TORTURE TO HER SOUL (Monster in His Eyes #2) by J.M DARHOWER

 

FIVE INTRIGUING STARS

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

Don’t even attempt to read this book without having read Monster in His Eyes first which I would like to add, is an absolutely marvellous thriller full of twists and turns and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Not only did the cliffy leave me aghast, but the anticipation I also had for the release date of this follow up has literally been a long waiting game and believe you me, it was worth it!

I just love the author’s style of writing! And at one point, if I hadn’t known that the writer is female, one would have thought that this book has been written by a male author. How on earth she has the ability to think like a man is quite uncanny. The whole book is written from Ignazio Vitale’s point of view except for a bonus scene at the end of the story. His internal battle to do what is right, even though it is wrong, pulls him to shreds. Naz shouldn’t have fallen in love with Karissa. He knows that their relationship is a live wire waiting to detonate at any time. The question is— will he be ready when it does?

‘We each hold nuclear weapons inside of us, our fingers always hovering over the buttons for detonation.’

Banter abounds throughout the book. It is written in such a way that it felt like I was a fly on the wall listening to Karissa complain to Naz about him repeating what she says. In a nut shell, the dialogue is fan-freakin’-tastic!

She groans loudly. “Can you not do that right now?”
“Can I not do what?” “That! Repeating everything I say in that tone you use.”
“Repeating everything,” I say, “in the tone I use?” “Naz!”

Naz has never questioned who he is convinced, is his saviour, Ray. But Ray is a sly selfish SOB, and has no thought for Naz’s personal feelings. Honour and trust issues will be put to the test when Ray discovers that someone has betrayed the organisation; however, there is much much more to this suspense story riddled with intrigue than meets the eye. Now Naz has to make a choice. Is he prepared to acquiesce to his and the only person he cares for fate? Because an unhanded ultimatum which could change their lives forever will undoubtedly destroy the only ray of hope he has in a dark world of deceit and death.

‘Because failing Ray’s test doesn’t mean bad marks. It means certain death.

This read is explosive and once again, had me on tenterhooks. I just adored the two protagonists’ personality traits, hated the secondary character, Ray, and his girlfriend, well, she has a façade that I wasn’t ready for. I really liked Naz’s dad who had cut off his relationship with his son years ago. He does something so unexpected for Naz that it had me sobbing my heart out towards the end of the story.

“But that doesn’t mean you should give up on them that you should write them off. Because nobody is hopeless as long as they’re breathing.”

Gritty, erotic, and extremely titillating! Yeah, Naz might be a man set in his ways, but boy oh boy, does he know how to draw his lady out in the bedroom! You certainly won’t be let down by this man of few words because when he does have something to say, he makes sure he’s heard. And Karissa! Is this patient and beautiful soul old beyond her years, in love with her possible executioner? You will only find out by reading this highly recommended book which is faultlessly plotted out. The grammar and editing is excellent and all I want to say to the author is…Bravo!

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