I was expecting a tense atmospheric thriller / horror. It actually reads like a post childhood abuse trauma stream of consciousness drama. What can anyone get out of that? Childhood abuse is disturbing, sure, but it's not the kind of disturbing I was after. Using this kind of trauma as some kind of catalyst for the narrative is weak and lazy.
Why rely on an abuse narrative which reads like an excuse to write what would otherwise be completely unacceptable? I don't find the child sexual abuse scenes interesting or enlightening in any way. And using sexual abuse as some kind of vehicle for drama takes this book out of entertainment and into seedy. Also, there is so much scope to turn the story (without the abuse hysterics) genuinely frightening.
I would have liked to see her kill Gerald by accident, during sex.
I would have like to see the wild dog take Gerald's meat outside to the chainsaw man
Then the chainsaw man could have found and held her captive
That kind of scenario would have been so much more compelling and frightening as she worked to kill / get away from her captor.
No, the narrator was excellent.
The childhood sex abuse angle entirely
Could not finish this book, was sick of listening to the abuse story line. Wanted suspense and horror in the cabin - not repressed childhood trauma drama.
I could only get in 15 minutes then I couldn't stand it, it reads like a teenage boys version of a horror story, I HATED IT
I took a punt on this book and lost because I wasn't able to return it WHICH MAKES ME FURIOUS because it really was a waste of a credit
No, she is clearly unbalanced
I love the premise, I love the peppy upbeat vibe...but I hate the ridiculousness of it.
This is a sad review. The author is obviously so devestated by the fact her son was born with Down's Syndrom (and can't speak) that the author has created an alternative reality where his disability is not 'reality' and where they actually communicate through a telepathic type stream of conciousness. But she would have you believe, it's not just her,anyone can tape into this 'stream' and thereby improve their lives. And here is the whole reason for this book: she want's as many people as possible to buy into this idea.
This audio book started so well, I really enjoyed the beginning and felt like it was going somewhere...until she started talking absolute fantasy and 'basing' or proving it with really bad and unproved science.
Martha, I've been bending spoons since I was a child, so I'm more open to your ideas than most but it's clear to me that you are unwell. I'm sorry about your son but putting forward the idea that he planted dreams in your mind and communicates to you via some higher stream is just nonsense. You must be in a lot of pain to dedicate so much time and effort into what is essentially a work of fantasy. You are deceiving people. I'm not OK with you taking my money for this rubbish.
Seriously.Get a grip already.
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