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The Waning by Christina Bergling
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Well where do I start? This is not light fiction, nope - it's as dark as you expect it to be. A woman is abducted and kept in a cage about the same size as for a large dog, that's not going to really end well. So, if you like your fiction dark, edgy, thought-provoking and a touch shocking, you will enjoy this one as much as I did.

This book explores the relationship between captor and captive at intimate level.

But before we get to that part we get an insight into the life of woman unfortunate enough to end up in a cage. We taste her working persona, her relationship with her girlfriend and glimpses into her inner psyche. Then the good bit starts, abducted to find her whole world now consists of a dark room with concrete walls and floor, the cage she is cramped in, unable to stretch her limbs at all and the steady drip-drip of water somewhere in this living hell.

The book is really clever in it's exploration of the gradual changes in relationship with her captor, what does a human being do under such conditions? The lessons her captor teaches her are brutal and violent, graphic and disturbing but necessary to his purposes. I can't really share too much more on this fascinating aspect of the book as it would be a massive spoiler but this is very much about residing in the mind of this captured woman and how she copes with such an unimaginable situation. If she copes at all. It's psychology and horror combined to keep the reader mesmerised at the events unfolding. Some may indeed even miss the importance of why the book is written in the format that it is. It was like watching a car crash, you want to look away but you can't. I had to find out the end outcome. It was not predictable or what I expected, kudos to the author for that.

I found this quite unique and enjoyed reading it very much and am now keen to read more of Christina's writing. This is not traditional horror really, it's the very dark side of human beings with a massive slant on the psychology of the victim and the dance of their relationship which is in itself both interesting and disturbing.

4 paw prints from me for this book. I would recommend it even to readers who enjoy books in the crime or psychological thriller genres as well as dark fiction/horror fans. A book that had me thinking long past finishing it including wondering what I would do in the same horrible situation. Best not to ponder too much.

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Reading Progress

September 16, 2015 – Shelved
September 16, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
October 3, 2015 – Started Reading
October 3, 2015 –
October 3, 2015 –
59.0% "Just terrifying and awful. Powerful imagery."
October 3, 2015 –
100.0% "Review to come."
October 4, 2015 – Shelved as: graphic-gory-bits
October 4, 2015 – Shelved as: horror-books-read
October 4, 2015 – Shelved as: psychological-thrillers-read
October 4, 2015 – Shelved as: serial-killer-at-work
October 5, 2015 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Kimberly (new) - added it

Kimberly Great review, Maxine!!!

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Kimberly wrote: "Great review, Maxine!!!"

~Thanks, really good read this one, I recommend!

message 3: by Sue (new) - added it

Sue Super review, Maxine.

message 4: by Mike (new)

Mike You've got me intrigued with this one. Looks rather dark and disturbing. Great review, Maxine.

Hannah Ooo that sounds good, great review!

Maxine (Booklover Catlady) Thanks everyone, a different perspective this book takes on being in captivity. It's unnerving.

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