I didn’t go into this book blind. I knew that it contained dark, very dark subject matter, but I decided to jump right in because I enjoyed the author’s last book, Dirty Ugly Toy. And still, I find myself wondering how authors come up with these ideas. In what dark recesses of their minds, do they conjure up such twisted, depraved thoughts? Was I shocked by the book? Did it disgust me, make me shudder and cringe? Did it push my boundaries? Did I read it in one day and love it? The answer to all of these questions is the same…Absolutely!
This is War, Baby is not for the faint of heart. The main character goes through some horrific, frightening, brutal events at the hands of her captor. Her treatment, or punishment, was inhumane and humiliating. As a reader, I felt for her, was frightened right along with her, and wanted nothing more than for her to escape and find her way back to freedom again.
While my nerves were completely shot for a large portion of this book, it did take a shift at about the fifty percent mark. I was still on pins and needles, not truly trusting anyone or the situations, but there was a point where I was actually beginning to feel comfortable with the story and the characters. This may sound strange since I just finished saying how despicable and heinous some of the events were, but without giving too much of the story away, I will just say that I began to see a lighter, brighter, more romantic side to the story. Yes, amidst all of the darkness, I was able to find the romance in it.
This is War, Baby is a fast paced page turner. I didn’t want to put the book down…and since I read it in one day, I hardly did. K. Webster did an incredible job of creating this story and the characters, but also in how she unfolded all of the layers of the story. Even right down to the title itself, it was perfection. The characters that she introduced were well developed and complex, adding the right amount of intrigue to an already intense and all-consuming story.
While my mind was spinning at about a mile a minute trying to come up with my own theories of how the story would end, I can honestly say that the ending left me feeling as though I was punched in the stomach and couldn’t breathe. I love it when that happens!