Oh, this was good! It started dark, straight into an intense scene with the main character Ciarán. Emotionally in a bad place, his increasing abuse of physical pain makes the people around him who cares for him hurt as well. It's them, rather than Ciarán, that reaches their limits and now struggles with how to continue to help the young man. I won't spoil the storyline since it is a short story, but it moves from dark to light, not the other way round, which fits my reading preference perfectly.
There are a fair bit of trigger warnings in the beginning of the book, which made me a bit hesitant to pick this book up. But perhaps because I'm a mature reader, steeled by both real life and the many books I've read, I didn't find the story as heavy as expected. It's not a romance, and I don't see it fit the tag erotica either. Quite unexpectedly I found it filled with beauty. The beauty of true friends. The beauty of strangers unselfishly helping out. And most of all, the inner beauty a human soul only gains through difficult, sometimes traumatic life experiences.
The book may be dark themed, but it left me off in a good place. And in the process put a share of my money spent into a good cause. And I wholeheartedly look forward to read the future instalments without any of my previous hesitation at all!
(review of free book)