Holy mother of god this book is some kind of messed up! Like, whoa! But it's the kind of disturbing that is really wonderfully brilliant when you turn the last page, sit back and really think about it. It's a story that will make your skin crawl, an ending that made me want to pee myself, and a memorable quality that makes it all unforgettable.
Jamie comes off as someone who is mentally unstable from the very start. Understandably so after learning the tragedy that is his childhood. An...more
...was pretty much what I felt upon finishing this book.
...was pretty much what I said upon finishing this book.
I first encountered Stephanie Kuehn's work last year with her Charm & Strange, a mystery/psychological heart-rending book that somehow turned my world upside down while reading it. It was a story that was full of pain and anger and sadness, a story that moved me beyond tears. Aside from that, it was also a WTF book. It made me scream internally, my mind...more
Where do I start, I want this be a spoiler-free review! Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn, is the kind of dark read I would have loved during my teenage years! My head would've been clean and clear of all other mind bending reads and I wouldn't have been jaded by all the completely dark stuff I have read. Don't get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed this book, there was a dark and deep sense of foreboding the entire time I read it!
Jamie, is in high school and apart from having to deal with the general iss...more
Jamie has just found out that his older sister has been released from juvie... and now he can't feel his hands. 2 years ago, Cate went away for starting a fire, but now she's out and apparently she wants Jamie to know some things. Like what really happened when their real mother died... and other things that Jamie can't remember.
Jamie and Cate were adopted by a couple after their mom was shot and killed. Cate was outgoing and fun, Jamie had tons of problems. Through...more
Another mindfuck, Kuehn?! Yes, please!
But I have to say that there were things I didn't like about the narrative and places where I think it could've added just a bit more to give it that extra punch for the aim it was g...more
Disclaimer : If you have not yet read the blurb for this book, DO NOT READ IT - It gives away way, WAY too much information. (But if you are of the kind that believes that it's the journey and not the destination, then go right ahead).
If you've already read the blurb then the mindfuck factor of this book lessens considerably, but the ending will still make you gasp and say "What?! What?!" for about 10 minutes straight.
Recommended for those who like works by Gillian Flynn.
I really don't know what to say. I guess I was expecting a mindfuck, and it was a pretty good one in retrospect, but the execution... left something to be desired. God, it's so hard talking about it without giving away anything. Let's just say there must be 50 pages missing from the end because that can't be all.
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LOVED it. Definitely some similarities to Charm and Strange -- narrated by a teenage boy who has some issues, plus an overall creepy vibe. But Stephanie Kuehn is officially on my auto-buy list :)
And I agree with what others have said: better not to read that blurb before going in. The less you know, the better.
If you read Stephanie Kuehn's debut novel, Charm and Strange, you know that she's a talented writer who is a master at creating a creepy and suspensef...more
It's always those psychological thriller books that have me thinking by the end: What did I just read? Did I even understand what I read? Is my brain comprehending this?? (clearly not.)
For real though, Complicit blew my mind. It's a short and exciting read, one that begs to have its pages flipped quickly. The premise is creepy and unlike anything I've ever read--more importantly, it's told from the perspective of a teenage boy. This is the first that I've read from Stephanie Kuehn, but it...more
Complicit was a mind boggling book that was not only gripping, but also a heartbreaking and amazingly executed novel. I imagine that the less you know of the story, the more you will love it and find it hopefully intriguing. So, I will try to keep that in mind while I review Kuehn's masterpiece.
Jamie Henry has had a tough life. This doesn't mean that he's had a few ups and downs, but that he lived in a horribl...more
Mannnnnnn, this book was good, but there were a few things that really stuck out that I didn't like. For one... I REALLY wish the blurb didn't spoil it for us. Like, because I knew that Jamie was crazy, I was just watching for it. Partially that was fun, but it really took the gut-punch out of the gut-punch.
So Jamie is this really smart, affluent kid who gets amazing grades,...more
Him piecing their past together, it's almost boring; but him piecing his reality together? Fascinating... even to that last moment when I was left gobsmacked about what had just/finally taken place. Because as he so eloquently put it himself, ' Percept...more
This was a break from my usual fare. I read the blurb, found it interesting and decided to "request." I am so glad I did. This book is told strictly from the viewpoint of Jamie/Jim/Jimmy. We know from the blurb that his sister, Cate, has been in Juvenile Detention for some horrible crimes. She's now released and she is coming for Jamie.
The writing in this story pulled me in quickly and the urge to seek the truth about Cat...more
Complicit is exactly the kind of book I like to read, but have so much trouble finding. At the same time it is exactly the kind of book that I hate reviewing. Full of twists, turns and unreliable characters, this novel keeps you guessing until the very end and leaves you with a conclusion that will have your jaw on the floor.
Jamie Henry is 16 years old and he doesn’t know much about his past. He knows that he was adopted at a young age and that he was very lucky to have gotte...more
This book is all about the ending!!! The ending was gloriously disturbing! It was chilling! It was awesome! As for the mind-F leading up to it…hmm…my brain may or may not have some repressing to do. Because while there are handfuls of tension and a HUGE mystery to be solved, this is one of those books where everything is an obvious means to the The End…from the opening chapter to the big reveal, it all feels a bit tedious. It hooked me, yes, but not always with a scene by scene sense of...more
Jamie and Cate Henry have had a disturbing past. Their mom was shot in front of both of them. They were living a life of poverty, then were put into foster care. They were very lucky to both be adopted by a couple who had lost their two children in an accident.
So, yes, the first issue is that these are "replacement" kids for the Henrys, and some issues surely c...more
OKAY...OKAY...WTF KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT????!!!! AGAIN I PROTEST THIS FRAUD!
But seriously though even though my own theory about what really went down in Jamie's dark past that he forgot about the details due to the trauma of it, was proven right towards the end, that last chapter though was just all sorts of mind f*ckery...in a good way. I don't usually go for this kind of genre but this came highly recommended and it got great feedbacks so far from oth...more
You know exactly what the truth is pretty early on because, you know, you KNOW. But the thing is, the story's brilliant about how it gets there.
Longer review to come. I loved Charm & Strange and its exploration of mental illness. I love Complicit even more...for the experience of mental illness.
Full review here: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2014/06/c...
Our MC, Jamie, lives with his adoptive parents and has a condition where his hands freeze up - some kind of psychosomatic nerve reaction from a past trauma. He has a sister, Cate, who just finished doing time in a juvenile detention centre fo...more
Upon turning the final page, I had lost all hope in humanity. Kuehn has mastered the Flynn-esque ending that essentially personifies dread, and it is what ultimately save the novel. The first hundred pages were so-so for me, as I was thrust into the world of our protagonist, Jamie, and not quite enthralled the whole time. But, as I hoped it would, the tension and terror built as the novel raced toward its explosiv...more
Sixteen year old Jamie Henry and his older sister Cate were adopted into a wealthy family as young children. They're constantly reminded how lucky they w...more
Passions of mine include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. I currently live in Northern California with my family and our wild menagerie of pets. CHARM & STRANGE and COMPLICIT are out n...more