Kane's Hell by Elizabeth Finn
Published by Self-published on May 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Kane and Helene were the best of friends until a nightmare devastated them… Hopes were destroyed, dreams shattered, a budding teenage love torn to pieces. Eleven years later their lives are nothing like they once were. Time has changed them … and not for the better.
Helene is smart, driven, and accomplished—her education and achievements a smoke screen hiding the frigid and fragile child wounded long ago.
Kane is equally obsessed with his coping mechanisms—fighting … drinking … screwing … compulsively destroying himself one vice at a time.
When their paths collide again, their past becomes an obstacle no coping mechanism in the world can protect them from. But confronting the past so they can heal in the present is no easy task. Can Kane reach Helene and recapture what used to burn so warmly between them, or will his own self destructive demons pull her into his hell?
A woman determined to look forward. A man always looking back. A love desperate to be restored.
WARNING: This book contains darker subject matter and violent content that may be difficult for some readers.
Let me start by saying that everything I’ve read by Elizabeth Finn, I’ve loved. And this is not a review (as I’m actually not finishing reading this book) but a warning.
While the blurb tells us:
Kane and Helene were the best of friends until a nightmare devastated them… Hopes were destroyed, dreams shattered, a budding teenage love torn to pieces.
And there is a Warning:
WARNING: This book contains dark subject matter and violent content that may be difficult for some readers.
Somehow, this did not prepare me for the actual content of the book, and I’m sad to have to admit that I can’t go through with it. I know Ms. Finn will give these two characters the HEA they deserve, but I just can’t go on.
I think my bigger issue with this is that unlike other books when a traumatic and violent experience takes place, in general we get an overview or general idea from the victim or someone close of what happened, or at most a flashback that gives us a glimpse into the trauma that has been suffered. In this book (as far as I got anyway) we actually experience this traumatic events right along with them from both their POV’s (the reading goes: one chapter from Helene in the past, one from Helene in the present and switch to one chapter from Kane in the past and one from Kane in the present) so in effect, you go through it twice.
Now, when you read the warning, along with the blurb you think maybe sexual assault, but in no way (at least for me) does this lead you to imagine the magnitude of what these poor characters are subjected to.
I’d like to think that if I was properly prepared for it, I might have been able to see it through, so what follows is a quick description of what happens to them. View Spoiler »Kane and Helene are teenagers that work at a gas station. One night they are by themselves and some weird guy comes in. Kane is a bit of a smartass and mouthes off to him. Sometime later, the man comes back, forces them to the back (with a gun and a knife), and forces Helene to strip and Kane to give her oral sex. Then the man forces Helene to give him then Kane oral. After this he forces Kane to have sex with Helene, who was a virgin, and then the man beats Kane and then rapes him. « Hide Spoiler
Again, as you have to experience all of this and the aftermath along with them it was just too much for me. As I said, I’m sure they get their HEA (or at least I hope they do) and I might be missing out on an epic love story of healing and redemption. At the moment I just don’t have the strength to.
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