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Yeah, the book is filled with THAT much despair. Don't get me wrong... I'm considering that a good thing. It's because it wasn't brought to us ham-fisted or in a melodramatic style, but in a nightmarishly mundane fashion.
Reed has been labeled "The Gay Stephen King." Personally, I think that does a disservice to Reed! And while the homosexual overtones were a bit... looming... it didn't stop this heterosexual guy from getting swept up by the horrible reality of homeless children selling themselves for drugs and money.
Oh, and I dare you to try and find an antagonist you despise more. There may be some minor reasons to try and sympathize with the villain, but seriously, I found myself fantasizing hopefully about his extended torture scene. No joke, Dwight Morris has now entered my Top 5 "Most Despicable" or what have you.
If you have a strong stomach for, well... everything; get this.
This is a story about salvation and what we have to do and overcome to not only save ourselves but those around us we care for.
It has been quite a while since I have read a book that has been this gripping. Rick is a magnificent writer and has the ability to keep the reader so enthralled that it is next to impossible to stop long enough to catch a breath. This is the first book of Rick's that I have read and I can't wait to read more of his incredible work. I so highly recommend Rick to each and every one. He is sure to become a quick favorite to one and all!
'PENANCE' is a dark thriller with a monster so vile you almost want to hide yourself, but not in the church. "shiver's"
So--on one hand--this is a horrifying view of a man and his killings with some very extreme scenes of violence. On the other hand this is a well-written, strong study of a madman and his victims. Proceed at your own risk. As I said, it's unpleasant but I kept reading.
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I have been reading horror books since I was much too young to be doing it. Everything from Stephen King to Ed McBain to every other book I could get my hands on. Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by Cindi - On Top Down Under Book Reviews
While I think that the story itself was good, and the backgrounds/lives of the homeless children heartbreaking, and disturbing, the addition of the priest didn't do anything for... Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by Ashley Waldron
Rick Reed has turned out another suspensful gay murder mystery involving street kids, an abused sick monster, and a priest battling his addiction to boys.
I like that Mr. Read more
Now THIS is the kind of book that makes me uncomfortable, which--in my mind, anyway--says it's GOOD. Read morePublished on March 28, 2008 by K. Grimes