Last time on RIM, I reviewed Cruel by Eli Wilde. Today, I’m going to talk about the next book in the Strangers in Paradise Trilogy, Four Days. When I talked about the first book, I compared it to the movie 8MM in that you only need to consume it once, and then never again. For most people, I’d say this holds true with Four Days. I just may pick this one up again sometime, though.
This book is both horrible and beautiful. What separates it from Cruel, for me, is that Emily is a grown woman when the events of the book takes place whereas Evan is a small child when his story begins. For me, that makes it easier for me to handle Emily’s story. This book is every bit as graphic as the last one, so if you have any triggers this is not the book for you.
What I appreciate the most about Wilde and DeVine is their ability to be graphic without being gratuitous. Violence, especially sexual violence, serves a purpose. It’s a horrible purpose, to be sure, but a purpose nonetheless. The writing is captivating and skillfully done. There’s also a commitment to the story. If at any time Wilde and DeVine would have hesitated or faltered in any way, the whole thing would have imploded.
Like Cruel, Four Days is a shorter book and is meant to be read in a single afternoon. This time, I devoured the book and was left wanting to know more. Dublin is the final book in the trilogy, and I don’t have a release date on that yet, but I cannot wait to get my hands on it. The first two books can be read as stand-alones, and they can be read in any order. I read them in their proper order, and it was neat to see the way the authors wove in those intersections.
If you read this book, or Cruel, stop back by and let me know what you thought.