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This book was tagged as one of the "most disturbing books read" in a recent thread here. A friend sent it to me this week and I read it very quickly.
It was not at all what I expected it to be. The main character, a pedophile-murderer, is developed quite well, and his "voice" is quite believable. But the story quickly detriorates into not much more than pornographic descriptions of sex (mainly homosexual male sex), rape and pedophilia. I'm not sure what the point of the book was, other than to show that not all monsters are dirty old men lurking in dark corners...? The ending was something out of a "B" gore movie - cheesy and predictable. I was much more interested in the warped psyche of the girl, and feel her story would have made a much better novel.
Overall, I have to give it a D+ and the plus is only because the development of the "voice" of the narrator was quite good.
I believe I am one of the people who tagged it most disturbing. Reading it made me physically ill, but I couldn't stop. I don't consider it a great book, but it stayed with me for a very long time.
I just read Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott and that is a truly disturbing book, yet very, very thought-provoking. It's the story of a fifteen year old girl (named Alice by the abductor, which is what reminded me of this) still in the clutches of her abductor. IMO (and the opinion of many librarians), it's very well done.
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