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Desolate: An Empathy Novel by [Dukey, Ker]
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
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Ryan intrigued right from the offset in Empathy, this clever warped man had his hooks in me in book one and I was so very happy to get a story about him. He’s such a complex man with such an easy way about him. The guy is simply off his rocker, but Ker Dukey has this way of writing a character that allows you to get in their head and understand them. Saying that, she still has a readers mind going in circles at times. I feel in Empathy we only got a taste of Ryan, but her in Desolate you get the whole shebang. There’s no question that this man has an agenda, an end game and that anyone who gets caught up with him is just along for the ride. Much to their detriment.
Desolate deals with some truly effed up characters, written sympathetically but honestly. You get to dive into some truly messed up situations and some equally messed up scenarios. With not one iota of guilt on Ryan’s part. As I said he has an end game, and that end game is his brother’s daughter, Cereus. You can see this girl blossoming into every parent’s nightmare and I think ultimately what Blake did in the end was the right thing for everyone. There’s no romance in here, yet you start to see that finally Ryan could actually care for someone in his own weird way. What’s that saying….”like for like” I think it explains his uneasy relationship with his niece. Funny thing is, I can’t help but like Ryan. This is violent and extremely twisted; I wouldn’t expect anything less in this series. Such a riveting read. Blake seemed to be a changed man in this book though and I think I kinda liked that. The whole marriage/family thing has certainly had an impact on him. He has a respectful fear of his brother yet I think that fear was more for them than himself.
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I have just about re-assembled the pieces formerly known as me - Ryan makes my head spin.

He's only bloody out. He's convinced the doctors he is no longer a threat to society but his mind is still evil and he is going to find the perfect little Cereus and, oh my God how far will he go? His mind is psychotic, his words manipulative and tortuous.

Cereus is a beautiful 17 year old who feels like she is different to others. Could she contain the same evil as Ryan?

How much blood will be shed?

Ker Dukey writes with such skill, that I was totally immersed in the story. My heart beating and feeling scared. But wait could Ryan actually have a heart? I know that sounds impossible but the strangest things can happen.

A brilliant, roller coaster of a read.

"I was born with a superior genetic predisposition and all the naysayers are just ants, jealous of what they can't understand."

"I am not sick and I'm not broken. I'm desolate, born empty lacking a soul. You can't fix what was never broken."

"Cereus becomes the only one left in color amongst the darkening fog that is me threatening to devour the world. She's different; she has my blood in her veins."

"I only ever feel a release from the empty darkness consuming me when I feed it by inflicting some form of hurt or humiliation on another."

"Brutality and pain will be your legacy, and my tears will still flow to mourn you, because despite everything, I loved you."

"I like to listen to your heartbeat because it plays the only music I can understand and also because it is the only way I will ever know how to feel the love you speak of, the thump against my ear from your heart is all I will feel. I cannot feel the warmth or comfort others claim to feel from someone loving them, and for once in my life I actually envy them."
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I went from hating Ryan in Empathy to being totally mesmerised and fascinated by him in this book. We really get to see his inner workings and what a truly manipulating, evil but extremely clever psychopath he is. We knew some of that already , but it was interesting finding out about how he saw things, his place in the world and how he felt growing up. He is such a complex character that although you think you know what he'll do next, he still manages surprises along the way. The author gives you a real insight into what is going on in his mind and more information on why he is like he is.
One eye opening quote by Ryan is :- "Sometimes I wished I knew what it was I was supposed to feel because it was almost lonely inside my head knowing everyone around me felt things I didn't". When he gets philosophical like this , you almost feel sorry for him and he is often like this when talking about his relationship with Cereus. Finally getting to see another side to him which he tries hard to hide but we are treated to occasionally throughout the book.
It was lovely finding out how Blake and Melody had been over the last eighteen years and be properly introduced to their daughter Cereus. We learn how Blake is still fighting his dark side and the regrets he has over Ryan, but his overwhelming love for Melody is evident throughout the book.
There are so many twists and turns, unexpected revelations and discoveries you won't want to put the book down. Then just as you think you've finally understood Ryan and accepted what he's done; the author lulls you into false sense of security ,then pulls the detonator and the story explodes - blowing your mind and all your preconceived ideas out the window.
An absolutely wonderfully dark and twisted read by such a talented author. I would love to spend sometime in her head to see where all her ideas come from as I have thoroughly enjoyed all her books.
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