Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Book Review: Survival of the Fittest by C.L. Clarke

Survival of the Fittest (Romantic Psychological Thriller): Do you have the will to survive?

 By C.L. Clark
Publisher: C.L. Clark
Published: Sept. 14, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

"Love and Hate - A Thriller"
A story of one man’s descent into madness, the woman he wants to destroy, and the cop that saves her life as well as her heart!

One tragic childhood night, Gillian lost her father and her sight in a horrific accident. Blind and bereft, she was forced to endure the suffocating control of her over-protective mother until the day she was old enough to break free. With Garrett, her beloved Seeing Eye dog, at her side, Gillian made a simple, yet independent life for herself in a California coastal town. Strong of faith, lighthearted, and graceful, Gillian has never had reason to fear anything . . . until now.
A madman bent on ridding the world of "defects" has set his sights on Gillian. As he begins his horrific game of cat and mouse, each act of terror meant to break Gillian down, he must struggle with his own inner demons to hold himself together. Destroying Gillian may be the only way he can gain salvation . . . or at least lie to himself that he isn't falling apart and becoming a defect himself.
Rye, the homicide detective assigned to the case, wants nothing more than to catch the crazed killer who targets the handicapped. That was until he met the latest victim. Falling in love was never part of the plan. Now he must protect the only woman who ever captured his heart and stop the killer bent on her destruction, before it’s too late.
˃˃˃ In a game of cat and mouse, it can take all you've got to not be the mouse

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My Thoughts:

Gillian Parker is the target of a crazed killer who believes that “defects” should not be allowed to live. In his first attack, he merely terrorizes her by breaking into her apartment and rearranging her furniture so that when she returns from her walk to the beach with Garrett her guide dog she is totally confused by the arrangement of her belongings, knowing that someone has been in her apartment.

Rye Bryant is the detective assigned to the case and despite department protocol is immediately attracted to Gillian and asks her out to dinner after only a few days on the case.

Alex, the psychopath was once a gentle loving boy with a kind heart and a love for creatures whether they were disabled or not. His father however, beat that out of him, literally, instilling in him the concept that it is the survival of the fittest and animals with defects must be put down.

The third person point of view moves between Gillian and Alex so we have an awareness of what each is doing throughout the novel. We have the ability to see Alex’ state of mind and how it changed and developed while the characters do not.

We see Gillian and Rye’s characters and romance develop through the novel as they interact with one another and tell each other their life story. It takes a lot for Gillian to be comfortable enough with Rye to discuss her past. I felt that this book was more of a romantic suspense than a psychological thriller.

The twists and turns in the story brought additional mayhem to the residents of the town and almost killed Gillian before Alex wanted her dead. Ultimately, no one can answer the question of why Alex felt so much hatred toward this one particular person (Gillian) over all the other “defects” that he killed.

I liked seeing the change in Gillian’s relationship with her mother from what she described in the past to what it is now that she is an adult. Whether that was a result of Gillian’s perspective or of her mother’s mellowing is left to the imagination.

I also liked that the author has done some research into how blind people handle some of their life skills such as how to label their clothes and locate items at a table setting. The only thing the author missed is that blind or not it is appropriate to use the word look or see even if the blind person is using their hands to do so since the hands are performing the tasks of the eyes.

I very much enjoyed Survival of the Fittest. It is a book that holds your attention and keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next. I would recommend it to those who enjoy psychological thrillers and romantic suspense. I gave it 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

I am a voracious reader - so much so that I usually have more than one book going at any given time. Plus, I have the tendency to go back and re-read books that I enjoyed so much the first time. Honestly, can any true bibliophile not, at least on occasion, feel that pull to re-visit an old friend, even if it means popping back into the same part of their life they previously explored? Yes, I have also spent inordinate amounts of time pondering the possible outcomes or future dealings that my favorite characters might have continued past the pages where I first met them. With that in mind, how could I have not become a writer? In fact, I have been writing for as long as I can remember - poems, uplifting notes, a play or two, newspaper articles, short stories, novellas, and now novels. Some things have been well received and others not so much (just ask my children how they feel about the various "uplifting notes" I leave around the house for them). 

With regard to actual biographical information, well, I am one of 2.3 kids who grew up on a cul-de-sac in a house without a picket fence, but plenty of animals. I moved all over the country and beyond after graduating high school, meeting all manner of people in all sorts of places. I enjoy music, scrapbooking, and making the occasional comfort food, along with my constant reading. I tend to the Twilight Zone way of thinking and the "What's your fear? Let me write about that" kind of style. Although I like to explore the dark depths of the human psyche, I am generally a happy and pleasant sort of gal.

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Other books by C.L. Clark

Macabre Menagerie:  "12 stories that will make you squirm, cringe, and see the world in a darker, more disturbing way. A roller coaster ride of twists, turns, and thrills that are guaranteed to stay with you long after the stories end. With this variety of creepy, mysterious, and even sci-fi stories you're sure to enjoy the ride!"

Opening the Veil:  "Book One of the New Sight Series, a paranormal mystery series about a young woman whose eyes are opened to the hidden world around her and her compulsion to help the dead seek answers and justice."

A Brighter Light:  "Book Two of the New Sight Series - Cassie and Allie are back helping the spirits of Kensington Falls and someone new enters their world with secrets of his own."

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