- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 985 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692628061
- Publisher: Burning Willow Press, LLC; 1 edition (12 Feb. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BQL43EU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story centres around a highly deranged individual Simone, who throughout the book tells us his back story to allow us to find out exactly why he is so messed up. The other main character is the Samaritans call centre operator Toni, who speaks to him regularly. Both characters are well fleshed out and I enjoyed both of their stories. There are a few other people who are often in the book, Stu who works with Toni in the call centre and is sort of seeing her and Chaos who is our main characters Mistress. Simone also has a few toys he converses with who pop up often. I really enjoyed their parts and hope to see a lot more of them in the sequel that I believe is already written.
The book is pretty heavy on violence and Simone manages to rack up a fair body count. There is a pretty heavy sexual content throughout the book as well which I have no problem with reading a lot of Edward Lee and Wrath James White but I’m not sure it will be for everyone.
I found David’s style of writing easy to read, his descriptions of the surroundings excellent and the conversations between the characters were very natural. Nothing worse than reading a good story and every time the people speak you want to through the book away.
The pacing is excellent throughout with no slow parts to speak of. I think David has found his niche in the Extreme Horror sub-genre and I will look forward to reading a lot more books by him.
Toni is captivated and enthralled from her first contact with Simone. He gets under her skin, causing her to make rash decisions. What happens when they get together? Well there's only one way to find out. I highly recommend that you read this book and other works by David Owain Hughes. You will not be disappointed.
Since childhood, Simone has had an odd group of friends, whom he refers to as his “crew.” The crew is a group of toys that include a clown and G.I. Joe figurine, and he hears each of their voices in his head. As he talks to his toys and they talk back to him, you instantly know there is something very wrong with Simone.
At the beginning of the story, Simone calls a local Samaritan hotline and gets in touch with Toni, a university student who works at the centre part time and one who looks forward to each subsequent call from Simone as he tells her all about his childhood and his Mistress, Chaos. With each call, Toni becomes more infatuated with Simone and her infatuation leads to her giving him her mobile phone number so they can talk when she's not at work. Eventually the two decide to meet.
I'm not going to give away any more major plot points because if you are an extreme horror fan, you need to dive into the complexities of each character and experience story itself. However, I will warn you that many parts of this story are difficult to read. We get detailed descriptions of the sexual abuse Simone is subjected to as a boy, and Chaos is not a pleasant person when it comes to what she does to her “slave,” Simone. As the story progresses, it becomes more violent, disturbing, and gory, all the way up to its shocking conclusion. These things, blood, uncomfortable sexual situations, and violence are all right up my street, but some may find them a bit too much. If you're easily shocked or offended, steer clear of Wind-Up Toy.
This is my second book by this author and although I wasn't a huge fan after the first one, Wind-Up Toy effectively captured my attention and held it with its brilliant character development and vivid descriptions that made me feel like I was there, watching the action unfold. The writing and dialogue are a little clunky in spots, but the story drew me in and I couldn't stop reading until I found out Simone and Toni's fate. I was impressed with how each piece of the story eventually came together to paint a horrifying picture of how and why Simone ended up like he did and why he makes the choices he makes. Wind-Up Toy bounces around a bit from Simone's childhood to the present, but the author did a great job of making the story flow well and never once did I confuse the past and present.
Overall, I think this is a great entry into the world of extreme horror and the more Hughes writes, the better he gets. I look forward to seeing what else his warped imagination comes up with.
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