Charlie Fox teaches self-defence and likes to think she is doing a good job helping other women. Then again, maybe not when three women are violently raped and two of them murdered. And now the killer has his sights on her. Not only that, she accepts a job working security for a night club and things aren’t going smooth there; work colleagues hate her guts, the boss is way too attractive, and someone is dealing drugs.
My initial irritation was with the victim blaming attitude of Charlie. Yeah, that didn’t sit well with me when she said that the first girl hadn’t been smart enough to take a taxi home (not that taxis are all that safe, the drivers can be predators). I honestly wanted to stop right then and there because the only person to be blamed for rape is the rapist. Nothing a woman does or doesn’t do is an excuse to rape.
But then a pretty big part of Charlie’s back story is revealed; she was a victim. So maybe that changed my opinion, I wondered what a survivor would think about other girls becoming victims, how they would change their mindsets… that sort of thing.
And it’s good I continued. But only good. It wasn’t an amazing story, more of a bulk standard sort of thriller unfortunately. Though that didn’t stop me from wanting to know who did it or how all the little pieces came together. That kept me reading, powering through until I finally reached the end and could step away from the book and get back to work. Oh yeah, I have been escaping reality on the boss’s dime again. Oops.
Seriously, push through the start. The victim blaming was my gripe, other people would probably find the writing style and the little useless details (yeah, there are several things mentioned that have no point to the story what so ever, like her having breakfast or the detailed description of what the kitchen use to be) as tedious and just uping the word count. And then add in there being way too many characters to keep straight throughout the entire thing and yeah, it’s rather flawed. But it’s part of our human nature to want to know what happened and we’re conditioned to want to have everything fixed at the end with justice. That’s my reason for reading.
It is an easy read.
And Charlie is a strong and flawed character and well developed, in my opinion. She has her moments of weakness and isn’t sure all the time. A couple of times she was frustrating (come on, some of the mystery was easy to work out). But I loved her strength and independence.
Not sure I want to go and find the author again, though if another book was to come into my possession I’m not going to say no to it.