My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In this first installment of the exciting new psychosexual thriller, The Flesh Cartel, orphaned brothers Mat and Dougie Carmichael are stolen in the night from their own home. Taken to a horrifying processing facility, they are assessed, microchipped, and subjected to unspeakable brutality—all in preparation for sale to the highest bidder.
I can’t say I wasn’t warned. In fact, The Flesh Cartel comes with a list of warnings, which you should read to decide if The Flesh Cartel is going to upset you. I’ve been curious about this series for a long time, given as it is outside the realm of romance and more of a thriller. So, was it for me?
I don’t know. I can’t say it’s not an incredibly difficult read. The rape and abuse depicted was nothing to blink at, described as it was in minute detail. It made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. Yet I can’t help thinking that was the point. My inner sense of concern for these young men is what led me through this, wanting to know if Mat and Dougie will get themselves out of their terrible predicament. I can’t say I don’t want to read more, as I was incredibly gripped by this, but it’s going to be something I have to read slowly, when I’m in a tougher mood.
The writing itself is excellent and the authors don’t flinch at describing terrible acts. Matt and Dougie have distinct and well-fleshed out personalities which are sure to come into play during their ordeal. The serial format suits this story perfectly because there’s only so much the reader can take at one time. I like these two young men and want to see where their story goes, but it will have to be in bite-sized chunks.