Every time I pick up a book, a horror or thriller in particular, I'm looking to walk away from that book a changed person. I'm expecting to be so enthralled, I get depressed upon reaching the final page. I don't have to love the characters, but I need to believe in them. This book, this book left me in a state of shock. I couldn't believe what I'd read and that was cool.
The Damaged, by Simon Law, is about Matthew. Recently released from a mental institution after witnessing the murder of his parents and a child. He is doing his best to adjust to home life and work things out, along with his carer, Tammy. But this relationship takes a turn for something monstrous as Matt decides to make a move into vigilantism... and straight up terror.
This book is a monster. It's so, so... dark! I can honestly say, this Dahmeresque-like tale was too real for me. I had to stop reading for a while because it was too much, like things that could really happen! Get this,... it terrified me- he was NUTS!.
From violent imaginings to actually eating an Aggy Polish steak, this story really gets INSIDE you. I found myself with a pinched face from around the last quarter of the book to the freaking end! The Damaged is not for the faint of heart and if you're not in to horror- leave this book alone! BUT, if you like to be grossed out, confused and horrified, try it on for size. You won't walk away from this book the same.
Lastly, the book has two covers. One has the awesome raven, as you see with my photo. There's another with a red, leather, Queen Anne-looking, Chesterfield chair. There covers are different and they represent the same thing, but to me, this one does it justice. The chair's cool and all, but it simply doesn't strike home as the raven does. Okay- I'm done, I'm on to the next tale!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*A Little Bit Langston is next.
**eBook provided free, by author and The Reading Room, for an honest review.
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