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Amazon synopsis: “Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her.
Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.”
Length and medium: 455 pages, Kindle ebook
Published by and date: Thomas & Mercer on March 1, 2018
In my attempt to diversify my reading list, I stumbled upon this thriller as one of the Amazon First Reads for February, also the last month of my Prime student membership. Be on the lookout for an Amazon Household post (still figuring out all the shared Prime benefits when only one person in the house has Prime).
Before I read this book, I explained it as a Dexter book. What I gathered, and expected, was for Charlotte to become a serial killer of serial killers. I thought the book would have more to do with her trying to live a normal life while secretly killing serial killers in her spare time. I couldn’t have been further from the truth.
At the beginning, I quickly got an understanding of how she came to live with the serial killing couple, how she was found by authorities, and how she easily grew tired of her biological father pimping her story for profits. That all happens pretty quickly in the prologue and first chapter or two.
Trying to escape the publicity and the nickname “Burning Girl”, she changes her name to Charlotte, moves to a new town in the middle of nowhere, and somehow begins seeing a psychiatrist, who after 3 months, convinces her to try an experimental drug.
After finishing this book, I felt like it could have been written as a graphic novel as well. It’s gripping and action-packed throughout. I had a hard time tearing myself away from this book and told anyone that tried to talk to me about it while I read it.
I love the premise of this book, too. This drug, kicking in when Charlotte most fears for her life, is expected to help women and children feel in control. It overrides the initial response to freeze in dangerous situations and turns fear into strength.
I’d suggest this book to literally anyone who has had that moment when the pure shock of what’s going on freezes you up for a moment before you can really think of what to do next. Also those interested in thrillers or mysteries. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read this next one.
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