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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful stuff, 13 Sep 2013
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This is a fascinating book. Neither of the main characters has a name. There's 'I' and 'You'. Two people meet on a train, and this is the story of what happened to them. There's a lot of sex in this book. In fact, there's heaps of sex. Some of it's tender, some of it's brutal. There's also a lot of food... At its core it's a love story, but not one for the faint of heart.
It's not like anything else, which is thoroughly refreshing in an age when everything has to be put into carefully marked boxes. This book doesn't fit comfortably into a box with a label on it, which does nothing to detract from its fascination. Engaging and gripping by turns, as well as containing a few between-the-eyes shocks, it's a book that stays with you once you've read the last page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing read, 3 Mar 2014
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First a warning, this is a graphic book. There is sex, lots of sex. But the bodily pleasures are not there as filler, the liaisons tell a story all by themselves, as the characters get to know each other and their needs begin to filter to the surface. I applaud the author for using this method so successfully as a method for deepening the characters.

The author also never names the characters. I didn’t even realise he’s done this until I was fairly well into the book. Omitting these names tells a story of its own.

Then there is the murder, the rape, the underlying theme, the fire that presses ‘her’ to do all kinds of dark things. And don’t forget love, as this is a love story as well. There is control and obsession and eventually an ending that took me completely by surprise.

This is a thought provoking book, and one that has stayed with me since I finished it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard never disappoints, 5 Jan 2014
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I read Dead Men a while ago, and loved it and while this is in an entirely (cough) different vein, the delivery and eloquence is all there.
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The Failed Assassin by Richard Pierce (Paperback - 31 Oct 2013)
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