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Without Condition by [Sonora Taylor]

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4.6 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

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"If King's Carrie had turned into a serial killer, and your setting was the backwoods country life, you'd have Without Condition. It's a murderous mayhem of revenge and fix culminating in horrifying shows of unconditional love. I'll never look at a beat-up old truck without apprehension again." - Erin Al-Mehairi, author of Breathe. Breathe.

"The entire book is a deep dive into the tortured mind of characters deeply scarred by the words of others and I found it endlessly fascinating." - Laurie at
Horror After Dark.

"Like an episode of Six Feet Under mixed with Dexter ... everything is so thorough and laid out so well that there isn't one action or incident that feels irrational, and that speaks to the talent Sonora brings to the table. I truly loved this story." - Steve Stred, author of
Wagon Buddy and Invisible; for Kendall Reviews.

"Sonora Taylor has written an unsettling, yet somewhat tender, story of coping with abuse and the hope of being able to truly love and be loved ... The Beatles wrote 'All You Need is Love'. They never read
Without Condition." - Suzy Michael, High Fever Books.

"I truly enjoyed this story. Even though Cara was a killer you felt for her. You felt for the child that she was ... the woman that she was growing into. I really can't wait to see what else Taylor has up her sleeve. If you haven't gotten this in your brain you are missing out." - Toni,
The Misadventures of a Reader.
"It demystifies the serial killer compared to most media depictions, revealing [Cara] to be messed-up, but still fundamentally human. If you're looking for a very thoughtful and unusual look into the mind of a serial killer, as well as a wonderful relationship story, this is an excellent read!" - Heather Grove,
Errant Dreams.

From the Author

Sonora Taylor is the author of The Crow's Gift and Other Tales, Please Give, and Wither and Other Stories. Her short story, "Hearts are Just' Likes,'" was included in Camden Park Press' Quoth the Raven, an anthology of stories and poems that put a contemporary twist on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Her work has also been published in The Sirens Call and Mercurial Stories. "The Crow's Gift" will be featured on the horror podcast "Tales to Terrify" later in 2019. Her second novel,Without Condition, is now available on Amazon. She lives in Arlington,Virginia, with her husband.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07NJDCWGQ
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 7, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 751 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 342 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1793018022
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

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Sonora Taylor is the author of several short stories and novels, including Seeing Things, Little Paranoias: Stories, and Without Condition. In 2020, she won the Ladies of Horror Fiction awards for Best Collection (Little Paranoias) and Best Novel (Without Condition). Her short stories have been published by Camden Park Press, Burial Day Press, Kandisha Press, Cemetery Gates Media, Sirens Call Publications, Tales to Terrify, and others.

Along with V. Castro, Sonora co-manages Fright Girl Summer (frightgirlsummer.com), an online book festival promoting marginalized authors and voices. In 2022, Sonora and Nico Bell will edit an anthology of fat-positive horror called Diet Riot: A Fatterpunk Anthology.

Sonora is currently working on her fourth novel. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and a rescue dog.

Visit Sonora online at sonorawrites.com.

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I like Sonora Taylor’s writing a lot and although this, on face value, is a story about a female serial killer it’s really about much more than that: It’s a story about relationships; be they romantic, or those between a mother and child. Both Jackson & Cara have complicated relationships with their mothers (massive understatement).
Although gory at times, it’s also a touching tale about acceptance and loving someone unconditionally to the extreme. Definitely worth a read😊
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for your horror loving Valentine :)
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 11, 2019
I fell into this dark character study from the very start and never fell out of it which is a bit of a rarity for me.

Without Condition takes its time building the story and focuses on the coming of age of a lonely little girl named Cara who lives on an isolated former pumpkin farm with only her mother and a farm hand for company. Cara looks forward to school and meeting kids her age but a bad encounter in kindergarten sets the tone for the rest of her school years. She’s bullied and whispered about and as a result she withdraws and doesn’t bother making friends with the girls. It’s easier with the boys anyway because they don’t whisper about her. But as she grows older she realizes they do something even worse. They talk and they embellish and her reputation gets trashed by everyone. Those ugly voices Cara hears whispering in her head get louder and louder until she finds an outlet to quiet them . . .

I LOVED the first half of this story. It’s a slow build but it is such an interesting tale. I was 100% invested in Cara as a character. She is most definitely “off” but it’s an understandable type of “off” because we get to know Cara intimately. She is prickly and she is intense but I never disliked her. It’s dark as hell and it doesn’t shy away from any of the viciousness dwelling within people and Cara most especially. Would she have turned out the way she did had she not been bullied and shunned and failed by the adults in her life? That’s hard to say. I thought the author did a great job creating Cara and all of the life events and complexities filling her tortured mind.

About halfway or so in the book changes focus and it becomes a dark romance. Cara meets a man named Jackson. He’s the first man that she hasn’t wanted to kill, lol, and things get very complicated in Cara’s head. Her life of work and spending time with her slightly off mom, who supports her long truck rides to “quiet” the voices, starts to morph into something else. Cara is falling in love but she has so many secrets that a normal life with Jackson may be impossible no matter how badly she now desires it. This section of the book is most definitely a romance with some wickedly dark edges. That’s my favorite kind, to be honest, so I was the perfect reader for this one. Cara isn’t the only one with painful memories in her past. Jackson is a wounded person and his head is a wee bit messed up as well but is he damaged enough to accept someone like Cara?

This is not an action packed, slice and dice type of horror novel and it’s a little slow in the middle but that worked just fine for me. The entire book is a deep dive into the tortured mind of characters deeply scarred by the words of others and I found it endlessly fascinating. The writing grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I can honestly say my heart was worried for both Cara and Jackson which lends itself to the strong character development. Without Condition is about 75% dark romance and 25% horror novel so if you enjoy the two as much as I do you’ll want to put this moody little gem on your must-read RIGHT NOW list.
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