​​I’ve been reading a lot of traditionally published books lately, you know the ones, with a team of editors, proofreaders, and marketing experts behind them.  More often than not they’re good books, while at the same time, they can be a little vanilla.  One of the so-called experts decides you can’t do this or that, someone might get offended, or worse yet, triggered.  I’m lucky because I haven’t suffered through a life-altering event that triggers me and, you know what?  Sometimes I just want to be shocked.  So, with its “WARNING: EXTREME CONTENT” tag, I thought that Hope for the Wicked could be just the thing for me.

For the first half or so I was anticipating some massive shocks and didn’t get them, but then it all hit the fan at once.  I appreciate the tease.

Lorn has written a great story here.  He has created a couple of fantastic characters with Larry and Mo.  They are dark and twisted with an intertwining backstory that would make your head spin.  Lorn expertly counterbalanced the darkness of Hope for the Wicked with some light dashes of humor.  And this story will shock!  If you are easily offended or triggered, don’t read it, this is not a book for you.  It’s for me.  MINE!

The only thing I wanted and didn’t get from Hope for the Wicked is more.  At one hundred and fifteen pages, it’s a little on the light side.  I could have stood for some more: more description, more details, more mayhem and torture.

*4 Stars

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Hope for the Wicked

By Edward Lorn