Lenni Reviews: “Birthday Presents” by Dianne Hartsock

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+.

Murderer and rapist Crimson has had Kyle a prisoner for 7 months and his brother, Gene, a police officer, is determined to find the killer before his brother is found dead like so many others.

Well, this is ‘trigger warning the book.’ It is NOT an easy read. There are graphic depictions of torture, rape, child abuse, trauma… But I can’t slam the book or lower my rating because of that. Crimson is a damaged, sadistic monster and I don’t get the feeling I was supposed to be titillated by his actions. The entire time I was reading, I was hooked on how or if Crimson was ever going to be caught and if his victims would be saved. In that, I have to say this book succeeded. I may have predicted certain plot points right away but overall; if you can’t take the mature content or it is triggering for you, don’t read this. You will not be happy. As for me, I give it a 3.8 for the thriller elements that kept me going.

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