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The Raping of Ava DeSantis: A Horror Novel Paperback – September 10, 2015
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I’m not putting anything on here; I will just be honest, a good part of my opinion is based on the fact that the story’s main setting- Atlanta, Georgia -is the nearest metropolitan city near me so I am free to verify the truth behind the odd collection of stock characters and their Southern-“isms” that I have witnessed. There’s always the “good ol’ boys club” and “old money” subculture, debutante belles with flamboyant updos, and what I like to call the decadent aristocracy. This is a story that has them all, interwoven with scandal, vice, greed, lust and ultimate revenge.
When a college student is brutally attacked (I will stop at that description for the sake of curiosity) the chickens are coming home to roost for the perpetrators years down the road. One of them, now a PR corporate big shot from a prestigious old-money type of family, is about to have his life turned upside down. It’s a fast-paced read (with chronological chapters) with brilliantly depicted characters set amid the underground seaminess of the big ATL and the outlying affluent neighborhoods, such as Buckhead and Virginia Highlands. It goes to show you that the rich all have secret hidden sorrows as well, and there is a high price to pay for buying off someone’s silence.
A woman scorned can be a dangerous thing, if you have ever seen The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Fatal Attraction, and their deadly female ilk, you know very well what it means when a woman who has been cruelly dumped, betrayed, abused, etc. seeking vindication at all costs. As Halloween approaches and horror fans are gearing up for some good movies and literature, you won’t want to miss this one.
But then, strangely enough, people start turning up dead and the past comes rushing back like an out of control freight train. Carbia flexes her literary muscle and delivers a story that is both compassionate to victims of sexual assault and truly terrifying at the same time. Its horror is unflinching and grips you so tightly that you keep turning the pages even though you know what's coming next will scare you witless.
Even with its dark themes, the novel is not without a sense of humor. I would add a 6th star if I could just for the line about a room looking like it was decorated by two straight men on a dare.
"The Raping..." is stark, blood freezing horror and any fan of a good scary read should snag this up as soon as possible.
Think of a life experience you've had that changed your inner core. Maybe a job interview that went bad, or a first date that went horribly sour. That is what this book is about: an innocent evening among friends that changes a really good person into a horrid (but incredibly likable) monster.
I agree with all the positive reviews about this book so far. Mylo Carbia has excellent writing skills. She creates multidimensional, entertaining characters, and the story line is wonderful and highly original. More importantly, her southern dialog is pitch-perfect considering she's from New Jersey.
Glad to finally see another big talent in horror.
Thankfully, the rape scene is not described in great detail, and the one glimpse we have of Ava is during a brief paragraph in which she learns the repercussions immediately following the gang rape from the hospital, in which her dad is there and instead of really having her back, he then introduces her to Wesley's mother for a big pay off in order to keep her silence. That's it, no more detail into Ava, the Hell she went through, and what drives her for revenge, or anything else for that matter. In Big Driver by Stephen King it gave you a perspective into the struggles the woman went through and made her revenge more satisfying, in my opinion.
I wanted to like Wesley more, but he is a lying, condescending, unfaithful husband who is only rich because of his mother. Sebastian and David, the other two involved in the gang rape, are even more despicable than Wesley. And while I did like the twist at the end, it seemed like the last quarter of the novel was rushed a bit and could have been better.