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Without Condition Paperback – February 8, 2019
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"Move over Dexter, Cara is the new serial killer in town, and she's coming into her own in this tale of love, control and dark accomplishment. An engaging cast of complex characters wrapped up in a romance like no other. Mother doesn't always know best." -Gemma Amor, author of Cruel Works of Nature.
"The entire book is a deep dive into the tortured mind of characters deeply scarred by the words of others and I found it endlessly fascinating." - Laurie at Horror After Dark.
"Like an episode of Six Feet Under mixed with Dexter ... everything is so thorough and laid out so well that there isn't one action or incident that feels irrational, and that speaks to the talent Sonora brings to the table. I truly loved this story." - Steve Stred, author of Wagon Buddy and Invisible; for Kendall Reviews.
"Sonora Taylor has written an unsettling, yet somewhat tender, story of coping with abuse and the hope of being able to truly love and be loved ... The Beatles wrote 'All You Need is Love'. They never read Without Condition." - Suzy Michael, High Fever Books.
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- Publisher : Independently published (February 8, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 340 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1793018022
- ISBN-13 : 978-1793018021
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.85 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,202,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This novel was a pretty quick read, and was somewhat repetitive. It wasn't really for me. This is more a novel for someone who enjoys romance paperbacks, combined with an interest in true crime/serial killer shows. There is no mystery here. Everything is laid out pretty early on.
But then she meets Jackson, and things change a bit for her. Instead of wanting to kill him, she wants to be with him. She is shocked by this, but goes along with it and they fall in love. Both of them have deep secrets, though. We know hers, but what is his?
I loved how the author tied everything together and showed how Cara and Jackson work out their differences. I would have to say that Cara's mom is actually the crazy one in this story, but I guess a mother's love sometimes knows no bounds. And every kid wants their mom to be proud of them, right?
Read this book, you will love it. I look forward to many more from this author.
The first chapter of this book hooked me in quickly. Cara put me in mind of a female vigilante/serial killer and I loooove books on this topic. In fact, the first 1/3 of the novel and the last few chapters had me struggling to STOP reading in order to not get ahead of the other members of the group read. Taylor has serious writing chops and her characters are so true to life and engaging; this is a huge selling point for me.
The middle third of the book lost me a bit. I think, while this book definitely includes horror, it has a bit too much romance for me as a reader. Now - it's not frilly frou-frou romance...it is DARK. I found myself wanting more of what I found in the beginning and ending thirds of the book because once I had a taste for the ruthlessness in those sections, I missed it in the middle.
I just know people are really going to dig this book. As I always say in reviews like this, I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!!
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I’d heard a previous reviewer compare the story and the main character to Dexter - but, much as I enjoyed that series, I found *this* story more compelling, and *this* protagonist more multifaceted.
(That said: I could easily imagine Cara generating a Dexter-esque series of novels - and would happily queue up in the rain to buy them).
If you like morally-ambiguous characters with complex motivations - read this book. If shadowy deeds and serial killer stories are your thing - again, read this book.
Frankly - you should read it even if your usual fare is nothing but Harlequin romance.
You won’t regret it.