The Goodbye Man by A. Giannoccaro and Mary E Palmerin
Series: Red Market series book #1
Genre: horror, dark romance, fucked up
Dysfunctional empires were made to fall.
I am Caesar. Broken and conflicted. I am a man who gives false goodness to those who crave it. I provide solace to the ones who beg to be saved, giving them the goodbyes they want. But, my quiet little world is about to be shattered by the whispers from heaven and hell.
I am Mateo. Unlovable and unworthy. I am the boy everyone runs from. I keep love close to me in little jars of perfection, reminding me of a thousand goodbyes I never had to say, because I left them before they could leave me.
I am Svetlana. Dirty and Used. Birthed into brutality while still trying to comprehend my version of normal. I am an injured lamb, eaten by filthy wolves day after day. Just as salvation seems like it’s within reach, a goodbye from this awful world is all that I wish for.
**Graphic content warning including detailed depiction of brutal, bloody acts. Physical and emotional abuse is also apparent throughout this book with graphic sex scenes, both consensual and non-sensual. Reader discretion is highly advised. Not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen or those who are easily offended by the above mentioned acts**
This book should come with a complimentary sick bag.
Heed the authors caution. This is a hard read. I’m going to back this up with a ‘this will quite possibly give you nightmares’. It will take you to the edge and you have to ask yourself ‘am I brave enough to jump off and see where these messed up characters take me’.
I’m not going to lie. This book sent me running for kitten videos and screaming for my happy place. I wanted to give up. This assaulted EVERY sensitivity I have (and even one’s I didn’t know I had) and it was only due to the authors that I kept reading.
This is my ultimate WTFDIJR and it’s haunted my dreams. I cringed, I shuddered, I prayed for it to end and I cried. I even dreamt about these characters. A. Giannoccaro warned me during the beta process that this was a huge leap from her norm. Now, her norm to me is dark. Dark that leaves me bewildered. This … this was so far off the reservation, I wonder if I will ever be the same. This book changed me. It changed me to how I see life and all its complexities. This book is ULTRA confronting. There are incidents and themes that will be triggers for readers and I envisage a lot of people walking away from this book. I know I wanted too but at the same time, I had to see what was going to become of these characters. I’d walk away for a bit, summon the courage and then come back to it.
As much as the content is harrowing and distressing, I have to give kudos to the authors who, go against the stereotype that women can’t write that kind of stuff (I will buy a copy of this book for any fool that says writing disturbing books is a man’s job), and for taking me on a journey to hell and back.
Let me start with Svetlana. Oh how my heart broke for her. I cried hate filled tears on her behalf. I read most of her scenes from behind my hand that was spread over my face as if to protect me from what was unfolding. I dread but felt compelled to read on just to hear how her story ends.
I have to give the authors a round of applause for conjuring such hideous and heinous characters. I spoke with Mary and asked her ‘why dark? Why this dark?’ and her answer was something that I agree with. “I write what I fear. What I’m not supposed to talk about. I don’t like writing what people expect. HEA are expected. Why write that when people already know it’s going to be tied up in a neat little bow? I love writing dark. There’s a certain beauty about it.”
For anyone concerned that they don’t have the stomach for this story (and I will add, it’s very good for the diet, it’s stomach churning), the only difference to this book and hearing what’s on the nightly news or the front page of the paper is that this is fiction. If you can handle the news – you should be able to push through this book.
I dread to think but am SO excited to see what this duo has in store for the next book. They might have thought they were just writing a book together, little do they know that they are changing the face of dark themed stories.
The saddest and scariest part is that people like the characters in this book walk amongst us.
I had the pleasure of being a beta reader for this book but I will still be buying a copy of it with my own money.
This book will be releasing on August 17, 2015.