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For some readers, a few of the subjects may be off-putting. For me, one of the marks of a good author is how he or she handles writing what can be considered difficult subject matter for the majority of the population. Churchill handles these subjects—kidnapping and voyeurism, to name a few—with a deft pen. (er… keyboard?) But at the conclusion of this story, even the initial feelings you have about Hyde’s actions are turned upside down and inside out.
This is truly an erotic horror, so brace yourself. Once you’ve decided to strap in, Churchill creates an enthralling experience for the reader. His imagery is creative, but not over-worked. He used his words craftily, bringing each character’s emotions to the reader in a vivid bas-relief, making reading Hyde an almost tactile experience. Both fear and sexual pleasure are given equal attention and the writing of each is powerfully effective.
Hyde is also peppered with pictures, shown like stacks of Polaroid photos within the text. I’m pleased to say that each artist is credited with copyright for their work just inside the cover.
One of my favorite terms used in Hyde was “pained satisfaction”. It ties into a neat little bow what most of the characters face. I must admit, I didn’t forsee the ending, as I sometimes do with erotic horror. There’s no way for me to describe it here without giving spoilers, but the finale was a fit ending for this tale and an excellent way to wrap up this quest for self-knowledge.
Hyde reflects its namesake. Disturbing, yet recognizable.
The story opened with the usual introduction to our main character, Sam. We meet her, get a feel for who she is, or at least who she portrays herself to be. And then it quickly turned to erotica. A good, old-fashioned, no holds barred f*(! scene. It happened quickly and unexpectedly. Actually a nice opening to this story. Admittedly, I wasn't ready for it, but I do enjoy being surprised. The move from erotica to thriller was smooth and transitioned well. It wasn't really a plot twist. More of a segue. And the story did not skip back and forth as I had worried it would. It blended beautifully and it became apparent to me that this story was not a typical `one or the other' type of tale. Mr. Churchill has quite a talent.
A little more than an erotic thriller, this story is more a journey of self discovery. For the most part. It is that painfully eye-opening adventure that allows one to find what they may not even know they are missing, whether they want to or not. This journey is Sam's and we get to tag along for the ride. Well, half tag along and half experience it with her. The scenes and descriptions were vivid and realistic. The emotional roller coaster ride was mine as well as Sam's. Let's face it. I enjoyed this story. Hyde is so much more than I anticipated, and in a world where that rarely happens anymore all I can say is I am glad this story found me. Vince Churchill has grabbed my attention and I look forward to reading more from this intriguing author.
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