Official Review: Dead Inside by M Mathews

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Official Review: Dead Inside by M Mathews

Post by dhomespot » 10 May 2018, 00:32

[Following is an official review of "Dead Inside" by M Mathews.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Dead Inside by M Mathews is a book about a young woman overcoming events that most people would have a hard time surviving. I would classify it as action and/or thriller and geared toward anyone over the age of 17. I would say that there may need to be a trigger warning on this book as it does deal with rape, kidnapping, and torture.

Janmarie is a young woman in college that has finally found a guy that she is willing to date. However, their first date goes horribly wrong and thus her nightmare begins. Janmarie is tortured, raped, and starved in order to try and break her spirit so that she can be sold. She is held with two other girls but does manage to escape. This is not a spoiler. This all happens in the first part of the book and there is way more to the story.

After Janmarie is rescued, she has to learn to live a new life in the witness protection program. She can not have any contact with friends or loved ones and is still trying to recover from her ordeal. The question then becomes if she can learn to trust again and find love. I do have to say that Luke is one of my favorite characters in this book. I think he is everything that we look for in a loved one: kind, patient, understanding, you get the drift.

I really liked the plot and story outline in this book. It does deal with dark subjects and makes you wonder about people’s humanity and how they became so evil. I had a hard time putting the book down because I was caught up wanting to know what was going to happen next. There were times that I would think I was coming to the end of the book and there would be a twist or new development. This book definitely does not follow the standard pattern that you see in most books.

I give this book 2 out of 4 stars because there are numerous errors that take away from the story. This book does not look to be professionally edited. Some of the wording is stiff and looks like it is being written in a journal. An example is the sentence “Don’t think I would have accomplished my studies if Carl and I were alone.” I think if some editing were done, this would be an awesome book.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 10 May 2018, 22:34

If the synopsis stated is not considered to be a spoiler and that the reviewer claims there is more to this book, OMG! I guess there is a healing process and a lot difficulties that a raped individual goes through. Such a sad affair to deal with but it also reflects the reality of that individual. I feel sorry for her but yes this to takes place for real in society. A guy comes close to a girl, befriends her acts as a loving boy friend and that she is his only world, but finally rapes her in a room and sells her to other men or to a human trafficking ring. This is just raw reality! Thank you for summoning that up in your review!
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Post by SABRADLEY » 11 May 2018, 03:32

To think that she survived such a horrendous ordeal only to lose all contact with her loved ones upon rescue is tragic. I think I'll steer clear of this type of premise for now. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by kdstrack » 11 May 2018, 06:37

Thanks for your review. This sounds like a strong book that deals with some difficult issues. Think I`ll pass. I appreciate your effort to read and review this book and your excellent writing. Nice job.

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Post by kandscreeley » 11 May 2018, 08:13

This book sounds a bit too dark for me to begin with. I have a hard time dealing with scenes of torture, kidnapping or rape. Add to that the number or errors, and I'm going to have to pass. Thanks for the review, though.
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Post by Libs_Books » 11 May 2018, 11:51

Although I know people trafficking is an important issue, but I feel too many books focus on the rape and torture of women. I take your point that a lot of this is about the recovery process, but it makes me uneasy. Your review was really helpful, thanks, but I'll pass on this one.

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Post by teacherjh » 11 May 2018, 14:44

This sounds intense and much deeper than the cover led me to believe. Thanks.

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Post by Jamasenu » 11 May 2018, 19:28

It sounded like such a good story only to have uncompleted editing to ruin the book. However, the plot was revealed and did you understand what the author was conveying from the story? Did reading about the sex slave trade change the way you feel about certain things? You conducted a pretty good review and I applaud you for trying to get past the errors to enjoy reading the book. :music-rockon:
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Post by gen_g » 15 May 2018, 09:10

Thank you for the review, it seems like an interesting read!

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Post by NL Hartje » 20 May 2018, 14:50

I recently read a very poorly executed book about a life in the witness protection program and it's unfortunate that this seems to fit the same bill. I was excited at the start of your review because I honestly think it would be a story I (and many) would enjoy! Oh well, maybe someday we'll get a winner!
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