BOOK REVIEW by Katies Book Cave Reviews

5 Stars

Katies Book Cave Review of

The Penance List


S C Cunningham


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!

My Review:

What an unsettling, disturbing and downright sexy ride this book is. Blimey, I need a cold shower and a cocktail after that! At first, I struggled to connect with The Penance List, I’m not sure why but I just didn’t seem to gel with it. However I stuck with it and I’m so glad I did.

From the first page, S.C Cunningham throws the reader in to the disturbing world that she has created between the pages. I don’t want to say anything about the plot as I found the brilliance of this book is best discovered in the relative unknown. The writing flows incredibly well and I quickly devoured the book, leaving me gasping for more.

We have some quite flawed and damaged characters to meet, at times I didn’t like any of them but there are a few that did grow on me. I found the characters to be wonderfully written, David especially. He’s a very sadistic and evil man who gets under your skin, at least he did for me.

This book had me looking over my shoulder one minute and gasping out loud the next. I didn’t know which way up my head was on occasions as I lost myself into this book. I’d advise to not read this book on public transport!

It’s sadistic, it’s passionate and it’s funny on occasion – it’s a mix that I wasn’t sure how it would work but my gosh it definitely does work! It’s not just about the gore and it’s not just about the sex, this book is so much more. It has depth, beautifully written words and it will leave you wanting more. I cannot wait to read the next two books in the trilogy.



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