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I am an attorney, wife and mother from Long Island, New York. I've always been passionate about reading and writing. It has been my life-long dream to write a novel. Recently I stopped making excuses and finally got started. Writing a few paragraphs a day (if that!), I finally completed my first novel, "Mother," last year. It has been an amazing, fulfilling experience.
I have just completed the final book in my "Hillary" horror trilogy. Contrary to "Mother," the "Hillary" series is quite sick, twisted and disturbing. "Hillary: Retribution" will be available on Halloween for those of you who have become curious about my little friend (or do I mean, fiend!) Hillary. I don't know whether I'm happy or sad about no longer having to write about her, but I'm definitely looking forward to my next project!
If you ever give my books a try, I would love to receive your comments, suggestions and/or critique.
Happy reading (and writing)!
on July 19, 2014 :
That disclaimer is not there for decoration, people! HILLARY: TAIL OF THE DOG contains, among other things, rape, (very graphic) torture, cannibalism, and sexual abuse.
I would definitely label the book as "torture porn", not just because of the mixture of torture and sex in the latter half of the book, but also because of the fact that the torture is written with the purpose for entertainment. (Torture porn doesn't necessarily mean that the book is porn with torture; it means that the torture is gratuitous, and written to titillate or shock.)
The book starts out with a girl named Hillary tied up to a cot in a strange room. She doesn't remember anything about her past, only that she has terrible nightmares - and that the doctor who is taking care of her has questionable professionalism (gloves? who needs 'em? and so what if you enjoy inserting your patient's catheter just a little *too* much).
Dr. Dumbass and his wife clearly take lessons from Nurse Ratched in their bedside manner. At first I felt sorry for Hillary but she proved what a psycho she could be early on in the book, and I didn't trust her. I kind of stopped feeling sorry for her, too, although I've been told that the second book will make me feel differently. At least, in the first half. The second half will make me want to puke.
What a fun rollercoaster ride of fuckery that will turn out to be!
I'll be honest (well, aren't I always?) Reading HILLARY was not fun for me. I'm kind of a horror-phobe. I've never seen SAW, or any of those other new horror movies, and I don't like violent video games. However, a lot of my friends were reading this book and the author seemed nice and the book was free, and I thought I'd give it a try.
The first half of the book is, with the exception of one horrible scene, diet-WTF. I was confused, and annoyed with Hillary and Dr. Dumbass & co. Then, halfway through the book, things get NASTY. (Incidentally, my mom got me a hamburger for dinner. Um, no spoilers or anything, but while reading this book, I suggest becoming a vegetarian for the day.) Like, if Patrick Bateman from American Psycho was Jigsaw, and happened to live on Shutter Island with a whole bunch of live-in victims.
There are a number of errors I noticed while reading this book, by the way. For example, dialogue tags that are misplaced (one character is talking, but the dialogue tags make it look like there are two or three people in the convo), typos (Bellefluer instead of Bellefleur, etc.), and awkward sentence structure. Sometimes the word "yelled" or "screamed" would appear five or six times per page.
I received all three books in the author's trilogy during a promotion. I'll probably read books 2 and 3 eventually, but first I think I could use a break.
1 to 1.5 stars.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)