A Novel by Richard Laymon
Let me warn you now: Beware this book! It is not for the faint of heart. When I say there's gratuitous violence, I am not kidding. I've not read anything like this before and from what I've read, the author is known for this nature of writing. Personally the story could have been a winner...
This is Beware by Richard Laymon. And remember, this is my opinion.
I’m not sure if the story was about Laci or Hammond, or a cult and its leader. It’s not one of my normal reads and had it not been for the fact that I’d received the book free, I probably never would have owned it. Thankfully, it was an audiobook. Today’s review is Beware, by Richard Laymon, and yes- Reader Beware!
Beware begins with placing you, the reader, into what appears to be a haunting. The next chapter, you’re dropped, smack-dab in the middle of a freaking orgy! It didn’t seem to make much sense, but the tale came together.
The thrilling mystery of it all was okay, but some of the interaction felt almost comical. The way Scott and Laci met and got together was way too fast but oddly, probable. It didn’t hurt the novel much. What did ruin things was the insane, maniacal, excessive, inessential violence. I will not go into detail.
It’s like Laymon was obsessed with breasts as a teenager, and it carried over into his adult years. I can’t even count the scenes- actually, they’re rape scenes! And it’s done so many times, it is sickening! Oh, there’s one stipulation, that I can not state, that makes all of this I’ve previously mentioned, freaking unreal! I wish I could tell you!
Honestly, I felt the book a bit juvenile and over the top. Some explanations aren't given, and the ending felt rushed. As a matter of fact, I didn't like the ending at all. For all I had to endure, I figured I'd get a satisfying ending.
If the sexual interactions could have been minimized this book would have easily received a 5-star rating from me. The main reason I went ahead and listened to this one was because I'd seen a fellow reader on Instagram talking about reading it. They thought it great. That's how I remembered Beware was even in my audio-library. I'm sorry I listened... Anyway, I’m off to the next read. Cheers!
Written by Richard Laymon
Narrated by Charles Bice
Published by Audible Studios
Released April 2016
Runtime: 6 h 21 min
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