Colossus (My Name Is Not Heather Stokes Book One) by Jette Harris 5/5
Four high school seniors find themselves locked in a house, forced to entertain the whims and appetites of an unpredictable man for one month. He calls himself Avery Rhodes. They call him Colossus, the looming, threatening figure who seems to be teetering on the edge of sanity. Heather Stokes, no stranger to tragedy, does all she can to protect her classmates, going as far as sacrificing herself time and again. As the month winds down, both Heather and Rhodes realize that they are in over their heads, and it is possible that none of them will survive. COLOSSUS is a brutal psychological thriller, with characters reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, but a plot worthy of Karin Slaughter.
(Trigger warning: Sexual violence, torture, suicide.)
This book contains graphic content of extreme sexual and physical abuse, torture, death, and suicide. Not for the squeamish, but a morbidly thrilling read none the less; a horror story of the realistic, believable, ‘that could really happen’ kind. It’s contemporary, breathing new life into the genre.
The content of this book was eye opening, disturbing, horrific, and challenging, but handled masterfully by Harris. Four teenagers are abducted and held at the mercy of a sadistic rapist/ killer, and made to satisfy his every desire. I was on pins and needles for the entire read, and even recoiled from the brutality on occasion, but I just had to know the outcome. It’s a book that you love to hate. You don’t want to turn the pages due to the savagery bestowed upon the characters, but morbid curiosity keeps you going.
The characters were distinctive, true to self, and each offered something to the narrative. Harris captured the differences in their approach to dealing with the horrific situation they were faced with, at the same time tackling the dynamics in their own relationships as friends, and not just as captives to a perverse torturer. We even get a peek into the antagonist’s back story. This only makes him more formidable, and in regards to his perversions and mental health, believable.
I’m looking forward to book two in the series.
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