*My thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy*
About the book:
The storm of ’87 had been the greatest, most ferocious storm to have hit Britain in centuries. The suffering that ensued was plentiful, but none more so than that of little Matthew Mason, whose parents were brutally murdered in the midst of the storm by a homeless man desperate to find shelter.
After 25 years of torment, Matthew is released from a mental institute under the watchful eye and care of Tammy Atkins, a care worker with a secret history of alcohol abuse and self-harm.
As Matthew struggles to adapt to his new found liberty, he finds himself continuously plagued by the demons of his past. Haunted by strange and ghastly images and urges, Matthew sets himself upon a path of vengeance; determined to seek out his parents’ killer and put his demons to rest once and for all.
I had no idea what to expect when I started The Damaged as I hadn’t looked at the synopsis before I started reading so I essentially went in blind!
The Damaged is part thriller, part horror I think, whether intended or not. Some parts of this book are downright creepy! The main characters, Matthew and Tammy are interesting in their own way! Matthew for more obvious reasons.
I found myself feeling uncomfortable on more than one occasion while reading, and in a way that’s a good thing because it means the book is affecting in some ways. It deals with mental illness, trauma, and inevitably, murder. None of these are easy topics to deal with.
The book flowed reasonably well, with quite an interesting storyline. I think that the reason I didn’t warm to it was that the horror element just didn’t suit me. It’s not usually a genre I tend to read, and when I’m not expecting it I get thrown out of my comfort zone.
I’m sure for horror readers The Damaged is probably quite tame, but for me, it was enough to make me unsettled. However, it was still a good read. One that I would recommend if you like your thrillers on the dark side!