Title: Stealing Innocents
Author Name & Publisher: Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 9, 2016 – 264 pgs
Those who dare to scratch the surface of ordinary, everyday life may be horrified to find a sick underbelly beneath—a nightmare world populated by villains and victims, predators and prey, where the rules of society no longer apply.
Where you’ll find people like Danny, the boy who sells himself to pay for his father’s gambling debts and ends up in a situation more twisted than he ever imagined. Or Troy, the cop whose obsession with saving a brutalized human trafficking victim turns deadly. Or Drew, the mental patient who begins to suspect his nightly delusions of abuse by his doctor are actually real. Or David, the cuckolded husband who decides the best way to get revenge is to seduce his wife’s barely legal son.
Stealing Innocents is an exploration of our darkest human impulses, where sex is power, love is horror, and there’s no such thing as a happy ending.
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NOTE: This collection contains edited second editions of three stories that were previously individually published, plus one all-new story, by Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites.
Triggers: Rape, suicide, pedophilia, murder, addiction, all the darkest things you can think of.
Let’s just say this is not a book for someone who likes HEA. There are absolutely none – not even a glimmer of hope for one. These are dark stories that, while short, are incredibly written.
It starts out with a bang and ends with a splat. Holy crap these were intense. I like dark as much as the next one and even these caught me somewhat off guard – but, not in a bad, icky way. I knew what I was getting in to before reading and Waites didn’t disappoint.
These were exactly as described – tormented, horrible, dark stories.
I like to tell stories. Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. They gotta work for it though. No free lunches on my watch.