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The Schwarzschild Radius

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student, descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared.

After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crime Fans, Thriller Fans, Horror Fans
This book was a really good surprise package, it was far better than I thought it would be and took me to places I did not imagine in a million years. Very much a book that is a page turner and enjoyable yet disturbing all at the same time. I was not bored for a moment and was eager to get more of the story.

This book touches on the sheer evil in the human heart, I am a hard core crime/serial killer and horror reader and used to some distressing scenes and images but some in here? Literally made
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my.

What can I write in my review that's not already been said.

HUGE, big, ENORMOUS, Gigantic story.

I have to say I read a lot of it peeping through my fingers. The deaths were not good.

I just find it hard to explain what I have just read, its good, really good, but its stomach churning in places, so if you are easily put off.....

I text my book buddy after I read this, she had read it previously.

This is one unique read, I've not read one like this before, ever. Its dark, dingy, its captivatin
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

3.5 stars, veering towards a 4.

Very graphic in parts, and not shying away from dealing with the darkest recesses of the human soul. This might turn off some people, so if depictions of child pornography rings, sex slaves and peep-show practices are something a reader doesn't want to read about, then better not pick up this novel. Personally, I found it fascinating in a trainwreck way: you can't help but watch, even though it'
Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"When a star about two or three times the size of our sun dies, it collapses until the entire mass of the star is concentrated at one point -- a singularity -- a black hole. As it's collapsing, it becomes denser and its gravitational attraction increases until nothing can escape its surface. In the case of the Earth, the escape velocity is seventeen-thousand miles an hour. But when the gravitational attracti
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, dark
I read lots and I get a lot of books to review. This is not my normal kind of read so it's a pure fluke that I signed up to review it. This book took me a few days to read. Longer than it normally takes I felt I needed a breather as this is no light read.

This book seriously pulled me apart and played with my emotions. It's a real eye opener. With my heart thumping and beating fast this is a gripping read from start to finish.

This is the raw and gritty story of Rachel who goes in search for her
Brendan  Muller
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature readers
Recommended to Brendan by: NetGalley
(I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

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The Schwarzschild Radius is a really amazing book with a gripping and terrifying plot that I knew from the get go was not going to be all glitter and roses, let’s face it there was no glitter and roses in this at all. From the opening scene in this book you will know what the tone of the book is going to be and it is not a pretty one o
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewed
In his second novel, The Schwarzschild Radius, Gustavo Florentin drags us at breakneck pace into the seedy underworld of paedophilia, prostitution and snuff films.

Olivia Wallen, an over-achieving 16 year old with Harvard in her sights, is in the hands of the "Webmaster", the latest object in his "eBay of agony". Her naked image is broadcast to bidders across the world who will determine which depraved tortures she will be subjected to, and then how she will die.

Rachel Wallen is 18 yrs old, a bri
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Schwarzschild Radius is not only a chilling and realistic portrayal of child prostitution, pedophilia, and sadism but also a wonderful illustration of the intrinsic power of familial bonds.

Rachel Wallen is 18 years old and starting her freshman year at Columbia University in New York when her 16-year-old adopted sister, Olivia, mysteriously disappears. Rachel disguises herself as an underage runaway and visits Transcendence House, a shelter for runaways in downtown Manhattan, where her siste
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review



I can’t even describe the intensity of this book and how thoroughly I enjoyed reading it. The Schwarzschild Radius is a story of survival, perseverance, depravity and compassion.

Rachel is an 18 year old brilliant student at Columbia University whose life is turned upside down when her adopted sister Olivia mysteriously disappears. Frustrated with slow-moving and failed police efforts Rachel takes it upon herself to investi
Beena Khan
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The Schwarzschild Radius is a gripping novel, and I did like it for the most part. It is a dark and twisted novel, but it's not as extreme although it does deal with sensitive topics such as, strippers, prostitution, and sex trafficking. I've read more graphic novels in the past, so this was pretty okay.

Rachel loves her sister Olivia; she's quite dear to her heart. Olivia disappears without any trace, and no one's aware of her whereabouts. Rachel decides to take things upon her own hands to sea
Kathy Wideman
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: danger
In this book Rachel’s sister Olivia goes missing. She is determined to figure out what happened to her. She copies her sister’s hard drive and starts looking at all her sister’s emails and instant messages. She pretends to be a run away and goes to the shelter were her sister used to volunteer to see if she could find anything out there. She then looks for a girl that her sister was linked to by one of the other volunteers. She finds out this girl works at a peep show place. Rachel gets a job th ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Gustavo Florentin's brilliant thriller, The Schwarzschild Radius, he takes plot twists to a new level, along with original use of computer hacking to advance the story. Using the New York city abandoned subway tunnels as a setting is as original as it is terrifying.The writing is superb and spare, at times transcending the thriller genre. As the barefoot Rachel is escaping her captor through the catacombs of New York, the author writes, "Rachel understood now why POWs and discalced nuns had t ...more
I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don't read a lot of thrillers but the description on Netgalley piqued my interest so I decided to give this book a shot. I can say that it was gripping from cover to cover. Rachel is an 18 year old getting ready to start at Columbia University when her sister goes missing. Faced with the helplessness that all missing persons' families feel, Rachel believes that she can do more to find Olivia.
Darra Hulsart
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Schwarzschild Radius is shocking, raw and riveting. I was awestruck with the story line. I cannot believe this could possibly happen. However I know this is a possibility it may be based off true events. My heartbeat was going a million miles an hour.

The plot was fantastic. The book was well written and gives the details needed to make it so you know all the characters. I don't know if I can explain all of what happens. There are many stories in one that all come together in the end.

There a
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Caution: THE SCHWARZSCHILD RADIUS pulls very few punches! It is down-and-dirty, gritty, explicit, dealing with some of the very worst dregs of inhuman humanity. If you're faint of heart or weak of stomach, grossly disturbed by human trafficking, sexual slavery, pedophilia, and torture porn (and murder), you will find this book.tremendously disturbing. On the other hand, it is excellently written and ingeniously plotted. The character delineatio
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an exciting and suspenseful book that is also very educational about two most ancient and persistent evils - child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Mr. Florentin's novel has very well developed characters, despite their youth (late adolescence). The dialogue moves smoothly, and the plotting is thrilling enough to be a true page turner. And the bad guys are really nasty. Very good.

The most important point of this book is about the sexual exploitation of children (teenagers in th
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a mind tingling thriller!! It completely had me at the edge of my seat from the very first page. This book is very well written and could easily be turned into a movie. The authors writing style is very descriptive, with great imagery, that really makes the scenery and characters come to life. The storyline is very well thought out and develops into a great climactic finish. I don't like to give away story lines as I would never want to ruin a good read for another reader. But if you like t ...more
Robyn Koshel
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
September 24, 2014
I was blown away by this book. Not only was it the most unique story I've read all year but because it blends so many genres together perfectly. Superbly written, The Schwarzchild radius is a non-stop thriller with a supernatural edge. Fast paced and very exciting from cover to cover. If you are looking for a story that is a little different and will hook you on page one, then look no further. I highly recommend
James Poter
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really, great story. If you like to read a thriller story, this book is for you. That is incredible, thrilling and suspenseful story of Gustavo Florentin. This book starts about two most ancient and persistent evils which do with child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. There are many interesting characters in this book. Rachel is an 18 year old brilliant student and Rachel is the main character. “The Schwarzschild Radius” is a very enjoyable book. I love to read this book.
Anne Walters
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written story which delves into the difficult themes involving child prostitution, sadism and it is a complex portrayal of sometimes disturbing subjects. The characters are intriguing and the book evoked emotions and is very thrilling from start to finish. Definitely better than I expected, it was an unforgettable journey and I am glad I found this book. Highly recommended.
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for granting me a copy of this e-book to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

Goodreads Blurb:
"Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student, descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared.

After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel d
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Review first publiushed on Carole Finds Her Wings as part of The Schwarzschild Radius Review Tour.

You can tell straight from the blurb that The Schwarzschild Radius isn’t going to be a rollercoaster of laughs but it is certainly a rollercoaster. Not one for the faint of heart, either.

The very first chapter sets the scene in a way that clearly lets you know that Olivia is in big trouble and not the sort that is easily solved. The Webmaster is cool, collected and utterly merciless as he displays O
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Schwarzchild Radius by Gustavo Florentin is a 2014 Curiosity Quills publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea what this book would be like when I started reading it. So, I was totally taken by surprise by this book.

Rachel's adoptive sister Olivia has gone missing. When Rachel discovers what has happened to her, she sets out to find her, which means working undercover on the fringes of the sex trade and putting herself in incredible dange
Jason Schneeberger
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from Curiosity Quills Publishing for an honest review.

Racheal is an eighteen year old with a bright future ahead of her. Her younger, adopted sister Olivia has been kidnapped after taking to a life of stripping and prostitution. Her kidnappers run what is dubbed as a "eBay of agony" where wealthy clients from all of the world bid on ways to maim, torture and kill the victims (basically, think Eli Roth's HOSTEL.) When the cops keep coming up empty handed on Olivia's whereabo
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Predator Who Sells Live Deaths

This book is not something to read late at night or before bed unless you want nightmares. It is dark and twisted and very realistic. The darker sides of the human condition are explored with intricate detail leaving nothing to the imagination. A true thriller horror story if I have ever read one... But with real life monsters instead of mutants or supernatural ones. I really enjoyed it but I will definitely be reading light and fluffy for a while to get over this
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I should have expected it, but this book was much darker than I originally thought. That’s possibly due to the fact that was an awful lot of abuse going on that was involving underage characters…

I liked the family aspect of this book and that Rachel was trying to find her sister. I was a bit confused about why Olivia was doing all of the things she did, though. I felt the author didn’t go into enoug
Twin Opinions
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a hard book for me to review. I love this. Like really, really love this. For me this is a book that hits all of the murder/mystery high points and then some. This book goes above and beyond that. It goes into some major darkness in the human world. It would be any girls worst nightmare. I would give this 5 stars but, I have to be honest and say that this is not for everyone. In this genre, this is a 5 star read and then some. I think some of the very graphic details might turn some aw ...more
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In The Schwarzschild Radius, Rachel, an 18-year-old university student wants to find her sister Olivia. Olivia disappeared suddenly after working in a strip joint, and Rachel fears the worst. She goes undercover in the world Olivia once belonged to. She gets a job in the strip joint she once worked, and discovers that Olivia was abducted by a killer who auctions murders on eBay. But closing in on the killer means she
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review)

What a page turner! From the very first page I was hooked and I was desperate to know how this story was going to end.
This book is about sixteen year old Olivia Wallen. When she goes missing her sister Rachel goes on a journey into very dark, morbid places to find her.

I have to say that there are some really disturbing things in this story that may deeply upset you. I was able to get past it and keep reading.
The author gets straight to
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Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronics projects. After the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought America wouldn't need weapons anymore, so while others waited for the peace dividend, he ...more

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