I know many of us have a busy life, myself included, so when I saw this easy 2017 book challenge, I realized it’s very realistic to accomplish within a year.


So the first category I checked off the list was “a book in a genre you usually avoid”.  That would be dark romances, dark books, stockholm syndrome, etc.


I get a lot of my book recommendations from since she lists so many of the new releases.  We don’t have the same taste in books (she prefers more angst and darker reads) but we both share a love of books that were well written.  I saw this in her list of favorite books she read in 2016 and that she rated it with 5 stars.  She wrote a full review but urged those who planned to read it, to not read any further and to go into it without knowing so much.  After having read this book, I agree with her.





“I watch.
I study.
I prowl.
I hunt.

I always go in with a plan. A set of rules for myself. I don’t take unnecessary risks. That’s how I’ve been able to evade capture all these years.

But there’s something about this girl that is different than the others. When I finally meet her, the rules become a blur. And I break the most important one of all–I take her with me.


It’s just my imagination–that feeling of being watched. That those icy eyes– a vivid turquoise with a distinct golden fleck–aren’t watching me.

It’s just stress. I am the person everyone relies on. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been feeling so content with my life lately. Why I dream those eyes belong to someone who can tear me away from all of my responsibilities.

But these are just shameful fantasies, never meant to breach reality.

Then one night, the dream comes true, only it’s a horrific nightmare.

Now, I only have one task: survival.

Trigger warning: If you need one, this is really not the book for you.”


It’s a dark read. Very dark. And has major triggers warnings if that’s an issue for you. It’s about a very damaged man/psychopath who enjoys breaking into houses and terrorizing the couple living there, changing their lives forever.  Early in, he becomes obsessed with a particular girl and ends up taking her captive.  This book has Stockholm Syndrome in the highest degree.  I was a little intimidated about reading it as it’s a genre I usually avoid but told myself I could stop reading and not finish the book if it gets to be too much. Having given myself permission to do that, I will say it sucked me in from the very beginning. And there are some really hard scenes to get through, but once I was sucked into this book, I couldn’t put it down.  One thing that I found interesting was that this book was written with a dual POV between the two main characters. It starts out with the psychopath’s POV.  You can see what goes through his mind, why he does what he does, and with flashbacks you find out what made him like he is.  The ending though is unexpected yet one I was happy with. (I love when authors surprise me with the endings) I give it 5 stars. If this is a genre you enjoy or one you want to try, knowing all the warnings, I highly recommend this.



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