Today I review The Rip by Mark Brandi. Published by Legend Press and is out now in paperback and eBook.
The Rip by Mark Brandi
A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends…. but when the drugs kick in that can be hard.
Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along.
He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can’t stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right.
But the flat smells weird.
There’s a lock on Steve’s bedroom door. And the guy is intense.
The problem is, sometimes you just don’t know you are in too deep, until you are drowning.
Book Review by Kelly Lacey
The Rip by Mark Brandi introduces us the reader to the life of a drug user on the streets of Australia. We meet a young woman, her friend Anton and her beloved dog Sunny. As the reader the plot is following this trio as they try to score their next hit and seeing how people look down on them. When they run into Steve an old friend of Anton’s he offers them accomodation. But what is that smell coming from the other room?
The book is a slow burner for sure. I think the authors aim was get to across the message about life’s fragility and how any one of us could hit rock bottom.
Now for me personally I don’t mind reading a book that I don’t like the characters. But I feel you have to care what happens to them and sadly with The Rip it just didn’t connect with me. I really wasn’t invested in the characters. I just felt that there was a naivety to them that didn’t feel right.
Mark Brandi lets the reader use their imagination to fill in a lot of blanks. I didn’t find that suspenseful I just found it annoying. It is definitely a well written story that I will remember. But I needed all the threads to be tied up.
It is three stars from me for The Rip, if you like slow burners with scene building and an insight into a different way of life. Then add it to your TBR.
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