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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.
The further I was pushed (willingly- imagine a person forcing you to walk and see things you could never imagine and you will get the picture) into the world of Leo and Cassandra, the more I wondered what an author (that I one click without thinking twice about) thought of my beloved home state and the people that live in it. Leo, Cassie, Damon, Ray, Jennifer, Karen, Chris and all the others in the twisted world held within the confines of electronic paper are so devastating believable, likable and have left me scarred. As I traveled further into the messed-up town of Gun Creek, I desperately looked for a hero or at least a person with a moral compass and even as I write this review… I must say that I have come up empty handed. As always with Lili’s books, the story telling is top notch. The way that you get sucked in is simply exquisite. You have no idea how quickly you get sucked until you are gasping for breath thinking ‘how much worse can this get?’ Then you think that you shouldn’t even ask yourself that question. You should just let the darkness take you under. The imagery is constructed so well that you can taste the beer being poured on Cassandra, taste & smell the blood on certain people, hear the ear-piercing gunshot and the quietness that follows.
Strangely enough, I did have a sense of compassion for some despite the destruction that they created. I also questioned what the moral of the story is because even the darkest horrific stories have something that it leaves in its wake. For me it started with a little-known character, Leo’s sister and continued to be a ‘read in between the lines’ theme through the book. I believe that overall theme is that no matter how messed up your world is, you press forward. The past will always be there but we move forward as best we can. Bad things happen to good people and all of that.
Closing the attic door on the darkness that dragged me down and left me still craving more, I will say that my new favorite woman/character (heroine isn’t right, maybe anti-heroine) is Cassandra. She has balls, she had exceptional skills at hiding the darkness that lurks within, she is more than a survivor, she is the craziest badass, no moments of weakness or drama queen antics, character that I have ever read.
You may be asking my now (if you have read this far) if there was anything that I didn’t like about this book and I will say with absolute certainty No. This is the darkest perfection that I have read so far. It is highly recommended.
Here are my warnings for you: If you would like a happy ending with a pretty bow do not read this book. Nor should you read if you are expecting a knight on a white horse. There are simply no heroes, no fairytale ending, no big hugs and happy tears. If you want to watch someone bleed and then watch as they lick their victim’s blood than dive right in. This is simply not for the faint at heart. If you think this is simply about a girl disappearing in a small town, you are sorely wrong. Proceed with caution, my dear friends. Stay on your guard because the rug will be swept out from under you. Like a boxer who expects the opponent to hit with the right so you look right but you get a full-blown knock-out punch from the left. I was often left with the WTF!!! Moments, Moments of utter despair, moments of bracing myself for the next blow but like I said at the beginning I survived and it was a hell of a ride. Thank you, Lili St. Germain for making me homesick, making me love & hate certain character and above all creating such a wonderfully dark and terrifying story. I’m look forward to the next.
Thanks Jamie Nibarger Ellis
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ATMOSPHERIC. UNPUTDOWNABLE. MIND BLOWING. DEFINITE MUST READ.Read more
Lili St. Germain is a effing genius! If you're into having your mind completely scrambled, this is the mind numbing read you want!