Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: The Damaged by Simon Law

The storm of '87 had been the greatest, most ferocious storm to have hit Britain in centuries. The suffering that ensued was plentiful, but none more so than that of little Matthew Mason, whose parents were brutally murdered in the midst of the storm by a homeless man desperate to find shelter.
After 25 years of torment, Matthew is released from a mental institute under the watchful eye and care of Tammy Atkins, a care worker with a secret history of alcohol abuse and self-harm.
As Matthew struggles to adapt to his new found liberty, he finds himself continuously plagued by the demons of his past. Haunted by strange and ghastly images and urges, Matthew sets himself upon a path of vengeance; determined to seek out his parents' killer and put his demons to rest once and for all.
'The Damaged' is a disturbing psychological thriller, delving deep into the darkest depths of the human psyche.

My Review:

During a massive storm in 1987 Britain, Matthew Mason witnesses the brutal murder of his parents by a homeless man. Sent to his childless, child hating aunt to live, things don't get much better for Matthew. Ending up in a mental institution, Matthew is released 25 years later.

Tammy Atkins is a home care nurse who is sent to make sure Matthew takes his anti-psychotic medications. Little does she know, Matthew has become enamored with her and has stopped taking his medications.

Matthew starts to see things. Tammy slips off the wagon and starts drinking again after her ex decides it isn't in their daughter's best interest to continue visitation with Tammy. The situation begins to spiral out of control and Tammy starts to see Matthew for what he really is-damaged.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I'm glad I agreed, because this is a dark and thrilling read. I felt bad for both Matthew. I don't think many people would come through the things he witnessed & the abuse at his aunt's hands quite sane. I understood his need for vengeance. Tammy I had no sympathy for. She created her own problems & let them get the best of her.

If you like dark and disturbing reads, I definitely recommend The Damaged. It is well worth the read!

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