I cannot explain the feeling of heavenly bliss I feel when my Dark Loving heart stumbles upon an author who isn't shy of staining her fingers Black with writing a story so dark, it should be cateogarised as "50 shades of Black". Having peeked into her dark, psycho brain, I seriously wanna camp inside it! This being her first book, I can already see her career graph on the up and up from now on!! Her extensive and meticulous research shows in her finely detailed scene settings. All the towns, cities and locations are vividly described. Very smart language with full use of idioms and ironies, she gives each character befitting vocabulary. Sarcasm is used as a coping mechanism with Stahls and sharp scathing language is given to Swarings. Very aptly decorated, it was such a joy to read the embellished words
On the other hand, the plot left me completely speechless. At loss for words to describe the helplessness and vindication that I felt for myself as a reader when running with Charlotte's life throughout the book.
The mood is full of dread and thumping danger. I could feel the claw after me, almost touching my clothes, it's fingers brushing my hair, waiting to tackle me.
“I see you, Little Spider.”
5 words......set my pulse racing full speed like a drumbeat at a sacrificial fire. It's eerie enough to give you goosebumps and your feet will itch to run.
“The Rules of Burken.
Don’t let me catch you. Because if I catch you, I will kill you.”
That's the game Ian Stahl traps his little sister- Charlotte Stahl in.
He's the predator, she's the prey.
He's the manipulator, she's the victim
Traci truly and utterly redefines the term
Alternating between abusive rage and loving gestures?
An addictive cycle?
A hopelessness in the victim?
What does that sound like to you?”
she's legit Einstein of Mind twistery. She changes the face of danger in every chapter. Charlotte runs from her brother, then her father, then her mother, then Jack, then herself & then the truth.
"the truth will set you free, but sometimes … you have to set yourself free from the truth.”
Very unusual, complex story of siblings who are tied up in debilitating co-dependency to an extent that it mutates their personalities.
I use the term siblings in plural cause there's two sets and they are dangerously similar and different from each other in power play
While Ian has - almighty Complex, Jack has Moses Complex.
That's the best analogy I can come up with
“I guess that’s what happens when brothers have to raise little sisters when they’re still children themselves? If you think about it, that’s a lot of stress for them."
This book NEEDS to be read acutely, you cannot rush through it at all. Every Chapter is steeped in sinister energy, there's no redemption anywhere.
Evil is jet black, all characters are stained grey, you'll have to hunt for pure goodness.
If somebody asked me how was the story, what is it about, I wouldn't even know how to explain it to them. It's a maze of convoluted relationships and it will require your unwavering attention to understand it. It's subtle in clues and glaring in consequences but you have to read each word carefully
"It’s amazing what the human body is capable of when it’s faced with death."
I guess Good and Evil are like two dogs Fighting for supremacy in your soul, It all depends on who you feed the most!!
I'm as stumped as I was at the beginning of the story. I couldn't afford to put this book down for more than a few minutes, the Whodunits and Howdunits and Whydunits kept pulling me towards this book like a magnet. It's heinous at most places, sickening at few and an absolute pulse pounder at all times. Completely absorbing and engaging..a virtual feast for Dark Lovers.
Tbh at one point the choppy flow had me deducting half a star but the end...Omg THE END JUST pushed my heart over the edge of the cliff..
5 Spider Stars