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Laura Susan Johnson
on June 29, 2013 :
Wow...just finished this and I'm still reeling. I will write a review as soon as I've recovered some :)
Well it's about a month later now. Lotus is still on my mind. I can't wait to read the sequel "Take It To The Limit". The main protag/antagonist is a formidable young woman whose method of madness makes her comparable to such lethal real-life female killers as Aileen Wuornos, Bonnie Parker, and to such fictional creations as Gretchen Lowell (Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain).
"Baby Driver" deftly examines deeply into the psyche of a child who is tossed haphazardly and then lost tragically in the system. The accuracy in which Lotus describes her "feelings" about death is CHILLING!
Villain? Anti-Hero? Whatever she is, Lotus Ogden is like a perfect storm of rage and pain, but she's also disturbingly human.
And as I love first person narrations no matter what they're about, I couldn't recommend this highly enough for its storytelling skill :)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 09, 2013 :
This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.
Disclosure: I was given my copy of the next book by the author as a review copy. Part 2 of this story is Once Upon A Set of Wheels. Part 2: Take It To The Limit, also available from SmashWords.com.
A story about abuse, and how it hard it can be to make people realize how difficult it can to live with.
This is the story of an abandoned baby, who grows up in a world of abuse. Yes, there are some who try to help this child, who want to stop the abuse. No, good intentions do not always have the desired outcome. This is a story that needs to be told, and needs to be read, but is not the easiest story to read. It is told in the first person, and will stir your emotions up.
I really like the first person narative of this story. As difficult as it may be to read at times, due to the nature of the abuse and the individual it is heaped upon, it is a very emotional story. It is also the story of survival of a child, and how that child survived in a world of hate and abuse and love. As written, there were times when I was so involved in the story of Lotus Ogden, I forgot it was fiction.
I can easily recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good crime thriller. It is very well written, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. L.M. Steel has done a great job with the first person presentation, and makes the reader think they are following the child for several years as they grow up. I have already obtained part 2 of this story. I have to know what happened in the life of Lotus as a teenager.
I would recommend those young readers under 17 follow their parents advice with this book. It can be very emotional, even for more mature adults. Some aspects of this story will make all readers squirm slightly, but overall, the story will delight those old enough to understand the differences between really good fiction and reality.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 11, 2012 :
Absolutely gripping, I couldn't put it down.I am now quickly starting the second half as i find myself invested in the character of Lotus, still trying to decide if she's good or bad.
I enjoy crime novels, and this is defintely one with a difference. I would highly reccomend this to anyone who wants to reada crime novel with a twist.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)