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I was disappointed
Reviewed in Australia on 26 October 2021
I did not love this book. In fact I considered not finishing it. The problem wasn't the violence, killing or torture. The problem is that all of the main characters are so incredibly stupid that it was painful to read, and making the main characters stupid is a pet hate of mine.
Let's discuss Ellie. Naive gullible Ellie. Every single time her gut tells her something isn't right, she completely disregards it. No matter what evidence is around her, she deliberately puts her head in the sand, and she literally denied the possibility of the guys knowing anything so many times it was repetitive and annoying.
Now the guys ... they were pretty pathetic. The book actually starts with them killing and dismembering some guy, they constantly talk about keeping Ellie safe and how they can't live without. In the meantime, they've basically messed her up emotionally for years, hiding everything from her, keeping distance from her while supposedly killing for her. Meanwhile, she has no self esteem, and one of them actively has her believing he hates her. Every interaction between them and her is painful. Even when they know she's in danger, they still won't admit they know anything.
The main female character and her ignorance of the guys feelings is reminiscent of The Shadows of Wildberry Lane series by M. Sinclair as well as the Untouchable series by Heather Long. So while this book has serial killer suitors, I kind of felt I'd already read this FMC, right down to the developing eating disorder.
Lastly, this story didn't feel that well developed. It doesn't explain how the guys got into killing or why they thought it would help her. The book felt like it had major events, and then it's like "one week later", or "one month later". I do think there was a lot of
potential but I struggled to connect with the characters and the storyline.