For a while now, I have refrained from posting bad reviews. With the exception of my review for Poughkeepsie–and even that book I found good in; if I don’t have anything good to say about a book–I just don’t say anything at all (i.e. no review is written). I’ve been encouraged by quite a few people to break that trend and that starts, today.
I disliked this book so intensely, I couldn’t stay silent. But before I dive in, let me first say: I have a tremendous amount of respect for writers–fiction in particular. It truly takes a gifted person to ‘create’ a character. I’ve said many times that my respect and personal enthusiasm for independent authors is off the charts. Ok, I had to get that off my chest. Now, let’s dive in.
In a Nutshell
Consequences, by Aleatha Romig is a dramatic love story that’s not good–ok, the story is just bad. Claire, is a meteorologist working as a bartender in Atlanta during the recession. (You know, the current recession that we’re repeatedly told is over–that one.) Anthony, is a controlling, domineering, billionaire psychopath.
Anthony abducts Claire and whisks her away to Iowa. Yeah, Iowa. Claire is originally from Indiana so she easily adapts to the change in weather and scenery. While Claire’s ‘prison’ is a gorgeous mansion, it’s still indeed a prison. She suffers from repeated physical and mental abuse at the hands of Anthony–the billionaire who has a staff of many who love him–even though he’s holding a woman hostage in said mansion and they see the clear signs of said abuse. This goes on, blah, blah, blah…and then the end has a twist to get you to buy the next book. Yes, there are actually 2 more in this series. But this blogger won’t be reading them.
I don’t even know where to begin–though you got the gist from above. The storyline of this book is just ridiculous. It was pitched as ‘dark’ and while the subject matter is such–without being written graphically–it’s also beyond unrealistic. I read an awful lot of fiction–some paranormal–so I’m more than happy to suspend reality, but this was on a whole new level.
Claire is repeatedly abused and constantly trying to escape, yet when given the opportunity to go back to the happy life she was living pre-abduction, she CHOOSES to stay with her captor. The man who beats, rapes, humiliates, and abuses her–repeatedly. I think the author was going for a Stockholm Syndrome diagnosis–but I don’t buy it. Anthony has no redeeming qualities–oh wait, he’s philanthropic–seriously, that’s a tax write-off, don’t be fooled.
As I stated above, I have honestly tried to stay away from writing bad reviews because I don’t want to put that level of criticism in written form. This book was just so bad. Since I obviously couldn’t find anything, and I mean–anything, positive to say about this book I will say–kudos to the author for publishing a book, several in fact. Ok…that’s as good as it gets for me.
Note: I am fully aware that there are, unfortunately, women who are and stay in abusive relationships. Women who believe they deserve the unkind treatment that they endure day-after-day, who feel they have nowhere to go and no one to turn to and that is not only sad but frightening. No one deserves to be mistreated. In no way do I want to seem insensitive to the women who are in dangerous and abusive relationships. For those women, I pray, and I hope they will get help.
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