The second book did not get attention from me because it was a total sequel to the first book. Not saying it doesn’t stand up to my expectations, since it too is just as amazing as the first- the third one is one of my favorites in the series which is why I have chosen to recomend it to you guys!
As we all know, winter is on it’s way (here at least) and what better way to spend those cold nights than curled up on the couch (or bed as I prefer) with an awesome book. I promise, no glittery vampires or teenage wolves or pregnant teens – just a good story, characters you can connect to and a believable psychopath you may en up dreaming about.
Here’s my review:
If you have yet to start the “Freedom from Conscience” novels my advice is go ahead and start with this one. You won’t be sorry…and I guarantee you will want to get the first two in the series afterwards.
The novel starts out with Melanie Lindberg, a young woman with education, successful career and loving family. She has embarked on a new life…one that no longer involves the violence which surrounded her earlier in life. Oh, did I mention she had been a vigilante serial killer? Okay, that was in her past…now she is a suburban wife, mother and…well, let’s just say she defines family in her own terms. So at first life is good…her husband, her children and her lover are everything she could have dreamed for. Yet you know the saying, “All good things come to an end.”
Melanie is kidnapped and taken from her life by a handsome, older man who cannot be described as either kind or evil. To some Vincent comes across as a total psychopathic maniac you wouldn’t want to ever meet even in your worst nightmare. Yet to others he may come across as a liberator, a man committed to unleashing Melanie’s potential which he sees her squandering in what he feels is mediocrity.
After putting Melanie through what could be described as an initiation into the depths of Hell she is left broken, and almost defenseless against his overpowering personality. Will she ever be able to escape? And then enters Vincent’s wife Bethany, who becomes the ultimate motherly archetype, something giving her love she never had from her own mother. At this point you are convinced she never will want to return to her previous life. And as a reader, despite Vincent’s distain for human beings outside this new family unit, you may begin to hope she does form a new life with these people.
Yet the harmony eventually begins to break down. Vincent has no idea who Melanie really is, or what she used to be, and as he tries to make her into a version of himself you see a clash of wills that will keep you glued to the story. Melanie, while quite capable of unspeakable violence, is deep down someone who refuses to hurt the innocent. I won’t tell you how it finally turns out, but I will tell you that if you enjoy reading something different this you will love. I could read this several times over because the author has a unique way of hypnotically weaving meanings into the story, layering, that allows you to discover deeper elements of the story.
Finally I love nature. I love the sound of rain on the rooftop in the middle of the night. The author describes not only our characters very well but as you read you feel like you can feel what Melanie experiences, as well as close your eyes and both see and feel the places she explores in the deserts, forests and mountains in remote corners of Oregon and Montana. The author knows how to capture your attention and absorb you into Melanie’s world and life. The book weaves the elements of tragedy and hope in such a way you won’t be able to put it down.