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Break Her
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on 14 December 2014
Amazing story. So brutal and real keeping you guessing who will be the victor of this endless experience but the author did amazingly at constantly getting the reader to question what victory cost and what it looked like. Who is really the victor and who the loser? What illusions do we hold as both captor and victim and do we really want to "win"? The battle between two people in a game of physical brutality and psychological warfare is amazingly well told particularly as you are never given names. The bare bones and stripped simplicity of this interaction between two human beings serves only to make it more powerful and I was gripped right until the end. This book is not for those looking for a fluffy light read but i personally would recommend it wholeheartedly. Five stars!
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on 19 May 2015
Loved it and hated it. I have given 5 stars because I could not put this book down, you are thrown in at the very beginning and I could not read it quick enough to get to the conclusion. Even though it is just two characters and the back ground of her story is mainly told through flash backs of her thoughts and trying to second guess how he is going to react for her to be able to survive it may sound like it should have got boring, however far from it, it was so well written it was addictive. For those who like and ending that is clear cut with no loose ends then perhaps it will not appeal to you I was just happy that it ended the way it did, my only question would be what happened to the cats.
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on 2 January 2014
This book is not for the faint hearted. It starts as it continues, with the relentless rape of a woman. You don't get any names, or descriptions of the man, or the woman. I found it difficult to connect, and took frequent breaks from reading. The dialog between them, and her thoughts help, but I don't think I 'Liked' her, as mostly you are dealing with the present time, how she is mentally surviving the continual assault. The last quarter of the book was better for me, you get to find out a little more about her. The end was just right. A 3 1/2 star rating, somehow 4 seems to high, and 3 too low.
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on 1 April 2014
It feels wrong in some ways to say I was fascinated and enthralled with this book. The story is dark to say the least but is addictive. We get hints about her and why she is a target but so much is left to the imagination regarding that, that I'm both frustrated but also enjoying the mystery. The description of events is graphic and throughout I was kept guessing as to whether the slips she made that got him angry were intentional, part of her plan or indeed accidents. The end is a twist, and an excellent twist at that. Even though I now know the end, I would definitely read it again.
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on 23 May 2015
I've never written a review before but had to this time. Although there is unrelenting brutal sex between the characters who are never named, this is not a work of erotica but a very cleverly written psychological thriller which kept me hooked from beginning to twisted end - I felt quite drained as I reached the final page. If you can get past the first few chapters, you will appreciate a quite remarkable piece of work - "like" or "enjoy" are not words to be used here! This is a "must read".
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on 6 October 2013
I liked the psychology of this book. Got a little tedious towards the end as most of the action is repetititve but overall a good read. I guessed the ending but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. Quite a hard subject matter; if you are very squeamish or have a background that means you have psychological triggers around violence and especially sexual violence then you shouldn't read this.
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on 3 April 2013
this book kept me on the edge of my seat,didn't want to do any work as i was so engrossed in this story.
as most other books iv'e read they fall in love at the end of the book.......but WOW i didn't expect what happened in this book at the end i wont say too much as i don't want to spoil it for others. all i can say is brilliant reccomend it to all.
would want to read it again.
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on 21 June 2013
It was an interesting read. Very dark thoughts and ideas for a storyline, and very graphic information.

The rhythm of the prose is most surprising. It's lucid and very "out there" at times, which helps ring in the victim's thought pattern.

The only complaint is that it drags on and on. I think a quarter of the events could have been chucked from the book.
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on 26 March 2013
Not for the faint of heart. Not a romance or HEA. Not safe, sane and consensual.
From start to finish this book has you on edge. Very compelling read that is difficult to put down. All the way through I thought that the story would have a HEA twist and I would be able to sigh and relax but Noooooooooooooo.
A disturbing book but well worth the read. Loved it.
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on 9 November 2012
Writing: 5 stars for the intense and intelligent writing.
Emotions: 5 stars - It brought extremely intense emotions. I have never read anything like this.
Characters: 3 stars - Only the roles of Rapist and Victim feature in this story and we are given nothing on them, which yes served a purpose but left so many questions unanswered!
Overall story taking in my feelings of the ending: 3 stars
Content: Un-rateable: Extremely graphic depictions of rape, sex, and violence that is not for the faint-hearted and I struggled. This was a very difficult read for me.

Do I subscribe to shock value? Do you?

I couldn't help thinking about this question, as I read this story, freaking myself out by being unable to put it down as the obscene depravity actually caused me to feel sick to my stomach. Okay I'll be honest with you, I actually was sick....once. Let's get it all out there...this entire story is psychologically beyond anything I have ever known or read about rape. It scared me, I cried, it pulled me way past my boundary, my safety....right over the edge into the darkest place I have ever been thrown by a story. I questioned myself, I questioned issues raised in this book making something irrational make sense as in "what is the worst thing that could happen to me...how do I compare, and in relation to what and who?"

The writing is exceptional and intelligent. If this had not been the case I would never have finished it. The brilliance of the writing made me turn every page, much like an endurance test at times as I needed to know how this macabre storyline was going to end. Don't get me wrong I asked myself continuously why on earth I was still reading and at times I had to stop. However, at no point could I stop thinking about this story whilst reading, which made me pick it right back up. Do I fully understand why? No....no I actually don't.

As a reader there is no gentle easing into the crux of the storyline. Our female lead wakes up with her rapist right from the get go. In fact she wakes up whilst in the act of being raped.
On the whole, your focus is solely and purely on the actions of the rapist and his victim over two days of hell on earth.

It's a psychological battle of wills between a psychopath and his victim. A victim; who questions with defiance yet with the respect necessary for her situation.

We do not get to know anything about the rapist and his victim other than the fact that he was hired to break her psychologically into nothing. In relation to what they look like, their names or who or what they really are, we remain clueless.

We know them as the rapist/he and the victim/her. It is purely about the actions and the consequent feelings and emotions. The writing here is so cleverly played because it makes the actions super magnified; there is nothing else, we see and feel only that. The emotions intensified because your complete focus is taken up by that. Brutal!

The strength and the hope right at the core of our victim is staggering...she puts up a fight with her words; her cunning, her personality is her ultimate strength. The back and forth; the battle of wills, to put it mildly and for want of a more accurate expression, between the rapist and the victim blew my mind!

The rapist is arrogant, egotistical and has no boundaries. He believes himself to be flawless, a rape artist. A mastermind in breaking and stripping his victim of her rational thought through physical pain extending into the core of her being. Destroying her hope and her self-preservation; driving her into a shadow and extreme soul destruction.

The ending was anticlimactic. The possible ending being what I kept on reading to know. I was left un-satisfied. A small victory sure, but I needed...no craved more. I needed more than one of my many questions answered. I did not feel satisfied; rather I felt cheated.

One word will haunt me for a long time to come: Checkmate

To me; this song; these lyrics paints an emotional picture of this story...I had it playing in my head as I was reading:

Pearl Jam - Footsteps
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