Friday, June 19, 2015

Lies And Truth: Book 1 in the Truth Series by Elaine May

When Isla Holmes life as a child is turned upside down and she is ripped away from her soul mate, she is forced to live a life with evil. 

When Isla and her soul mate cross paths will they find a happy ever after or will evil intervene?

Isla has grown up with an ideal childhood, but a horrible accident rips it all away.  From that day forward, she's forced to live as the property of men who are pure evil.  Now an adult, she's crossed paths with her childhood.  Will she survive long enough to find at least a glimpse of happiness and freedom?

This book is intended for adults only.  Most of the content is graphic violence and sex.  The scenes are pertinent to the story and well-drawn.  However, those who are easily offended or queasy may have difficulty.

May is a great storyteller.  She has great flow and gripping scenes.  I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn't wait to pick it back up.  I found myself both entertained and shocked.  

Over all, I enjoyed the characters.  All of them have great depth and feel real.  Instead of just wooden people shoved in a slot, each one has a personality that's easy to understand.  Some of them you'll love to hate and some you'll cheer on.  Some of them you just want to hug and others you want to take a hatchet to.

I could have easily gone without the sex and violence, but I realize it's importance to the story.  What this poor little girl survived is just horrifying.  Well, I say survived, but honestly I don't know yet if she does.  

I did find one fatal flaw and it's still bothering me.  I'll tread carefully here so as not to give any spoilers.  Isla, the main character, has basically been kidnapped and tortured in every possible way you can imagine (and in great detail!).   However, even knowing what her captors are capable of, she just tosses aside the notion that they could harm her when she makes them unhappy.  She's terrified of them.  Horrified motionless at the thought of what they'll do to her, and then all of a sudden it's 'Meh.  They're not here.  No biggie.'  What?!  I get the importance of the scene I'm discussing, but it could have been handled in a much better manner than by taking any possibility I had of liking the main character and pulverizing it because of her sheer stupidity and the fact that she is all of a sudden a completely different character than she has been.  See?  I'm so upset I'm typing run-on sentences!  *sigh*

Alright, now that you know this flaw is there, you can ignore it and it won't bother you.  It really is a great read.  I was completely lost in the world May has created and I could vividly imagine every scene.  Some of them I wish I hadn't, but some of them were breathtakingly beautiful.  Those who enjoy dark books with lots of violence and sex should really enjoy this one.  The ending leaves you with a giant cliffhanger, but thankfully the next book is already available so you can just jump right into it as soon as finishing the first.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Shawn

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