This book was disturbing with a capital D! But it was so so good! I had to read it quickly to see what happened to the girl, Turtle. The things she went through were unthinkable. This young author has a way with words. Warning - if you do the audio version, this is not one you want to play out loud due to language and content. I recommend this book for those who think they can handle it. Huge trigger warning.
This book is dark, violent, graphic, and disturbing. It‘s well-written, though some of the dialogue made me want to scream. I definitely do not recommend anyone read this book without researching what you‘re getting in to, as it‘s more deserving of trigger warnings than any book I‘ve read in years. Still, I couldn‘t stop listening, I‘m glad I read it and was left with a hopeful feeling after all of the disgusting misery.
*deep breath* I'm at a loss ... how a writer thought this is great subject matter, gotta write about this, this is a great way to present it, how a publisher read it & thought this is great, people want to read this stuff & are gonna love this presentation, how literary folk thought wow, this really is something, so deep, so meaningful, so powerful...???
This guy should be on a register. Disturbing, unnecessary, no redeeming features.
I've only just got started on this one and I already feel deeply icky and nothing has even happened yet. Just how uncomfortable does it get? Not sure I'm in the right place for certain things right now. Or ever really.
This book was disturbing. Here is the link to my gr review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3646716680?book_show_action=false&from_rev...
Kein leichtes Buch.
Turtle wächst isoliert bei ihrem Vater auf. Schnell wird klar, dass dies keine normale Vater-Tochter Beziehung ist....
Gewalt, sexueller Missbrauch, Waffen... Doch als Turtle sich verliebt, wird es erst wirklich gefährlich für sie.
Das Buch fand ich wirklich gut, auch wenn es oft nicht leicht war. Abzüge gibt es für das Ende, was für mich nicht ganz stimmig war. Dennoch spreche ich eine Leseempfehlung aus!
Do you have any books that you keep putting off because you‘re worried about how you‘ll feel while reading them? I think there are a lot of books out there that are incredibly intriguing but equally unsettling and, knowing that ahead of time, it‘s hard to find the proper motivation to dive in! I‘ve been warned many times about My Absolute Darling‘s
The most terrifying evil is the one that is all to real, that walks alongside us, that shelters in homes with us, that wears a familiar face. This is a truth that Turtle Alveston—one of the most remarkable, vividly rendered characters I‘ve read in a long time—knows all to well. So too do readers by the time they‘re finished with this intense, gut-wrenching & compelling story. Turtle is a remarkable character & reason enough to read this book.
Honestly, I put this book down for awhile. Picking it back up again, I‘m having a hard time understanding how I read it for so long. I really want to know the end of the story, but it is just so ridiculously disturbing, I‘m not sure if I‘ll get there.
This book is just as dark and difficult as everyone says. The brutality and violence felt gratuitous, some of the language and behaviors very awkward and off the mark, but I was gripped by the story anyway. Trigger warnings for abuse, incest, rape, all kinds of bodily harm.
I was very reticent about reading this book for my book club but in the end I found it brilliant. The premise is a very sad subject -father abusing his daughter. But this book is so much more. Tallent shows us how victims wind up staying with their abusers. Exquisite writing, beautifully written nature scenes, believable well-developed characters, perfect pacing and it‘s a debut novel. I highly recommend it!
I would prefer not to read this book, but still I did.
Overwhelmed with the negative feelings towards the story and it‘s delivery. Deeply killing narrative of the young girl with all the bad things happened to her. She doesn‘t know about other world outside the unnecessary roughness and abuse.
Father and daughter line was really mentally killing. My point of “never again”.
I felt disappointed after reading this.
Some thoughts about my 2019 reading year: https://theludicreader.com/2020/01/02/a-reflection-on-my-2019-reading-year/
I read this one nonstop for 2 days. It is dark but so good. Very descriptive, so much so that it felt like I was watching a movie. Sometimes that description is horrible because of the scene content, but overall it's hauntingly beautiful. I loved the character development and also the fact that I had no idea how it was going to end. The cover blurb doesn't really prepare you for what you're getting into.
Starting this one today! 💚
My husband picked this up from The Dog Eared Book for me today. I have to admit that I am very tempted to ditch my June TBR stack so I can read this instead!
Regrettably, no matter how good the writing was, this book was a punishment for me. Way too much description. Turtle‘s rationalizations meandered so much I repeatedly lost interest. Loathed the relentless misogyny. Didn‘t believe Jacob would put up w her abuse. Molesting Cayenne eliminated depth of father-daughter relationship which was ENTIRE premise & made him a plain ole pedophile. I wish I‘d bailed. Glad for its success, but big miss for me.
Still plowing thru. The writing is phenomenal. I am not using “but” to qualify that because it is indisputably phenomenal. My issue is with how I feel as I read. When I am not sickened and or terrified, I am bored. I don‘t care this much about the details of (so many) guns and settings. The constant misogyny is not easy to deal with even as I understand it and respect the authenticity of it. Anyone else??
After a month of trying I am officially DNFing this book.
Such an odd book....and I‘m talking about more than just the inappropriate relationship. I‘m putting it down as I have no desire to keep going. I even skipped ahead and still don‘t care enough to keep going.
This was a phenomenal and almost unbearable book. I can understand why it‘s so polarizing. There is a lot of cringe-worthy and downright terrifying material in here. It‘s not for the faint of heart. But it‘s worth it.
I loved the character of Turtle. Not the cussing, hateful, misogynistic young girl who knows and trusts nothing but what her father has been “teaching” her for years — but who she discovers inside herself.
Started reading this last night, after reading about it on @TheLudicReader ‘s blog. The contrast between the beautiful descriptive writing and the gritty material is fascinating.
Recently all the books and audiobooks I‘ve been listening to are pretty hard-core, hard to listen to, harsh, savage. This audiobook was well told, but I flinched a lot at the subject matter. Lots of triggers Hi . Rough subject matter. Descriptive writing, but a few of the characters went on tangents which I did not care for.#litsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia