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The Beautiful Evil Paperback – July 2, 2011
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"Ms. Bryant's style set its unrelenting claws into me until I finished her book. Bryant follows in Dean Koontz' footsteps with this psycho thriller. The Beautiful Evil is a cross between the idiosyncratic, quirky TV thriller "Twin Peaks" and Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher" --Leigh Anne Lindsey, Publisher, SEASTORM PRESS
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In 1987, Robbi began a prolific writing career. Know as a women's best-selling erotic writer, Robbi also wrote both fiction and non-fiction articles for such magazines as Redbook, Penthouse and Reader's Digest. One of her articles was opted twice by Movie of the Week companies. After the death of her 21 year-old son, Robbi's Creative flame extinguished for 13 years. Her psychological suspense, The Beautiful Evil, was her first novel since her son passed.
Her newest novella, Dream, won 1st runner up in the Los Angeles Book Festival, and has won the IndePENdents seal of excellence in writing. It was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Best Books of 2013/
Robbi is now the Immediate Past President of Redwood Writers, the largest branch of the California Writers Club.
THE FOLLOWING REVIEW FROM GOODREADS WENT MISSING SO I ADDED IT HERE:
The Beautiful Evil
by Robbi Sommers Bryant (Goodreads Author)
5.00 · rating details · 1 rating · 1 review
How well do you know yourself? If forced to either face your inner demons--escaping with a secured, inner peace or the possibility of complete emotional ruin -- how would you fare? The demons? They dwell in all of us. They watch us from our shadows. They ride us--oh, yes, they do--whispering in our ears, tempting us with our own darkness. In the end, many succumb. And you? The Beautiful Evil takes readers through the tumultuous consequences of one woman's journey into a dark, personal hell in the pursuit of passion, hope and serenity. Scarred by the death of her father at a young age, Constance is a heartbroken child with no place to turn for emotional support. Any discussion regarding her father's mysterious final days and his scandalous death are forbidden by her cold and distant mother, Madeline. Instead, Madeline dedicates herself to the mission of turning her daughter into a proper debutante. Madeline chooses Constance's friends, activities and clothing according to her rigid, high society standards. Devoid of self-expression, Constance's only true friend is her reflection in a bedroom mirror. Her adult life, however, proves to be just as passionless and controlled. Constance believes her life will stay this way forever, until a purchase of an antique vase changes everything. When Constance opens the vase, demons storm into her life. Like bloodthirsty parasites, they dig into her, quickly attaching themselves to her psyche; quietly sucking away her soul. But one of the demons, Tisiphone, befriends Constance--offering her a way out of her shut-down heart and emotionally bereft life. Desperate to feel anything, Constance's decisions catapult her into the shadowy world of untrustworthy men, illegal drugs and murder. In the mists of the wreckage, Constance finds herself staring into the abyss, forced to make one, final heart-rending decision if she is to find peace. A captivating thriller that will keep readers questioning reality until the final ultimate act, The Beautiful Evil is a surreal and tense journey into the darkest recesses of the human psyche.
Top Customer Reviews
With brevity I want to make some key points for readers contemplating buying this book:
1. Easy to read, but not light on anecdote, symbolism, and intrigue--sucks you in like the vortex of a tornado.
2. Vivid word pictures! Robbi paints a mosaic of images from the prose that captivate the imagination.
3. It's a "stealth" thriller. No heavy blood and gore, but more of what happens in our minds. Those silent thoughts we think nobody will ever know about.
4. Pacing is superb, she keeps the story moving with just enough "back story" to make you go, "Uh Huh...get it". I read it in three sittings.
5. Character development is well done, bravo there! I am a man and could see the world through the central character, Constance (a woman).
6. Unlikely twists and turns, it's not predictable!
7. Last comment, invoking spiritual component on every page.
In short, I'm a reader and writer of Non-Fiction business books and I loved "The Beautiful Evil" and you will too!
Ms. Bryant's writing style is excellent, with realistic dialogue and characters. I reluctantly read the first few pages then I was hooked until the end!
Jeane Slone, author, She Flew Bombers and She Built Ships During WWII.
One of the most hypnotically disturbing novels I've read in years, The Beautiful Evil brings a depth and horror to the story of Pandora's Box (jar) that I never felt to read the original Greek myth. Mixing a modernized story of Pandora with some further Greek mythology, as well as with other subtle spiritual symbolism and philosophy/theodicy, this is a powerful and frightening novel that will not only keep you guessing as you read, but probably contemplating it long after.
As the story begins, the main character, Constance, seems to be a paradoxical personality, both self-hating and prideful - arguably not as an unusual and impossible contradiction as it sounds (and some might suggest, the very defect behind the fall of Lucifer and of man - but I won't get too theological because the novel is more subtly sinister and not overtly religious at all).Read more ›
I had a few issues with the book that kept it from getting a higher rating.
First off, the main character. There really wasn't much about her that I actually liked. I didn't actively dislike her either. I guess I should say I was luke warm to her. To sum her up, she comes from money. She loves her father. Her mother, formerly poor who came into money by marrying Constance's father, was overbearing. Always belittling Constance and acting as if she were some kind of burden growing up. Constance seems to be able to do nothing but watch cartoons all day, even though it's never described what her husband does for a living. Also, Constance seems to complain a lot about people and how they treat and hide things from her when she's done some pretty awful things herself. I can't say much more without spoiling everything.
Secondly, I thought the book tended to be overly verbose at times. There are really only a handful of 'scenes' in the book and the author takes a while to tell them. In the end it seems like it's rambling. It's not that the writing is bad. The writing is good. Sometimes it's as if Bryant decided to take the long way around on the trip.
As far as the ending, I feel as if nothing is ever resolved.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book although I felt I was on a roller coaster ride. There were so many things going on in this novel and I didn't know who was the good guy and who was bad. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Loni Sue
I'm not usually interested in sci-fi or fantasy, but I couldn't put this book down. I loved the fine line between mental illness and perception, with the right amount of erotica.Published 13 months ago by BELINDA RIEHL
Sorry this book is not my kind of story. So I couldn't finish it. I can't think of anything else to say.Published 17 months ago by Patricia Collins
I'm terrible for buying books purely on title alone, perhaps glancing at the genre, sometimes not. This means that opening a book on my kindle is like opening a can without a label... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Avid Reader 637
The story was interesting and kept my interest throughout. I did have a little trouble with the flow of it but not so much as to discourage me from finishing.Published 18 months ago by Nici P.
This book kept me wondering until half way through was this woman crazy or did demons really come out the vase to haunt her. Quite a twist to the ending.Published 21 months ago by Sylvia Poythress
This story follows Constance Jacobson throughout her troubled life. She seems to be in a constant state of mourning over her deceased father. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Orchard Book Club
I've never read a book like the beautiful evil...or read such captivating characters, flawed as they are. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Tiffy
When I first started reading this book I actually had to research if there was a previous book that I hadn't read or something. Read morePublished on September 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer