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Reprisal by Kathy Coopmans
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really liked it
bookshelves: abuse, captive, multiple-pov, suspense, annoying-heroine

This second book gave this story a conclusion that just fit. I'm not sure how better to describe it, but everything that happened, although not completely realistic, seemed real enough for the book. If that makes any sense.

I don't really want to rehash the plot but I did want to share my feelings/thoughts on the main characters.

What an odd character. She was at times strong and passionate, weak and whiny, fierce and loving, vulnerable and compassionate, etc. She was a hard character for me to love. I had definite like for her but honestly her inner monologues really tried my patience. She made some stupid decisions, such as aggravate people holding guns to her, or thinking she could outsmart or overpower anyone. It struck me as funny that every time she thought she had the upper hand, or thought she was pulling the wool over someone's eyes, they were two steps ahead of her. And the people who were "on to" her weren't scholars lol. However, her love and devotion for her husband and (view spoiler) more than made up for her silliness.

Man oh man oh man. I felt so strongly for this character. There wasn't a damn thing about him that I didn't like. He was so devout, I was jealous. I felt so bad for what he had to go through, especially because he was ignorant to the truth of his circumstance his whole life and had to pay the consequences anyway. This poor man just wanted to love and be loved. Envious and spiteful people really do exist out there and this book was just an example of the crazy lengths some people will go to get what they want, particularly when they have the wrong things motivating them..

Is it weird that I had a hate/feel sorry for relationship for this man??? There were times that I felt validated in my negative feelings for this character. The many "evil" things he did and why he did them made me so freaking angry. What's crazy is that the author made it almost impossible not to feel compassion for him. His beginning, his torment and abuse at the hands of his father, the many ways he was manipulated, etc. were what made me feel so so so so so so so bad for him. I'm glad he didn't get off too easily and I'm thrilled that he made some reparations towards the damage he caused.

All I kept hoping for was the end that we were given for this character (view spoiler). The price she had to pay wasn't enough but anything less would have been an insult. She was a freaking monster and I only wish there was some explanation for her behaviour other than the obvious (narcissism). How a woman could have so much hate within her, especially for her own child, was just insane. But to be honest, between her and Trent, they made the book. Every scene with them was exciting. I loved that I never knew what was going to happen next or how they would turn things once again to their advantage.

Overall an incredible "Journey" of a book and I would be interested in reading more from this author.

Enjoy! xo
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
April 29, 2016 – Shelved
April 29, 2016 – Shelved as: abuse
April 29, 2016 – Shelved as: captive
April 29, 2016 – Shelved as: multiple-pov
April 29, 2016 – Shelved as: suspense
April 29, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: annoying-heroine

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