5 DARK and AGONIZING Stars
The second book of this saga picks up right where Dissident left off. Caroline, first lady of Pennsylvania,
CAROLINE GERARD McINTYRE
has been captured and is facing an uncertain fate but, we know it won’t be pretty.
If you like a great political thriller with loads of action and suspense, highly witty banter/dialogue and a seriously kick ass heroine, you will LOVE this series.
I’m not very knowledgeable about US politics; I don’t understand all the nuances and it doesn’t necessarily turn my crank but this series works for me. Why? It works because I’m fascinated with the human psyche and the struggle for power vs. altruism and the never ending strategizing that is rampant in politics. Underlying the political world of this series are the machinations and struggles between the power hungry and those who are truly there for the betterment of the country and the people.
I’ve read some seriously dark mindfucks and twisted stories but…I’ll be blunt, this was pure torture on all levels.
What Caroline endures cannot be sugar coated.
If you can’t handle a brutal punch of reality mixed in with your fiction or if physical, mental and emotional torture make you sick, this is not for you.
Don’t get me wrong, this book/series is so worth the read. It's dark, clever, vicious and psychotic, and let me tell you, it’s brilliantly done!!
The story is told, like the first book, in flashbacks. Interweaving past and present, in my mind, was deliberate on a few fronts. First, the past sequences divulged enough information to perfectly line up with the present day action. Also, the flashbacks slowly moved forward to the present day and put the pieces together as to the how and why Caroline is where she is. Finally, these flashbacks were also used as a coping mechanism for Caroline as she relived family, friends and their love as well as the freakin’ HOT smexy times with her silver fox, Jack McIntyre. Let me tell you, these hot interludes of sex, lust..
...and pure unadulterated love
where an oasis in the desert and also a fucking fantastic escape from it all. For both Caroline and myself.
Just when I thought my heart couldn’t be shredded any further, Ms. London would whisk us away to the past and give me a much needed reprieve.
There are some truly evil characters in this story that I hungrily await their day...
It was only at the very end of the book that I realized that I’d gone through the emotional stages with Caroline of rage, hope, guilt, anguish and finally despair. I truly was a wreck at the end of this book. I finished it late at night, just before bed and as I read the last line, I couldn’t help but burst into tears.
I was like a damn bursting at the seams and this surprised me. Not because the story didn’t warrant that reaction but because I didn’t know how overwhelmed I’d been and that I’d been holding a lot of the pain, anger and sadness of this story in.
I’m seriously looking forward to the next book. Ms. London does leave us hanging in what I’d like to say is a hopeful way. But I’m not fooled, we’re not out of the darkness yet.
**An ARC generously provided by Cecilia London in exchange for an honest review.**