An exciting, intellectually stimulating science-fiction thriller Burgauer has again delivered a genuine page-turner!
Meg was abducted. For four days she had nothing to keep herself sane, until she promised to be obedient. In return, she received a diary, not knowing which terrors she would be writing down soon. Because Meg has been taken to this unknown place for one purpose only: to support her abductors in 'socializing' one of their subjects.
Ten, as they call him, seems to be far more than a primitive beast, fighting battles of his very own. Meg soon realizes that she is the only one able to tame him. And that, apparently, is the sole reason she is more or less treated as a human being. As Ten's humanity resurfaces Meg has to accept the truth that the real beasts aren't behind bars.
Bold and wholly immersive, it wouldn’t be disingenuous to say that The Beast And Me is a tale that's highly derivative of Beauty and The Beast in its overall conception, but readers will certainly appreciate the level of originality to be found in its details. Tantalizingly erotic, far too many dark fantasy novels get off to a nice start before becoming entangled in convoluted and invariably uninteresting plot machinations, but here Wrights achieves an exquisite level of tension and intrique from the start as she invites us to descend into Meghan's harrowing new world. Through Meghan and Ten we get a real sense of the desperation, hostility and despair which is conveyed through the act of sex and whilst there are times when Wrights prose can be particularly harrowing to read they are largely unalloyed by the clichéd tropes of the genre which brings a genuine sense of depth to her story. This is further enhanced by Wrights delivery. Read as a diary she avoids any sense of pretence to create vacuous vignettes of reflections that burst into life and really bring her characters into focus, but more importantly she creates the foundations for a powerful new series.
A clever noir fantasy with the power to seduce, The Beast And Me proves a welcome addition to the genre and is sure to garner much interest in future releases from D S Wrights. It is highly recommended.
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