starts with a survivor’s story on a rape web site,
a survivor’s story with a difference! Fundamentally it is
about a vulnerable woman being deceived by a truly evil
man with motives that are unbelievably warped. The character
Naomi is cleverly developed, as she isn’t that likeable
and it’s hard to find sympathy for her until you realise
the full extent of what’s happened to her. There is a great
twist involving one of the main police characters too, one
that leaves her reeling and demonstrates how people in authority
can be just as vulnerable as the rest of us.
I don’t want to say too much more as I don’t
want to risk giving away the plot, all readers should experience
a plot that’s so hard to see through! I would recommend this
book to anyone who loves thrillers: well written, extremely
clever and deeply chilling. It still makes my skin crawl when
I think about the dark characters involved.