4 Stars for House of Shame (There Was a House #4) by Caddy Rowland – #HumanTrafficking #MM @caddyorpims


Title: House of Shame(There was a House #4)
Author Name: Caddy Rowland
Publication Date & Length: October 2, 2014 – 211pgs


Book 4 (Conclusion) of There Was a House saga, a psychological thriller about revenge and redemption.

Phoenix has been plotting to devastate her captor and destroy his brothel of under-aged sex-trafficking victims ever since arriving at Rêve. But the beating he recently gave her over some bank accounts fans the flames of hatred into a firestorm. Now, to her delight, plans to accomplish exactly what she’s been hoping for are in place—and the results will be brutal. Even better, every depraved man using them for sex will be revealed for what they are to their family, friends, and business associates.

Phoenix, Jamie, and the other captives know the plans must play out flawlessly. Any unforeseen glitches will likely mean not only an end to escape, but of their very lives. However, perfection seldom exists. Something is bound to go wrong.

And when it does, Jamie will be left wondering if he’s just signed all their death warrants.

**Content Warning: This drama contains adult themes and scenes that deal with a difficult topic.

Themes, places, etc in this book: abduction,sex trafficking, violence to women, abuse of gays,women’s issues,gay issues, victimization, cost to society

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This is the conclusion to the There Was a House Series and what a conclusion.
It’s time. Time for Antoine to get what he deserves.
We finally learn what Phoenix’s plans are to get everyone out.. It includes the Peter Pan look alike and her brother!
Although I’d like to say I was completely surprised by how it all came together. I wasn’t. I had thought of how Antoine came to own Reve and then there was the way her brother played cards… and I was hoping that’d be how things went down..
There was a lot of other things that played out in the book though. Like getting revenge on all those who used and abused the girls (and Jaime) in the house. Or at least the worst of them. While I didn’t foresee how that one came around (not entirely anyway), I liked it. It was a surprise and I’d have liked that scene to have been extended and the cops gotten a little rough with the bastards.
I will say my absolute favorite part is when Miu overhears something she shouldn’t and uses the information she isn’t supposed to know to do some good. That instantly made her my new favorite character and the way she played it off. Beautiful.
I will say there really was a few things that stood out to me that kept it from getting a better rating. I thought the new information we learn about Antoine didn’t particularly fit his lazy persona (or even really his anger issues). Plus I felt like just like the other installments parts of the story were unnecessary and slowed the story down more than necessary.
All in all, a good conclusion to a good story.


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Caddy has always been a nonconformist. She likes to push the proverbial envelope when it comes to characterization and world building. Heroes have warts; villains have soft spots. Main characters don’t always learn their lessons because all too often we don’t, either. There isn’t always a happy ending, but sometimes there is. Otherwise she’d be predictable.

She writes for readers who like to think and feel; who like their stories to be raw, graphic, unpredictable, “real” and sometimes brutal. For readers who like their boundaries challenged; to be shown how rarely life decisions are truly black and white, but instead shades of grey.

Think of a carnival midway with books instead of rides. She asks you make sure you’re the minimum height if you plan on riding alone. You must also leave prejudices and inhibitions behind the entry gate. If you can’t, Rowland’s reads might be a tad much for you. Don’t worry. There are plenty of safer reads out there. Just step out of the line and find a more appropriate book for your reading enjoyment.

No, Caddy Rowland’s novels aren’t for everyone. But then again, they just might be for you.


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