Someone to Kiss My Scars 1
A Teen Thriller
- Thriller / suspense
- Age range:
- + years old
- Publication Date:
- Skipstone Publishing
- Country of origin:
- United States
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Very Triggering Content
Before I tell you anything else, I want you to know there are a significant amount of 5 star reviews for this book and would encourage you to check some of those out before deciding whether this is the book for you.
“There are a lot of things I wish I didn’t remember.”
This could well be the most triggering book I have ever read. I knew before I began that sexual assault would be addressed but I read a lot of books that include content of that nature so I thought I’d be okay. I never expected there would be such consistently graphic content. I don’t think for a moment that the author intended any of the scenes to be gratuitous but it felt at times like I was reading a Virginia Andrews novel.
If there’s been more light included in the story to help counter the overwhelming darkness I might have been okay. Instead I felt more and more weighed down by story after story of trauma. Your response may be different to mine and you may be okay after reading this, but if you’re a survivor of sexual assault, please be safe while reading.
“Why was his brain assaulted by other people’s stories when he could remember nothing of his own?”
Hunter can take bad memories away from other people but each memory he deletes from them adds to his own burden. Given how their traumas are both related to sexual assault and that they’re best friends, I had trouble believing Jazz could so easily give her memories to Hunter.
While I definitely understand the desire to erase traumatic memories, it still felt selfish of Jazz to ease her burden by heaping it instead on someone she cared about. Hunter doesn’t feel the way I do about this. I didn’t want Jazz silenced; I wanted her to be able to share her story with someone. My only problem with this was with the choice to delete memories you don’t want by adding to the trauma of another person.
I balked and very nearly threw my Kindle across the room when a victim of child sexual abuse described their perpetrator as seducing them.
I wanted to know more about Dr Ru and his ‘treatments’, particularly how many other potential Hunters there are wandering around and if the side effects of the treatment differ between patients.
I was interested in spending more time exploring the changes that took place in people when their traumatic memories were removed and wanted to know the long term effects Hunter would experience by overloading his mind with other peoples’ trauma.
Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and DartFrog Books for the opportunity to read this book.