, May 06, 2014
(view all comments by Rodney Wilder)
This book is a startling account of one's struggle against the substances and influences that are striving to conquer that person and those in her life. No punches were held in showing the terrible power and potential of substances and drugs to destroy, making this a startling Danteic trip through one's seemingly infinite Hell.
One of the things that sets this story apart from the many drug-terror stories is the supernatural aspect. A brilliantly crafted metaphor runs the duration of the novel; the tangible forces of destruction that the protagonist is constantly vying against and resisting are given a spectral twin just as horrendous in a completely alien, inveterate will that would see Angie, the protagonist, dead and gone along with her bloodline. The reader can't help but begin to feel asphyxiated and panicked for Angie as she spirals down into the dregs of a life she is so vehemently trying to escape.
This is a story of death and resurrection, of will and resignation. Awfully painful yet greatly inspiring.