After seeing a bunch of low ratings and talking with friends who were struggling with this book… I wanted to add this as a side note.
Here is why I think it is getting low ratings… it is marketed to romance readers when it is NOT a romance. There’s a love story but it’s a disturbing love story.
I have two close friends who work with the mentally ill. One is a nurse in a hospital (mental ward) and the other is a doctor who has his own practice. Every time I hear stories from them I always think…‘WTF. That can’t be for real…that doesn’t make sense.’ But once they explain how in a psychotic’s mind it does make sense… I’m always like – ‘wow, that’s bizarre.’
In psychological thrillers there may not be a traditional “hea” (happily ever after). What a ‘normal’ person thinks is a hea is not necessarily what someone who is psychotic would think is an hea.
Also in psychological thrillers the characters are usually not likable because they’re screwed up. Their thinking process isn’t the same as the majority of the public’s.
Did any of you read- Fight Club? And I’m not talking about watching the movie BUT actually reading the book. The book is different than the movie. The book is a love story (a psychotic one but one none the less). Or what about Mud Vein? Or Gone Girl? The Contradiction of Solitude is like that … being in the mind of someone who has mentally lost it and isn’t coming back to “reality” is hard.
Maybe knowing you aren’t going to love the characters and there isn’t any romance in this book will help you decide if this book is for you. I know that you can’t expect romance readers to want to read a book that contains no romance. It’s like apple and oranges, they aren’t the same. It’s like giving someone who reads Christian romance the 50 Shades of Grey book… they aren’t going to like it. It’s the wrong target audience. But I’m also huge advocate of readers going out of their comfort zone and trying a new genre. A reader will never know if they like another genre if they don’t at least give it a try. And once they try it, either way- love it/loathe it, at least they will have an opinion based on experience.