BOOK REVIEW by Birdies Bibliotheca Books

This one comes with a warning – a steamy suspense-ridden psychological thriller – think Silence of the Lambs meets 50 Shades and hold on tight! S C Cunningham writes with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes. Grab a glass of wine, close the bedroom door and read alone!

What happens when opposites attract – when a scorned childhood sweetheart grows into a gorgeous sexual tour de force – when a fun loving career girl, her racy girlfriends and insatiable lovers get caught in his revenge – when sex becomes a weapon, hearts become bait and straight tastes gay – when hi-flying careers, clandestine affairs and wannabe starlets are hunted by celebrity hungry press? Obsession, kidnap, murder… and he’s just getting started!


The Penance List by SC Cunningham starts out with a scene to make your toes curl.    I was hooked from the beginning, but rather disappointed shortly afterward.  Cunningham writes a great hook, and I couldn’t wait to dive into this book. However, I was somewhat disappointed in how long it took for SOMETHING to start happening.

This book quickly turned into a character study, where the reader is treated to the minutiae of daily life of 3 women interspersed with the flashbacks of the ‘villain’.  The story maintains a level of compulsion that is surprising.  I was drawn back to the story again and again, even when I was tired of the minor details; I wanted to see how David was worked into the scene.   I wanted to know what the connections were and just why we were being shown this particular character and point of view at this time.

The fact that all these characters are broken somehow just adds to the level of mystery.  You know who the villain is, but his reasons for doing what he does are the mystery and the thrill.    Cunningham slowly doles out connections, giving the reader the time to form their own conclusions and theories before she reveals the answer.  I want to say this book is slow, but it’s slow in a way that is palatable.  Once things start happening, though, they seem to build up steam rather quickly.  Even through the slow parts, though, Cunningham makes sure that there is a reason to keep reading.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a decent length and the character building is phenomenal.  I look forward to reading the next in the series!

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