4 captivating stars!
This book starts with a serious warning, one that intrigued me at first but I didn’t pay much attention to it.
This is a story that is not meant for the faint of heart. If you are looking for inspiration, if you are looking for light, if you are looking for something that will help you sleep and dream, you’ve come to the wrong place.
To be fair, the author basically started with a warning to spare those who would probably puke during their reading time – I was t h i s close honestly! – because yes, some parts of the book are gritty and purely disgusting and overwhelming and will make you gag.
Now, moving on.
The cover is actually a scene from the book – which I found very interesting to use. And the writing… well I can easily say that finally, a book that can actually use more words from the vocabulary!
As far as the story goes anyone can pretty much guess the theme. Madeleine, a young musician, is being abducted within the first few pages of the book, after her cello recital and a creepy encounter with a strange yet captivating man.
Her name is Madeleine Clark, and when she was abducted, she was not only dragged into hell…she took over.
The reasons behind her abduction will make you want to rip your hair out and scream at them. Of course no reason for any abduction is justified or even understood since those who partake in the act are psychopaths, like the person in this story.
Joseph Carmichael is a psychopath. Hands down straight lunatic that deserves the most cruel death. Truly.
As the reasons behind Madeleine’s abduction remain a secret – though it is obvious – she has to endure cruel punishments and training techniques. Her ‘Master’, Aaron Carmichael though, is a mystery. Portrayed as an anti-hero, actually that is an understatement – he is somewhat justified in his actions. Being trapped by his father to lead a life that feeds his darker side, he has to get past his infatuation with Madeleine and train her to behave, otherwise his father will.
This story is one of those that haunt you. It haunts you until you finish reading. Until you make sure that Maddy is alive and free from her nightmarish prison and that, as ridiculous as it sounds, Aaron is too.
She is light while I am darkness, she is raw beauty and so blessedly pure while I am nothing more than a poison to humanity.She deserves her life far more than I deserve mine.
Even though he is a character that you can’t help but hate, it is in those little details that show just how much his father’s darkness is trying to swallow him and how much his own will and kindness are trying to break free.
Dream of me, Maddy. See me as I want to be; not the nightmare who torments you, but the devoted and mystified man who worships at your feet.
If it wasn’t for the gritty, d a r k details of the story I would give it 5 solid stars but I have a feeling I won’t be walking alone in any dark places anytime soon after this.
Recommended for those who CAN HANDLE EXTREME DARK THEMES.