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5.0 out of 5 starsA gritty and engrossing read
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
Wow this story put me through the ringer due mainly to the husband Nick. This character is a total jerk in every sense but is very much like Patrick Bateman where he wants to give the illusion of being a perfect person while underneath he is very vile. He reminds me of Kenyatta, the character in the excellent Wrath James White book 400 Days Of Oppression. They both put their significant others through Hell on a regular basis to make themselves for better or superior. I don’t want to include any spoilers but there is quite a bit of sex and some strong violence peppered throughout he book. This is an entry in extreme horror so most that are reading this probably know what they are getting into . One look at the cover art should give you an idea of things to come! All in all a tremendous story that will sit with you long after you finish it. Highly recommended, check it out!
I picked this one up immediately after I read that a library had banned it. Selfish pricks. Like anything great, someone had decided to keep it from everyone else. Lucky for all of us, it isn't gone. Love the cover, of course, and the author creates a very entertaining experience. Her mastery of POV and storytelling shine through in this dark tale. Brilliant characterization and an intricate plot packed with suspense and surprises, emotion and intrigue pull at your insides, then take a hard left turn just after she lets you get comfortable. I finished this in one sitting, it is a story that won't let you go. Give it a chance, and see why some of the best horror is banned at some point. Because people are uncomfortable when it's that damn good. One hell of a read.
This is one messed up story, and I say that as a compliment. I could hardly put this book down through its entirety. It begins with a couple who have clearly outgrown their relationship. The husband, Nick, takes his resentment and dials it up to sociopathy. His revenge on his wife for getting pregnant without his approval is to isolate the two of them in an ominous house located in a seemingly vacant town. Here is where the story turns. It goes from an uncomfortably bad situation to hell. Without giving anything away, what follows in the second half of the book is for strong audiences only. There is explicit sex and and violence (some of it consensual). There is also some humor, which may make you snicker on occasion. Nick is a very sincere germophobe. His new environment is far from sterile. If you think you would like to read this book (and you have a strong constitution), go into it without preconceptions. You won't be sorry.
5.0 out of 5 starsIn My Top 5 Of The Year. Horror Done Right!
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2017
4 AND 1/2 STARS
Holy smokes! I was so in the mood for a book like this. On the surface, it might seem graphic and totally crazy, but it reads like a slow burn that, of course, culminates into what you might expect, but with some nice twists and revelations. C.V. Hunt writes more like a male writer than most male writers combined, and that's a complement. She really hit this one out of the park for me. Before the novel starts, she mentions that it was influenced by Bentley Little and Bret Easton Ellis, and you can clearly see their mark on her style and mindset.
It was a daring choice to follow a protagonist that is so unlikable, but he's such a jerk, you end up actually liking him anyway in a weird way. The town's characters are very memorable and each have distinct traits that really breathe life into the narrative. Believable dialogue and character choices (with maybe one or two exceptions) make this an incredibly entertaining read and easily in my top 5 horror books of the year. The emphasis on tone and atmosphere was near perfect. Think of the dread and paranoia in the movie The Wicker Man and you'll know what I mean. This is the type of book that makes me want - no, need - to buy everything the writer puts out. As you can tell, I loved it!
Not an amazing sorry and not award winning writing but WOW!! It’s different than anything I’ve ever read. It’s very hard to describe without giving too much away or being inappropriate for younger readers ( of my review). It IS NOT FOR KIDS!! Adult only!! I love the detail in the writing of the main character’s distain and hate. I swear it’s been written by someone who’s “been there”. If your an internet weirdo / explorer and know of internet rule 34,red pill-blue pill, etc. this has it all. It’s a quick read, and not for the faint of heart, but it’s different.
5.0 out of 5 starsOutstanding work. Very engrossing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2019
I found out half way through the author is female which impressed me no end as a man who related to the main male protagonist in this book I felt like I had a lot in common with him. Will definitely read more of CV Hunt!
wow...I've read a few of CV Hunt's books before but this is by far her best...disgustingly depraved..I loved it.Dunno if it was just me but i found it all quite arousing in a sick sort of way.Definitely worth a look