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- Print Length: 208 pages
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- Publication Date: May 19, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KGC2SV6
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Well…that was….?? I’m almost at a loss for words. Not what I expected! I highly enjoyed the author’s writing style. It was grotesque being inside Alexandre’s mind but you couldn’t help to laugh a bit at his haughty and sometimes affable attitude.
I thought the author did an amazing job at portraying a textbook narcissist. Every element was there- the gaslighting of his patients, his superior attitude, obsession with appearance, and the constant use of people to suit his own needs. Bleh! It definitely was unsettling- I would say almost worse than being inside the mind of a serial killer!
The storyline follows Alexandre and his interactions with his former colleagues, select patients, and an alluring woman he calls ‘Mistress’. Mistress is the only woman close to perfection in his opinion but she isn’t a fan of his methods.
Now that ending- okay! Wow. Intense! Didn’t really see that one coming…I had an inclination something was going on but that was a good twist. Bravo! I thought this was a really good story but I can’t say if I liked it or not honestly… I still have the heebie geebies! Overall, 4.5 stars
I'm not going to summarize the story (plenty of other reviewers have done that already and you can also read the synopsis)...but what I will tell you is strap in for the nasty and sexually deviant ride of your life. You will be shocked and maybe completely turned on (or off)...plenty of non-con and extremely violent sexual activity.
I found myself thinking "Fight Club" as I was reading...as well as "American Psycho"...gather from that what you will and go in with an open mind.
I really was drawn in by the first half of the book and then it took a turn way farther into crazy town than I was expecting...the ending left me more pissed off than satisfied. Definitely a unique and darker book than most. Not for the faint of heart.
**** 4 **** "let the healing begin" stars
Alexandre Dane is a therapist specializing in sexual trauma. He’s also a sociopath. And carries around a tremendous amount of his own baggage. In some respects, it’s actually a really good thing that he’s a sociopath as his lack of emotional attachment to events and people keep him functioning in a way that a better-adjusted human being would not be. But you can still feel him starting to spiral as the story moves along. And you don’t know whether you should feel sorry for him or worry for the people that are bound to get blown to pieces when he does finally go all the way over the edge.
There is a whole cast of other characters in this book that Alexandre burns through in one way or another. He either f**** them, f**** with them, tolerates them or dismisses them entirely. His need for other people is situational at best in that he needs them around only to fulfill needs he can’t otherwise meet himself. The array of other people littering this story are interesting in their own right and the way he interacts with each of them is equally intriguing. There are moments when we see beyond Alexandre’s lack of attachment to his own self-reflection as it’s brought on by a relationship with one of these other people and it’s extraordinary to get that peek behind the curtain of his muddled mind.
Jaden Wilkes has written a book that is three parts brilliant and one part appalling. Brilliant in how it’s told. Brilliant in the patience she displays as she walks us through Alexandre’s undoing. Brilliant in the way that she has him interact with all of the other characters and what they each bring out of him. Brilliant that she got me to emotionally invest in this cruel and completely detached man. Appalling for all of the same reasons. Some of the things Alexandre does to other people and himself are truly horrific to read.
To say that this book is only a mindf*** lets the reader off the hook. Sure, you could read this book, chalk it up for crazy town and move on. But it could be so much more than that if you allow it. The puppet strings are pulled so masterfully you don’t even see them until the lights come up at the end of the production. But the real trick is thinking that the characters are the ones attached to the end of those strings when in reality, it’s us. The readers. Being jerked willy nilly at Wilkes’ whim and whimsy. It’s a ride to be sure and one for which I would gladly sign up as many times as I’m allowed.
SPOILER ALERT: The old saying, "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree," is at play in this book. A youngster, abused physically and mentally by a parent or parents, is bound to mature with twists in his/her character. As the story unfolded, I realized that the supposed villain is not really the villain ... he's one of the victims. Two of the original villains never appear, but are mentioned. Other villains make their appearance later, and the dawning realization of who is the most twisted villain (and the machinations of those villains) made me exclaim aloud (I won't reproduce that expletive here). The denouement of the whole piece left me admiring Ms. Wilkes' ability to create a story that will appeal to fans of Stephen King -- she's that good.
Bottom line: do not expect romance; do not expect "sexiness". But do read it and then give thanks if you had a conventional middle-of-the-road upbringing!
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