Gun Shy: A psychological thriller Kindle Edition
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I will say, this author has talent putting words to paper, so it wasn't the writing that turned me off. It was the overall tone of the book, the depressing feeling that only deepened as the story developed. Every character succummed to the victimization they suffered or became the perpetrators of the that same abuse. Look, I don't need hearts and rainbows or even happily ever afters. What I do need is some sense of strength and the ability to overcome. Gun Shy is a long slow slide into darkness with no light, not even a glimmer.
I realize my opinion is in the minority and that's okay. While I understand the appeal, it just didn't speak to my dark heart.
I'm all for a thrilling, dark and twisted read, but Gun Shy was beyond the pale. It was absolutely depressing without a glimmer of hope or redemption.
One can't possibly imagine what the mind would do to protect itself from the horrors that Cassie, our MC, endured but, wow. This was definitely a journey into madness. And Leo? Are you kidding me?
There was more than one occasion throughout the book where I almost gave up and DNF, but I kept holding out hope that I would be rewarded with a sliver of light. Much to my disappointment that never happened, I could hardly believe it as I closed the cover on my kindle.
I read for entertainment and enjoyment, this story met none of my criteria.
I said I love this book, but I think I might hate it also. I’m not sure. Honestly, I’m not sure of anything right now. I don’t know if I was supposed to love any of the characters or hate them. And I definitely feel both ways about most of them. Every feeling I had while I was reading this book was warped and stretched and transformed into something else. I don’t trust anything I thought I knew about Gun Creek or its residents.
Cassie’s story is not romantic, even the love she feels is not romantic. Her love is tainted, broken, deranged. Her life molded by some of the most horrific things a person can experience. She took those traumas and honed them into something sharp and unfathomable. I found her to be so intriguing, so irresistible; I wonder if a little of Cassie doesn’t live inside of me.
When I think back and ask myself if there is anything more I would have liked from this story, I’m hard-pressed to commit to anything. Would I have loved to have seen a more complete conclusion to a couple of storylines? Yes. Do I think that the ambiguity of those storylines was intentional? Yes. This book isn’t a romance and shouldn’t be treated as such. Those storylines played their parts, and when they’d moved the characters to the place they were supposed to be, they were left as they should have been.
Despite many recommendations from my friends, this is the first book I’ve read by Lili St. Germain, and she blew me away. From stylistic formatting choices, to interesting imagery, to the intricate and demanding prose she wrote with, I appreciated the outside the box approach she took when writing Gun Shy. Ms. St. Germain challenged me with this book, it was not an easy book to read, and I admire her for testing me with it.
After reading this entire book, I’m stunned. Just astonished by every single part of it. I am sure that I will keep thinking about Gun Creek and Cassie and Damon and Leo and everyone in this book for some time to come. The experience of this book was so delightfully unsettling; I have plenty of material to ruminate on for ages.
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