The Beast and Me
By: D.S. Wrights
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
The author emailed this story to me to read and review.
There is no cover art yet, but that is the picture on Goodreads. DOn’t be fooled by the plain cover.
This is not a young adult work, but more a psycho thriller/erotica book.
Goodreads Summary: Meg was abducted. For four days she had nothing to keep herself sane, until she promised to be obedient. In return she received a diary, not knowing which terrors she would be writing down soon.
Because Meg has been taken to this unknown place for one purpose only: to support her abductors in ‘socializing’ one of their subjects.
Ten, as they call him, seems to be far more than a primitive beast, fighting battles of his very own. Meg soon realizes that she is the only one able to tame him. And that, apparently, is the sole reason she is more or less treated as a human being.
As Ten’s humanity resurfaces Meg has to accept the truth that the real beasts aren’t behind bars.This is Meg’s diary. Will you read it?
This story inspired by Beauty and the Beast and is part one of a series. It is not a romance.*TRIGGER WARNING* contains rape and psychological torture.
Review: I actually really enjoyed this work. It really was a psychological thriller because I never really knew if what was happening was actually the reality of the situation or just the ramblings of Meghan being tramped and only having her diary to express what she is feeling.
At first, it really reminded me of the CW show, Beauty and the Beast, at least the part of the Beast being a science experiment (The show is absolutely dreadful though).
It contains very disturbing images of captivity and is very dark and twisted throughout the entire work. Her characters are very real and act in ways that make sense. There is also some evidence of Stockholm Syndrome, but that also is understandable based on the circumstances.
There isn’t romance really, but more like affection that leaves something to be desired.
One issue I had with this work was a number of typos and gaps in the story that left me unsure of what happened and whether it happened at all. Some of the scenes seemed rushed and hastily put together to advance the story. But none of that would stop me from reading the next one.
It ends with a sort of cliffhanger, since it is a part of a series. The second book is also available.
Those with triggers with abuse tags might want to stay clear of this one as there are multiples scenes of violence. I myself enjoyed the story and will be downloading the next one.