Series: Deanna Madden #1
Also in this series: Do Not Disturb, If You Dare
I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.
What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?
Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.
Powerful, Raw, Gritty
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Alessandra Torre took me on an adventure with this one. An adventure OUT of my comfort zone. I was uneasy, my stomach churned and I neared a panic attack several times. The writing was EXTRAORDINARY! This book could have gone wrong, the elements were there, but Torre kept everything wrapped up in a tight package and didn’t allow anything to slip away. Every description, every piece of dialogue, every inner thought was perfect!
“Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.”
That is from the blurb. I read it before I read the book. But I had no idea the depths of the thrills and fears I would experience while reading this book. As I alluded to, this was a difficult, uncomfortable read for me. Some of the subject matter was so uncomfortable, I almost didn’t finish. I had to talk with someone who had read the book to be assured MY worst fears would not happen. I needed a HEA. Thankfully, I had friend who held my hand through it.
Deanna Madden, Jessica is a sex cam operator. She has locked herself away from society fearing she would kill if she left the confines of her apartment. Her story was so incredibly well-written it was like a case study on the effects of lack of human contact. Her inner thoughts and her feelings were so descriptive that I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. And the way her story unraveled, the details and the truths that came forth was slow and powerful.
During the course of her day/night, Jessica interacts with hundreds of clients. Each of whom share fantasies and secrets. It is one of these clients who caused my distress. I didn’t want to continue reading. I couldn’t get past it. That’s how incredible the writing is, I FELT every emotion that I am sure the author was trying to evoke from the reader. I as angry as hell, scared as hell, and was freaked the hell out!
I had to think a while before I started this review. Under normal circumstances, this would not have been a go-to read for me. But as I have mentioned the writing was phenomenal and that alone, deserves 5 stars. Add in the solid and well-thought out plot, solid and thoroughly developed characters, there was no doubt I needed to give this 5 stars. My discomfort shouldn’t come in to play.
This story will stick with me for a long time to come. This is the 2nd book by Ms. Torre that I have read. And putting my fears aside, stepping out of my comfort zone, I will read more in the future.
I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this book, despite your concerns. I’m excited for the sequel – it pubs in April!
I will absolutely read the sequel! I have no doubt it will be as good!!