Cover Design: R.B.A. Designs
Release Date: March 23, 2017
I captured the guilty. Locked them inside our prison. Tortured their bodies and abused their minds. I had murdered hundreds. Never recognized one. Until her face. Until that scream. I was hired to take her life. But first, I had to figure out how she ruined mine.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Get out all those tears,” I whispered through the bars, “because pretty soon all you’re going to have is screams.”
For such a seemingly sweet and innocent author Marni Mann certainly has a lot “more colourful personas” hidden within and with this spin off from the Prisoned book those mother fuckers come out to play. I rarely swear in reviews, but this book…this book deserves every single expletive that will probably pour from my fingers.
“Now, there was no turning back.
And there was no more wishing.
Wishes died when my breathing had slowed.
But the wants lived.”
Knowing Beard from Prisoned I always knew this book was going to be dark and while Marni Mann could have gone a lot darker what she delivered was way more than expected. Animal has two stories running parallel with one and other and you know at some point that those stories will converge. It is this anticipation and that constant fear of woe and dread that keeps you frantically turning those pages as the foreboding only intensifies and leads you into a story where nothing is as it seems, no-one is as they seem.
“…You can’t leave a wound bandaged forever. You need to unwrap it and air it out every so often. Because you know what can happen?”
“Yeah, I know. It can turn you into a prison guard where you torture people for a living. But wouldn’t you say it’s a little too late for that? I already kill, and I already fucking torture. So, it looks like my wound isn’t just infected, it’s fucking gangrene.”
Going into this book if you have read Prisoned, you know that Beard is not a good guy, I mean he kills people for a living, he thrives on hearing women scream, but despite his history I wanted to know the reasons, the reasons as to why he was this way, what made Beard…Beard. Marni Mann does deliver on this front and while you know that he is insane, this man has a heart, he has a huge heart and it is just a shame that no-one has respected that. Despite what he does, despite what makes him tick, Beard has a huge heart he is just a little shy at showing it.
“Once they stopped screaming, it wasn’t fun anymore.
And all his screams were gone.”
Marni Mann delivered a little of everything in this book, something for everyone and that was just what this book needed to perfect that balance and ultimately the reader’s enjoyment. Yes, you have the dark side, you have suspense and intrigue in spades but you also have some hot and I mean seriously hot sex scenes. I have read every single one of Marni Mann’s books, I am well versed in how this author writes but even I have to admit that Marni Mann outdid herself this time. These scenes were salacious, dirty, obscenely addictive, yet sensual in their own way. No scene was superfluous, they all added to the story and boy do they make you feel. EVERY. SINGLE. THING…from the pounding heart to the tingles in your toes. Where did this side of Marni Mann come from? Seriously though, these scenes were like a siren’s call, I couldn’t turn away.
“I love pussy. So, why wouldn’t I want to be surrounded by the most beautiful cunts?”
This book was one hell of a mind fuck though and this is where Marni Mann excelled herself, she blew this one out of the water and I didn’t have a freaking clue. There are a lot of curve balls in this one, some I felt were easily identifiable and definitely a hook by the author to make you think you are smart, but this is her luring you into a false sense of security, because she pulls the carpet from under you…A LOT. Some many WTF moments, so many eureka moments where little clues start to fall into place, where finally you have the edges of your jigsaw puzzle complete and you can finally start completing the centre. I have to applaud the plotting with this one because Marni Mann has proven herself to be one clever cookie.
“We all had reasons for being here. My mother was the start of mine.”
The end…I don’t even want to talk about the end…Marni Mann keeps hitting you right up until the last bloody word, this woman knows how to end a book. Now I am eagerly awaiting more spin offs, at least Breath’s book, Beard’s right hand man and best friend. I fear for this one though. I thought Beard would be bad, but the more I learned about Breath in this book, I dread to think what awaits, I fear I ain’t seen nothing yet. Bring it on Marni Mann.
“I’d told her to give me a reason not to kill her. As much as I hated to admit it to myself, she’d given me one. More than one, actually. She’d given me two.”
About the Author:
Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.
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