Redeeming Rhys by Mary E. Palmerin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Talk about dark, twisted, evil and mind bending.
Rhys is by far the darkest character I have read, and I have read some pretty dark s*&t! His childhood sucked and he became the epitome of broken. After ten years away from home he is driven to return.
Wren is the girl Rhys left behind. She has a troubled past of her own, but she has never gotten over Rhys. Wren is not normal and needs her own healing.
The beatings that Rhys took as a child will haunt you for the rest of your life. You will feel his pain as though it is your own. You can feel Wren’s powerlessness at being able to help her step-brother when they were children as though it’s a living breathing thing.
Rhys’ need to seek redemption shows that he still has a tiny tiny bit of goodness in him and you can’t help but root for this killer and the deviant that he has become. Even though it feels wrong you can’t help but love him. The main POV comes from Rhys, and the view into his mind gives you a very clear, astonishing, scary look at what drove him down the path he has taken.
There are twists and a huge turn of events that you won’t see coming. The book is very well written but let me make it very clear, this is not a “oh he’s just a bad boy” book. This book is so dark that you can feel it slither over your body. There are no rainbows, no unicorns, there is sickness, child abuse, darkness and evil in its purest form. Nothing can prepare you for the story between the covers, it’s something you have to read for yourself, with the lights on, in the daytime and long before you go to bed.
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