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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Is it better to live a lie of perfection when the truth is too ugly to survive?

Meg wants a normal life. Her new artistic style, born in the depression of her mother’s death, is poised to take the art world by storm, if she could just overcome the debilitating anxiety caused by the car accident that scarred her boyfriend, Austin. Encouraged by her therapist, Meg pushes outs
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2019 by Subterranean Press
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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I love Kim Harrison. I tore through her Hollows series and fell in love with that world all over again with her prequel. I read both of the Drafter novels that were published, and would reread them and buy the third if it ever gets published. I'm sad that it hasn't. I'm super pumped that she's got more Hollows in the works.

Unfortuntely, it seems that the Hollows is where she shines, and, at least
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I can't tell if Kim Harrison's writing style isn't for me or if this was just the worst possible introduction to her work, because so many of my friends LOVE her, but this writing style threw me off from literally the very first page and never got any better. I skimmed through the first few chapters and was just disliking every moment of it. Normally, since it was an ARC, I'd try to power through and only DNF after a good 1/4 of the book or more was over, but I've been in and out of a slump late ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

PERfunctory AfFECTION is a little bit of a mind boggle at times.  Meg is an unreliable narrator and that makes figuring out what is going on a little more difficult as she doesn’t seem in her right mind.  This story is one of hiding from the past and longing to be something more than you are.

Meg struggles with the day to day of life. She is depressed, struggles with interactions with people, has severe anxiety and has few people in her life,
PERfunctory AfFECTION was different. An unreliable narrator and events that unfold will leave the reader pondering what they have just read. Some will say horror, some will say psychology thriller and still other will declare it fantasy or paranormal.

I am not going into any details, because I went in blind and I think it is better that way. When I first met Meg I wasn’t sure what to think. She obviously has some issues. She lost her mother and has some PTSD from a car accident involving her boyf
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, urban-fantasy
The story was adeptly told, particularly in regards to wordsmithing. Although I had figured out much of the story earlier than the reveal there were still some twists I wasn't expecting.

But I didn't enjoy spending the entire book in the head of someone deeply mentally disturbed.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
As readers can tell from the cover, which looks somewhat like a horror novel, this story from Urban Fantasy author, Kim Harrison, is not part of the Hollows series. It is part psychological thriller and part paranormal…maybe. This complex tale centers on Meg, an artist struggling with some psychological issues that have their roots in a tragic incident three years before involving her boyfriend, Austin and the loss of her mother. Panic attacks are her daily companions. She is desperate to get he ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Subterranean Press. Trigger warnings: death, death of a parent, severe injury, car accident, fire, violence, blood, mental illness, anxiety, anxiety attacks, depression, verbal abuse.

Meg has been in therapy for three years after her mother’s death and the car accident that nearly killed her boyfriend, Austin. Dealing with depression and an anxiety that barely lets her leave the house, she’s encouraged to try a new medication. Right
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

DNF @ 39%

As a huge fan of The Hollows, I was so excited to see something new out by this author. I jumped on getting the ARC and dived into the book with an abundance of excitement. Which makes not finishing this novel so much more difficult for me.

I was bored reading this one. The writing wasn't working for me and the story felt like it was dragging. I also have a problem with people who take medication
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Patricia Romero
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Meg wants to overcome her crippling anxiety and depression which took hold after her mother's death and her boyfriend, Austin, is supportive of her. Her therapist starts her on a trial drug what is supposed to cement new patterns in her brain. Or so she says

The pills help her and within days she has met a new friend, been stalked by a crazy man telling her that her friend isn't real and that the pills will put her in danger. Along with a shady FBI guy who keeps popping up trying to find said cra
Rebecca Goss
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meg is placed on a trial experimental psychiatric medication, whose aim is to allow her to experience emotions that she was previously numb to in effort to effectively deal with them. The side effects to this medication are plentiful and may be permanent. As a mental health professional, I was frustrated that such a medication was given on an outpatient basis when clearly, it would be more safely monitored in an inpatient setting. It was frightening to think that a patient was allowed to spiral ...more
Kathy Kennerley
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! This author is one of my favorites. The story is tense and you can feel a wrongness simmering beneath the surface but can't figure out what it is. It was well past halfway when things were revealed and then everything made sense. I should have realized sooner but I didn't expect it at all. It was fantastic! I ordered a hardcover and I can't wait to hold it in my hands. ARC
Tea With Rose's Tomes
Mar 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I am going to start off and say i am a die hard fan of The Hollows series! So when I saw a review copy on Netgalley, I jumped on it. Read the summary and was like this will be interesting. More of a thriller!

It's giving me such great pains to say I had to stop reading this book. The first couple of pages left my head hurting. I skimmed after that, and decided I had to sadly DNF the book.

I'm going to try and pick back up in a couple months and I hope my mindset will change.

I received this via N
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
2.5 stars

*I received a free audio copy of PERfunctory AfECTION from Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*

This story was very strange, to say the least. And Meg was such an unreliable narrator I still have no idea what was going on... Grieving, she was in a bad place, and she was participating in a drugs trial. Those drugs may or may not have made her hallucinate.

I did not really enjoy the narration - and the story was very confusing because Meg was
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, sf-fantasy
Perfunctory Affection is a stand-alone novel from Kim Harrison of the Hollows fame, set in a world that appears to be very similar to our own. I absolutely *adored* the Hollows novels, and it pains me greatly to have had such a negative reaction to this book. Meg, the protagonist, has such immature reactions to every situation she finds herself in that I couldn't take her seriously as an adult character. She questions whether two characters are "boyfriend, girlfriend;" she notes that a character ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of Perfunctory Affection through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Perfunctory Affection is the newest novella from Kim Harrison. It explores the concepts of love, perfection, life, truth, and understanding. It’s a heavy but fascinating read, delving deep into anxiety, depression, and delusions.
This novella lands somewhere between a science fiction horror and an individual’s journey to understanding what’s happening to them. It has a touch of fantasy as wel
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Having enjoyed Harrison's Hollows series, I wasn't sure what to expect with PERfunctory AfFECTION. Harrison delivers an compelling tale of a woman trying desperately to get back to a sense of normal after a horrific car crash. Meg is trying new medication prescribed by her doctor to help her with her inability to live a normal life. Meg's relationship with her boyfriend, Austin, is tested when Meg makes two new friends that help her take huge strides in reclaiming her life as a result of taking ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to netgalley, subterranean, and especially kim harrison. I’m always anxious to read anything by Kim Harrison. This was no exception. I’ve not read anything like this before and I was intrigued all the way through. I absolutely love this and I think Miss Harrison has seen a new way to go with her writing. I would classify this is a new adult book as apposed to the normal adult reading of the same subject.. I love the characters and the imagination that was in this book and it was something ...more
Victoria Hamel
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. The narrator Meg is entirely unreliable. I was compelled to finish this book as quickly as possible so that I could find out what happens, and much is left unclear-by Kim Harrison's design, I do not fault her for that, I understand this was her plan. I just finished and I don't know what was was real and what was illusion. Perfunctory Affection is a heavy book full of sadness. It's going to stay with you so give yourself time to sit with it when you are done. Maybe listen ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meg has suffered from depression since her mother's death. Add the guilt of hurting her boyfriend when she intentionally drove into a tree, and you have a pretty troubled young woman. Her doctor is going to let her try a new and experimental drug to help with her treatment.

I really wanted to love this book. I love The Hollows series, it is one of my all time favorites. Sadly, this one was not for me. I don't really think it should be classified as fantasy. I'm not sure what category I would put
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a really hard book to review. It's is a bit of a suspense/psychological thriller. I have read 3 books that were similar in the last 5 years and thus I wasn't really surprised by the plot reveals.

I didn't really like the lead character Meg at the beginning and pretty much hated her by the end. It's hard for me to love a book without loving the characters. However, it is an interesting story and kind of thought provoking. I like that I could decide how it ended.

Kim Harrison is a favorite
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dnf

I found this book to be disappointing dry. I pushed myself to finish, but only made it to the start of chapter 6 and could go no further. I'm a retired psych nurse and retired for a reason. I had enough then and the main character was too over the top for me now.

I'm a big fan of The Hollows series by this author and it is one of my favorites. Also the Peri Reed Chronicles were fairly good, but this book was just not for me.
Michelle Thompson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't have expectations going into the book other than I enjoy the author and her storytelling. I was gripped by the first chapter and enjoyed the ride through the book. Unlike the usual strong female leads, Meg was someone you felt for and the theme of real life being unachievable through perfection carried over into the main character well as she struggled to combat who she is versus the internal pressure we put on ourselves of who we think we should be.

Well done Ms. Harrison!
Tonya Nardi
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven’t liked any of the Kim Harrison books as much as I liked the Hollows series, although I can’t really put a finger on why that is.

The premise of this was good and the characters were interesting. I’m sorry it didn’t have a more complete end. I think the problem for me was that, except for the protagonist, all the other characters felt sketched in and not enough of their motivation was made clear.
April Meuse
I'm a huge fan of Kim Harrison but this just was not my favorite book. The writing just does not stand up to the work she put into Rachel and even the Operator (I wish she would finish! I loved the characters and story and want to know what happens next)

Idk. I feel like she wrote this just to write it and her heart wasn't into it. Glad I got it on Kindle and not the expensive hard backs
Elaine Carass
I was dissappointed in this. I just didn't feel it the way I did with the Hollows series. There wasn't much world boulding, or character boulding. I found meg to be a very flat character. there was nothing about her, It was like the author was unsure about who Meg was and what she was about. This just wasn't for m
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at 24 percent. Meg and her social anxiety disorder didn’t seem to be going anywhere plot wise. I lost interest pretty quickly because there was never anything to hook the reader in the beginning.
Anjanette Comer
Really disappointed after her witch series. This was just a bit to mental for me. I miss Rachel the pixies, elves, vampires and occasional demon.
Lynne Page
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not her usual style, but I actually quite liked it! Expect the unexpected, but perhaps also expect the expected. I enjoyed her use of repetition, and I actually quite liked the ending.
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Kim Harrison is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, but she has written more than urban fantasy and has published over two-dozen books spanning the gamut from young adult, thriller, several anthologies, and has scripted two original graphic novels. She has also published traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook. Kim is currently working on a new Hollo ...more