Adult / New Adult / Horror
I gave this book 5 of 5 Stars on Goodreads
Suffer, My Sweet, by Michael Marcus Thurner, opens at a twenty year high school reunion, where the formerly perceived as awkward, dumb-as-dirt, weirdo Evelyn has blossomed into a wildly sexy, rich, and powerful woman. Marco, who now barely ekes out a living, detested Evelyn in their school days. Despite relentlessly teasing and mocking Evelyn all those years ago, Marco finds himself drawn to Evi and easily succumbs when she seduces him, which starts a lusty affair. Marco, blinded by mind-blowing sex, ignores his unease at Evi's peculiarities and doesn't remember them -- or the cruelties she endured from his friends and him. But Evi hasn't forgotten, and Marco soon finds out that Evi's childhood hobbies have evolved into something more horrifying than he could ever imagine. Suffer, My Sweet is one in a series of horror novellas in the Psycho Thrill series, now published in English.
Bullies, beware! In Psycho Thrill: Suffer, My Sweet, for a victim, even twenty years isn't too long to wait to execute the perfect -- and perfectly horrifying -- revenge. Reminiscent of an episode from Tales from the Crypt, the creepiness builds slowly and steadily. Marco senses something is amiss and disturbing about Evi, but his lust compels him to see her again. I appreciated that though there were sex scenes, it was left mostly to the reader's imagination as to the details. Readers will be driven to keep reading, despite the unsettling discoveries at each turn of the page. Author Michael Marcus Thurner does an excellent job of foreshadowing through subtle repetition, and Claire Brooks's translation keeps the tension and suspense growing to the story's shocking, brutal conclusion. Thurner accomplishes a lot in a short period of time, and readers will be thinking about this story long after turning the last page.
This book was reviewed for Readers' Favorite, who provided me a free eBook in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give.