Not so Sweet

Cake Book Cover Cake
Mrs. Nicole Brooks
General Fiction (Adult) , Women's Fiction
Erid Press Inc.
(7 April 2019)

Would you give to someone who desperately needed it, that which you could live without?Keely is the epitome of a self-made woman, her ability to make the right choices her superpower. She doesn’t believe in looking back and has the drive, ambition, and financial means to create the exact life she wants to live—regardless of what her kids and her husband, Andrew, want or need. Michelle lives in stark contrast to Keely’s life. She believes she was doomed from the start with a heartbreaking, poverty-stricken childhood. A string of bad choices in adulthood only intensifies her lack of faith in herself. With her daughter safely away at college, she is left alone with her abusive husband, Ray. As the days drag on, she struggles to find a reason to continue. Until she meets Andrew. The two women’s worlds eventually collide, courtesy of their daughters, and both are forced to contemplate a time-worn question: is the comfort of a familiar self-constructed prison safer than the risk of trying to live a life of true freedom and potentially failing? Cake asks how much the world has really changed for women—and for which women—by evaluating the progress of modern feminism. This novel examines privilege, the haves and have-nots, the ideals we choose to embrace, and the facts we forcefully decide to not see. This story entices the reader to contemplate whether our material and emotional conditions arise from childhood environments, personal choice, systemic inequality, or a combination of them all.

I found the first half of the book rather slow but the second half improved as things began to come together in the storyline.

Keely is clearly a rather nasty self-obsessed character, but other than Michelle, for me, the rest of the cast of characters were too slight. I felt that Andrew was not complex enough for his role in the story.

I also got bored at the 80% mark and kipped to the last chapter as I wanted to end the book.

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Abuse and Death

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Echoes in Death

Eve Dallas #44

J. D. Robb

Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Police procedurals

Piatkus Books

June 27, 2017


New York at night. A young woman stumbles out on to a busy street - right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke. Her name is Daphne Strazza, and she has been brutally assaulted. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing. Her attacker wore a devil's mask.

As Eve investigates this shocking case, she soon discovers a disturbing pattern. Someone is preying on wealthy couples, subjecting them to a cruel and terrifying ordeal. Worse still, the attacks are escalating in violence and depraved theatricality. Eve and her team are now in a race against time to find the man behind the mask - before he strikes again. But for Eve, this case in particular has unsettling echoes of her own troubled past...

There was the OCD surgeon and his arm-candy wife – beaten, abused and raped – and that’s just by the husband…

Then along comes the Devil and does it all again but additionally kills the surgeon.

Eve struggles emotionally as this case reminds her of her own early life with her father. But her relationship with Roarke is now strong enough for her to steady and find the killer.

There is emotional writing as you learn of the abusive relationship of the surgeon and his young wife and a reminder that rape within marriage is far from OK, and that just because he provides, he doesn’t own and doesn’t get to terrify, abuse and harm. This helps the story life up above what has tended to become a bit formulaic.

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