I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.
I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.
They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.
Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.
What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?
(Originally posted on Goodreads, with minor edit)
Well, well, that was quite unexpected! Yes, yes, I read the blurb, but still...
Before I go any further, just fyi, there's a review on amazon that has a kinda' spoiler so stay away. Second, as it turns out, this is the new addition which has an additional 100 pages with a slightly different ending (just in case you happen to have a copy with a black background and a woman sitting on the floor in front of her laptop, that's all).
Now, on to the story. This is an interesting psychological thriller, I think, is the best way to put this. I personally dig this genre. Yes, there is an erotic touch to it which it needs just by virtue of Deanna's job and IMHO probably took some away from it being a really awesome thriller.
The 1st 30-ish% was all about laying out the groundwork, which I thought was on the long-ish side but once it picks up, it picks up. There were scenes that were a bit hard to swallow or not an easy read. Interestingly enough, with all that building up, I still wished some characters (like Jeremy, Mike, or Uncle Michael) were given more focus as it would have had a bigger impact on the overall feel of things. And closer to the end, things wrapped up a bit too quickly, I felt. But there were things I really enjoyed like some of the unexpected feel I got, from some funny or witty interactions to some of Deanna's inner thoughts esp near the end in a confrontation scene to some of the twists, and I would say the story line as a whole.
This is a first for me, reading about a character who's a cybersex operator, and has the condition that she has. In a way, her occupation couldn't have been a better fit to her condition. It was also fascinating to be immersed in the world of sex camming. Then with her condition, it could've been beyond twisted, but fortunately, it didn't go there. If it did, then this would've been a horror thriller, I'm thinking.
One thing for sure, Alessandra, regardless of what she writes, somehow always finds a way to throw me off, whether it's the shock value or the direction things go, but always in a good way, of course.
Lucky me, book 2, Do Not Disturb, will be out soon (April 2015), yay!