Insanely dark and full of depravity and madness, but it never came together to make it a comprehensive tale. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
Well, that was certainly something different.
I’m still trying to process what I just read and having difficulty with how to characterize the continuation of this story. A “love story” is definitely not how I’d describe this book, even though there are two highly dysfunctional characters that get together in some weirdly obsessive relationship. This book truly was more of a horror story than anything else, with a co-dependent sexual aspect to boot. But there just typically isn’t this large of a body-count in anything I’d deem to be a romance. And “love” is absolutely not the right word here.
Despite the misclassification of this book, even if I read it as a dark tale of horror, I’m disappointed. This story truly had so much potential that I felt was unfulfilled. The cliffhanger on the first half of the story grabbed my attention because it was out of left field and so unexpected. I may have spent most of the initial book thinking “what am I reading?!” But by the end, I was still needing the second half to find out what was going to happen. The story was twisted but average in its telling. But the hook at the end? That was fantastic.
Unfortunately, the author did not provide the substance that she could have once she fleshed it out. The twist that seemed to be coming was never fully explained, and the horrors of the story were just too random. Why was Mason’s family so crazy? Where did their psychotic little habit come from and how did they get away with it? What was the point of introducing Mason’s cousin Declan? He seemed like such an odd character to include but not provide him with more of a story. What did Katie’s sister do that caused her fate? I’m so confused. I shouldn’t be this confused at the end of a series!
Overall, this story was something different. It was insanely dark and full of depravity and madness, but it never came together to make it a comprehensive tale. If there is a third book to explain more of the story, I may have misjudged, but considering it is called a “duet”, I’m pretty sure as the reader, I was left with more questions than answers.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.