Author: Bey Deckard
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/30/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Taboo
Novella (49,000 words)
Genre(s): transgressive, psychopath, dark erotica, QUILTBAG
Fresh out of school, Dr. Crane takes on a new patient who both intrigues and unnerves him. Charming, manipulative, and amoral, Max has exactly the sort of mind Crane finds himself drawn to with fictional characters.
As Max weaves himself into Crane’s life, Crane realizes that while fiction might be safe, Max certainly is not.
When the professional line between them thins, who gets to define where one man ends and the other begins?
This is SO my kind of book!
First things first – If you are looking for a love story, or a story with a teeny bit of angst or maybe you fancy something just a tiny bit darker – walk away as you’re not going to find that here! Max is full on twisted with an extra layer of black and a complete mind fuck as you try to work out what is happening.
Newly qualified Doctor Crane gets way more than anticipated when he meets his new patient Max. Max is astute and has a lot of issues that are way beyond Crane’s knowledge and from their very first appointment Crane loses control – the patient is definitely running the show. By the time Crane realises just how little control he has it’s already too late – for the game is on and he is the main event.
The story is clever and the writing is tense. The author gives nothing away until the very end and it was an ending that is as unexpected as the rest of the story – kudos to Bey for keeping us guessing. The phrase “down the rabbit hole” crops up along the way and there isn’t a better description for what happens to the reader when they open the pages of Max. Highly recommend.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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