Saturday, April 19, 2014
Review -- Elemental Fear by Ada Frost
**Warning--this book is not for everyone. There is severe domestic abuse situations that may not sit well with everybody**
This book is very different than anything else I have read. It was real, it was raw. It was heart wrenching, but it was true... it was like the author had climbed into the mind of an abuse victim and plucked out all the parts that no one understands. I say that, because everyone thinks that there is no way they would tolerate or put up with this kind of abuse, but, as a survivor of domestic abuse-10 years of it- I can promise you, that even the strongest of woman can be found in a bad situation.
I loathed Elliot-- and I think that was the point. He is cruel, viscous, selfish, controlling, and abusive beyond what most people can comprehend.
Eve is in love with Dominic- Elliots brother. She has been since she was 5 years old. But in a brilliant scheme from Elliot, he convinces Eve that Dominic doesnt want her, and begins to weasel his way in. Before she knows what happened, Eve is living in a nightmare. Emotionally beat down, mentally broken, she goes day to day trying not to upset Elliot. This is where the book was so real. The author was really able to capture the mind of an abused woman. The thought process, the fear, the worry, the constant battle to change and morph into the person they think they need to be. The way they blame themselves and think that if they had only done something different they wouldnt of deserved the beating they had received. It is a twisted reality that they live in.
Dominic loves Eve. He loves her with every ounce of his being. He doesn't want a life that doesn't involve her. And as he sits back and watches from the shadows thinking Eve is happy, he is devastated when he learns the truth.
Once I started reading, I couldnt put it down. I devoured it, and by the end I was emotionally wrung out and totally wrecked. It is an emotional roller coaster that throws you to and fro because there are times you think you know the ending and then you get moved in another direction. Tears were shed, and hope bloomed, as I cheered for Eve to get her HEA. And although this is not a cliffhanger, the author ended it brilliantly set up for another book....
If you are looking for fluff and rainbows, you wont find it here. What you will find is a story that will rock you to your core and captivate you. And I warn you, may of you will not believe that this is real stuff... but I promise you, it's as real as it gets.