Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Review: Caged by D.H. Sidebottom

*****5 Stars*****
Holy mother of.... I honestly do not know how this author continues to get better and better. Just when I think I've read D H Sidebottom's best work yet, she hits me straight in the heart. Wounding me, leaving me breathless, yet again.
As always with authors I love, I knew nothing at all about this book, except for what the cover looked like. I've avoided all teasers and I haven't read the synopsis either.
Right from the prologue, I knew I was going to be hooked. The tragic start to this story is the thing nightmares are made of.
Kloe sets out to help a damaged man but what she finds instead is that in his presence, she is stripped bare. He sees her soul. He unravels her.
I won't tell you anything about Anderson, other than that he is damaged...but is he beyond repair? Beyond saving?
The sub-characters are great too - some of which you'll want to loath just as much as I did. They're well developed and carry the story along as much as the main characters do.
I don't want to give any more of the story away because it is truly a journey worth taking on your own.
This book is beautifully written. Evocative and intense but dark and tragic, it somehow still offers a glimmer of hope, until it is once again crushed. There are twists, turns, secrets and confessions, all of which keep you enthralled.
D H Sidebottom is a truly talented wordsmith. I'm in awe of the way she is able to take a story and consume me (the reader) so deeply that you begin the question the way you think and feel.
I was both devastated and thrilled as I reached the end of Caged, only to find out that I'm going to have to wait for more. Wait to see how things will turn out. Can either Kloe or Anderson ever find peace? Will my heart survive? Chained, due in July 2016, cannot come soon enough!
Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer
Judd Asher was taken from his front garden when he was just four years old. After an extensive search he was never found.
Twenty-one years after a random call out, Judd is found chained and beaten in the basement of an old rundown farmhouse where he has lived the life of an animal for the last twenty-one years.

Kloe Grant is assigned as Judd’s personal therapist. It’s her job to rehabilitate him, to guide him back to normal life. But as Judd’s only emotion is rage, Kloe finds it both heart-breaking and challenging mending a soul that’s not only broken but caged inside him by the demons of his past.

However, when Kloe’s relationship with her patient raises some eyebrows, Kloe can’t fight against the powers that want to see her fail, and with an arm behind her back, she walks away, leaving behind a man who has come to live life again for her.

Four years later Judd, now known as Anderson Cain, the darkest and most formidable cage fighter in a world where violence and crime are the only way to keep breathing, Judd finds there’s not a lot in life that can abate the rage that still twists and prowls beneath his skin.
Not until a chance encounter brings him to her door. To the woman with the bluest eyes and the most stunning smile, the woman who took his hand in the darkness and led him through the door into the sun.
But Kloe Grant left him when he needed her the most. She took the only shred of hope and trust he had left and annihilated it. She starved his belief, and she fed his fury.
She owes him. And he’s going to make sure that this time, she pays. In blood. In lust. In pain. And with her soul.

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