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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Trainwreck & Trainwreck 2 by Michelle Michael Rakes - a difficult review to write.

Trainwreck & Trainwreck 2 by Michelle Michael Rakes. No rating as I was unable to finish due to being squeamish. 
BLURB: Detective Sergeant Vincent Sweetwater hates dead bodies. That’s why he’s an undercover narc and not a homicide dick. So why is he standing on a sandy beach in California staring at a lifeless body—oh yeah, the suicide attempt. Lieutenant Hanson is making a statement. Something about life worth living. Shows what he knows.
As Vince examines the tortured body, he feels an empathy and déjà vu for the victim, her wounds are similar to scars he has only a vague memory receiving. An intense desire to find her killer fills his queasy belly as a dark game of cat and mouse begins. 
The young woman’s death forces Vince back into a secret life dominated by sex, perversion, and sadomasochism. Estranged from his wife he still loves and longing for the man who possessed him once, Vince buries his torment deep inside meaningless sex.
*Warning: This book contains adult content and situations. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH.
BLURB2: A missing girl turns up dead in a public bathroom not far from the dumping place of Anna Marie's body. Two dead girls and Vincent Sweetwater is sent out of one tailspin into another. Clues linking Vince to both crimes convinces him the killer is from his past. Perhaps a former associate of his father? 
To solve this crime, he'll have to confront his father in prison. With IAD looking over his shoulder, a trip to the state prison could be more of a risk than Vince is willing to take, but the innocent victims drive him to do what is most painful. The more Vince learns from his father, the more he understands the kind of man he truly wants to be, and determines to fix all his relationships. If he survives this investigation. 
The young woman’s death forces Vince back into a secret life dominated by sex, perversion, and sadomasochism. Estranged from his wife he still loves and longing for the man who possessed him once, Vince struggles with his self-destructive nature. Vince punishes himself by giving his body over to someone who doesn't have his best interests at heart. 
After Mica has a close call on the job, Vince realizes all he wants is to patch things up with his wife. Although, the man he left behind is always on his mind. A man he doesn’t believe he can have and a life only real in his fantasies, Vince slips back into his masochistic mentality. Even if Mica accepts his submission, he knows she’ll never accept his sexuality. 
The only hope Vince has is that he’ll catch this killer before the bastard kills again. 
*Warning: This book contains adult content and situations. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH. 


My Review:
I asked my daughter's advice for this review because I was given the two books for an honest review and I am unable to finish book one and do not think I will ever want to read book two.
Now this isn't because the story is bad nor is there anything wrong with the writing. It's just that the whole story is much darker and bleaker than I can stand reading about. If you are a fan of noir thrillers and  very detailed descriptions of sadistic killers who torture their victims, or of masochistic, suicidal policemen, then this is for you. If however you are more squeamish, like I am, then I'd advice against it, just as the warning says. I really should have heeded that warning but chose to ignore so my bad and my apologies to the author who is in no way to blame for my sensibilities.

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