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Well, I have been disturbed recently by the gradual infusion of BDSM into popular culture, culminating in the chart-rogering 50 Shades of Grey, and the song by Rihanna called S&M ("pain is my pleasure… chains and whips excite me") which was No 1 in various countries, enjoyed by millions of teenyboppers. Reviews of 50 Shades and co-incidentally or not Story of O have been popping up all over Goodreads lately. BDSM has gone mainstream.
So, I have read quite a lot of dark and twisted books...
But I think this is by far the most twisted, messed up book I've EVER read. It managed to shock and surprise and horrify me all at the same time.
The story basically comes down to this:
Nora is a journalist who's younger sister Franny was brutally murdered almost a year ago. The police never found evidence as to who might have been her killer and now Nora has decided to take matters into her own hands. After reading Franny's journal Nora f
This isn't "Fifty Shades of Grey" ladies...
This was the most twisted and vile book I've ever read in my entire life! Although the subject matter was an abomination, I cannot and will not give it a low rating, I don't know who this author is, what her internal dialogue was while writing this book. Where she got the material for her book is a very disturbing thought! But I will say this, th ...more
Still, I don't regret reading it...but this is not a book I would recommend to 90% of readers. Maybe to fellow dark readers and my enemies ;)
Oh hey friend! If you recommended this to me, here you go:
*The book (duh, obviously)
*Dictionary: exorable,tropism,ersatz,tessellated ,crepuscular claustrophobia..WTF? (this is way above my grade level)
*patience (the author tends to overkill EVERYTHING)
*A strong heart (honestly, this book is NOT for the faint of heart)
*A bottle of your favorite alcoholic beverage(trust me on this one)
*Pepto (Costco size)
*Sleeping pills (extra strength)....J/k.
*****Okay you are now ready to enter the twilight zone****
WHAT THE F ...more
I would like to point out, Ms. Reese possesses an excellent writing style. She also wrote a very good mystery ...more
Hi, Reggie, I normally love Paul Bryant's reviews, but his review of "Topping from Below" has me perplexed.
Does he take the novel too seriously or not seriously enough?
Thanks for your question, Ian.
Paul is one of my favourite reviewers on GR, too.
However, when he takes the side of feminism in his reviews, he allows his normally astute views to be whipped into a frenzy (see "American Psycho").
Two passa ...more
Topping From Below is a twisted tale of sex, lies, and suspense but all done in a manner to find justice and retaliation. It's written intricately well. Your always second guessing your theories and assumptions until the bitter end. Just when you think you have things figured out, it smacks you right in the face with new revelations.
The story is told in Nora's point of view but also through tidbits of information through her sister's diary ( ...more
At first I really enjoyed the female POV, and found the mystery intriguing. I chalked up the judgmental tone to her inexperience with the BDSM lifestyle. However, as the story progressed and the play became more and more extreme even crossing the line into bestiality and child porn, it became clear that the BDSM lifestyle was purposefully being misrepresent as corrupted and evil.
(view spoiler)[Then the toward the end when it's reveal ...more
This book ticked all boxes for me it was a crime mystery..raunchy..as well it had extreme BDSM an epic whodunit?
and I have walked away with more questions than answers (even though the book does tell you own done it)
<<<<<----the look on my face after this book.
even though I quite like the idea of a bdsm lifestyle and I have read quite a few books and visited quite a few websites on the subject (I do not live the lifestyle), but based on my know ...more
I'm going to have to think about this one for a bit... Holy hell!
Review to come...
I stumbled across Reese truly by accident. Amazon.com has some very nice features, and one of them is links to books that their computer program calculates you might be interested in based on previous purchases and queries. Reese's name popped up under mysteries, so I poked arou ...more
Intimacy Level: HARDCORE BDSM
OK, I'm always open to things when reading my romance and erotica books. I've read disturbing and dark erotica, but this one, took it to another level. I really don't have much to say on this book. Franny has always been a loner, until she met Michael aka M. M took his time to introduce Franny to his style of sex and intimacy. But after months of being together, Franny is found dead. Enters her sister Nora, who wants to find her killer, and af ...more
I don't like walking away from books. A story left unfinished nags at the r ...more
I enjoyed the book, especially the beginning + middle. Also, learning and understanding the complexity of Franny's inner demons added depth to the novel.
However, it got a tad too melodramatic towards the end.
In my opinion, the writer got carried away with trying to develop twists (banal twists to make it worse)to keep us engaged, resulting in a conclusion that was over-the-top and corny.
Looking back, I suppose ...more
scarification, mummification, cutting, the verbal and physical degradation that was nothing... the beastiality... in horrifying detail... SICK!!! I really wanted to root for the sister who claimed she was trying to avenge her sis's death when law enforcement seemed to drop the ball ... but the brutalizing, torturous death was at the hands of a sado-masachist how you can do a 360 & willingly participate on the premise of learning from him directly what he did ...more
This story had so many twists and turns and while reading I actually believed in the killers innocence. I even found myself rooting for his HEA. I also have to add that this book is very very deep and t ...more
After finishing this I feel the desperate urge for a hug… or to forcefully hold my cat and rock back and forth. What a
Nora Tibbs, a journalist living in bustling California, is devastated by her little sister’s murder. Francis “Franny” Tibbs leaves behind a diary detailing a secret S&M affair she had with a music professor. Deplorable and dehumanizing acts were committed against her and Nora is sure that the Master whom Fran ...more
Disclaimer: The reason I rated this so highly is because the author wrote the story in such a way that I couldn't put it down, even when I wanted to. There were some very disturbing things in this book--I wanted to look away but something kept me reading even when I cringed and felt sick. There's something to be said for a writer who can do that.
I would never hand Topping from Below to a vanilla person who knew nothing of BDSM, as this book paints the lifestyle in a horrif ...more