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- Print Length: 378 pages
- Publication Date: October 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M7QAV99
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read a book a day. Everyday!
Its been 3 days before I could read a new book. I just could not stop thinking of all the twists and turns in this book. What an ending. It made me wonder about so many things.
Its dark and no sunsets and roses but it sure make you think! for daaaayyyyyssss
A dark romance this is not. At least in my eyes. And while that could be debatable by some, I felt this was more of a story where the captive develops Stockholm Syndrome.
The story takes a turn that tries to make this a disturbing love affair, but I couldn’t see the love. I saw the obsession for Vesper from Sam, and the mental and physical abuse he inflicted upon her.
This story was cringe-worthy as you see the abuse Vesper goes through and how her feelings for her captor grow. There were times she could escape. But she didn’t. She developed a strong affection for him that drives this story into a messy love affair.
So why am I debunking this as a romance? Sam, our ‘hero,’ is dubbed The Night Prowler, because he goes into unsuspecting women’s homes and rapes them. The story takes us back into his past, trying to make us sympathize for him. And while it did a good job building his complex character, it did nothing to make his actions justifiable so that I should think he needed a happily ever after.
He was a murderer, a rapist, and a demented soul. And had always been since he was young. I didn’t care about his past and that he was made fun of for stuttering. It did not justify his actions. Instead of seeing Vesper’s true feelings grow, I could clearly feel that she developed a strong case of Stockholm.
After Sam would physically abuse her, and the story tried to get around that he wasn’t physically abusive because he didn’t hit her. Well, he did smack her once. But he anally raped Vesper. Not once. But twice. While she screamed in pain. That’s not physical abuse? Anyway after he was done, she felt a need to be close to him. To talk to him. Everything she did screamed how brainwashed she was becoming.
I wasn’t sure of the turn this story was going to take. And while I really wanted justice for Vesper and for her to get her life on track—I was mentally screaming for her to do the right thing—she didn’t. And that’s why this story is a disturbing case of a captor and his obsession. Maybe you could say there was love involved. But I’m sorry, for me love doesn’t trump the justice that is deserved for the murders and rapes that Sam committed.
So, I’m left feeling unsure about it. I’m sure if you are going into this as a dark romance, then the ending could be something you could enjoy. I’m leaving this story with a bad taste, but again, maybe that was the author’s intention? If so, I say she succeeded.
Sam is a predator with a scarred past and conflicts that continue to plague his psyche as an adult. In trying to reconcile his deep needs, he becomes a person that has no fear and is in ultimate control. What percolates under the surface is much deeper than it appears to be and Sam has his sights on someone that might sate his longstanding needs.
What brings Sam to Vesper is simple on the surface but when Sam is forced to improvise, everything changes. From that point forward, the transition for Vesper, as a captive, and Sam, as the hunter, is immediate and intense. Relying on his resources, Sam is dedicated to finally getting what he’s always wanted and molds Sam to his expectations, but as more is revealed about Sam, conflicted feelings arise.
Sam’s process of indoctrinating Vesper is hauntingly fascinating due to his conflicting nature and her reaction to him. At times, I was rooting for Vesper but then hoping Sam could finally obtain what always seemed out of reach; however, the tension of getting caught always loomed.
For me, I empathized with Sam and what he experienced, as his family didn’t help him much with their visions. The thrill of seeing life through Sam’s eyes offered a disturbing insight into what makes him tick and the past/present narratives underscored his emotions. With Vesper, I was satisfied with her character portrayal but seemed to crave a bit more from her but by the end, I understood her choices and how it was all choreographed.
I have to wonder what kind of life Sam and Vesper would really have. While Sam is handsome on the outside, he is every bit a monster on the inside, and knowing his true nature, Vesper is able to make a critical decision. These contradictions make this plot work because what occurs is not black and white. It is depraved, selfish, nurturing, manipulative and scary. Through a thrilling narrative, the author tells a story that unravels to a point where you’re not sure if madness or good sense will prevail.
For those looking for a thrilling captive story with some twists, I recommend Take Me With You!
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