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Comfort Food Hardcover – October 31, 2010
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Kitty Thomas really knocks it out of the ballpark with the story of Emily Vargas, a Psychology Major who gives speeches on empowerment and self improvement. She is kidnapped by a man, who will later be known to us as only by the name "Master". He is obsessed with Emily. He attends all her lectures and workshops and devises a plan how to capture her and eventually make her his. He knows that she craves human interaction, so he uses silence in order to break her. She is perplexed by this mans actions and how he refuses to answer her questions. Most kidnappers speak to their victims. He does not.
While keeping her in a cell, he feeds her chicken soup, 3x/day. He knows that will bring her comfort from her childhood. He did his homework on her and knows her likes and dislikes. When he feeds her the soup she must allow him to fondle her breasts, or else be left hungry and alone. When she flinches, the soup is withdrawn and he leaves the room. She begins to learn over the course of time that:
Submit= Receive comfort
Refuse = Receive isolation
When she starts to do what he desires, he moves her to another cell where she recives creature comforts. He provides her with books she likes to read, clothes she likes to wear, bath products she uses and great food. He is a very wealthy man. When she is moved from room to room, she is blindfolded. This keeps her anxiety and fears at the surface, in order to further her conditioning process. He sets up every situation where she has to make the ultimate decision, but what good is a decision, when you will lose at the end?Read more ›
When Comfort Food first begins, I wasn't sure how to feel about the storytelling style. The heroine's internal monologue is a bit rambling and all over the place, with a general man-hating vibe. Not that I blamed her for it at all! When that was combined with the mysterious captor's conditioning methods… which involves a lot of chicken soup and groping… I almost set the book aside. Day after day of internal monologue and chicken soup. It took some getting used to.
Then, somewhere around the 10% mark, things changed. I got it. Emily's thoughts started to feel like my thoughts. And her captor's conditioning methods may have started to work on me as well because, oh, he is good at it. He never physically hurts her. He never hits or strikes her. He never does anything (other than the initial kidnapping, of course) she doesn't allow. Granted, there is a lot of psychological manipulation… but he makes it so it's all her choice.
I don't know what else I can say because there is a twist. And a turn. Then a U-turn. Seriously. There's a twist a little more than halfway in that made me reevaluate how I felt about Emily's captor. Then the turn directly after where he does something that is a huge game changer. And, just before the end, is a U-turn that I shouldn't have wanted but kind of (okay, yes, more than kind of) did anyway.
Mind. F--. All of it!
In a nutshell, I would say Comfort Food is similar to C.J. Robert's Captive in the Dark - if you took all of the romance out. And yet...Read more ›
Not for the faint of heart, but definitely a must read for those looking for something different and challenging.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book as a gift from a friend who said it was one of her favorites. I like the Master character even though I am logically supposed to despise him for what he does. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mama Chanda
I read the book and must say I was surprised that the book has nothing to do with the title. Emily is a normal lady who has an obsessed gentlemen who stalks her and then kidnaps... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Julia Collazo
Very well written. Very psychological. Incredibly, deeply disturbing. This is not a light erotica read. Approach with caution.Published 10 days ago by Alyssa
This was my first book by this author. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I wasn't disappointed. I can honestly say I didn't see it coming, the story took me for a mental ride. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Eboni Hanewald
we all like to think if we were captured & held prisoner we'd still be fighting even if it meant our death , this is a story that shows even if we think we are prepared for the... Read morePublished 13 days ago by carol morgan
I'm into 50 Shades of Grey and other sexual/romance novels, so I thought I'd like this and I did.
Would recommend... not for the faint of heart. Read more
Loved reading this book. I feel like I had it figured out from the beginning (and this is not written a "mystery"), but there could have been some twists. Read morePublished 15 days ago by R Massey
I think this is Kitty Thomas' best book to date. I am still pondering this book and the characters.Published 18 days ago by Romance Reader
This is my first read from this author. I had some down time while waiting for a book to go live and figured I'd check out this author because I've heard such good things. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Najahiman