The Obsession Book Review
This gut-wrenching, page-turning sequel to the demented Filthy Rich Americans series by Nikki Sloane gripped me and had me twisting in anguish.
Rarely has an antagonist filled me with disgust and hate to the degree Macalister does. Minotaur? Zeus? Monster? I go with monster. Sick, twisted, depraved monster.
Marist plays the chess game on par with a naive, young guileless chess player joining the rank of seasoned experts. Bountiful mistakes and missteps befall her, but through her struggles, she holds onto herself to some degree. She recognizes the importance of not completely losing her soul. Maybe she's the young Medusa who hasn't yet come into all of her powers?
The father son dynamic between Royce and Macalister roils the stomach. The psychotic, unhealthy relationship borders disgusting. But, I kept turning the pages because I had to see what happened. Like a twisted reality TV show, I knew it was all kinds of wrong, but I couldn't just turn it off.
About halfway through the book, I found myself thinking, "This is not a romance!". I mean, really, just what the fuck? I read romance for joy and happiness, maybe to watch a character grow, but this?? Then I finally saw a more human side to Royce and I thought to myself, maybe. Maybe there is a romance story here. Maybe this is the ultimate fight against the all powerful ruthless heartless Gods.
And I guess we won't know the answer to that - because The Obsession ends with a massive fucking cliffhanger. I'd be lying if I said I'm okay with that. I find massive cliffhangers to be painful - like physically PAINFUL. If I realize in advance that it's a trilogy with a series of cliffhangers, I wait until all three are released so I can, well, read all three. That whole not knowing thing really doesn't work for me. THAT said (whine), I'll be ordering the pre-order for The Deception because the DAY it comes out I'll be reading it.
delivers in this series. Yes, it's twisted and demented. But Sloane is a master storyteller and I can't wait to see how this story ends.