Hope for the Wicked is not a happily-ever-after book. The story and the characters are humorous and tragic at the same time. This is not a book for children, teens, the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach. The humor is often dark and the story hinges on revenge, deceit, graphic torture and murder scenes, and sexual abuse – often violent – of children and adults. Despite the dark nature of the story, a little bit of hope does shine through in the end.
The interaction between Larry and Mo, as a married couple and as business partners in an unusual line of work, is excellent. Lorn effectively conveys, through dialogue and action, the connection and tension that both those relationships would create in any couple. All his characters have a “real” feel to them. Most are sleazy enough that you’ll feel the need for a shower after being “in their presence” for a while. You’ll also experience all their emotions – love, lust, disgust, rage, fear, agony, and loss – as you follow them deeper into their wickedness.
Lorn’s writing is straightforward and flows in a way that makes the book hard to put down. The short length, the writing, and the near-constant action make this a good one-sitting read. For those who love dark, gritty thrillers, Hope for the Wicked is a must-read.
3.5 of 5 Stars
Published January 2013 by Red Adept PublishingEdward Lorn's Website