Senin, 03 Maret 2014


OMG, I can't help myself with these audiobooks. They are the sequel audiobooks of Consequences, Truth, Convicted written by Aleatha Romig. You should listen them in that order to understand the full story.

If they can successfully evoke any emotion from me then the story must be good. And that's why they deserves credit form Blog Yuefang, and I love to share on my blog rather than just share my review at Audible.

The first few hours of Consequences made me felt chill to the bone. I was wondering and also hoping that this is just an imaginary story about abused woman. The story is beyond my depth; I recognized Stockholm syndrome. I truly couldn't understand how a woman who has been kidnapped and abused ruthlessly physically, mentally, and hold on....also sexually, those actions are truly unspeakable, but somehow those action could evolve and become love to her captor. Unbelievable!!!!!

Is this woman some kind of stupid or just stupid! Why on earth didn't she consider to leave when he offered to release her, instead she accepted his proposal of marriage???? Was that just because she didn't know where to go or what to do without him? Oh God this Stockholm syndrome really serious!

After they got married, they went for honeymoon and appeared as happy couple, but soon I recognized domestic abuse. I can't help feeling anger, helpless, and a bit sympathy for her,  just... a bit, because in my perspective I won't enter the matrimony and felt ease with a man with the history of nearly death accident, isolation, physically/mentally/sexually violence, domineering, manipulating, and over controlling nature. 

But then I fully understand the reasons when I listened the complete sequels. There's old vendetta involved, so these whole story is about revenge ha.... I see, you may say.  At the end of the story I shamely fell in love with the author, she's so brilliant. She had successfully provoked my anger during the first sequel, and at the end of the sequel she gave me the sense of justice. No villain goes unpunished!

Although reluctantly I had to admit that Tony and Clare should be together. But again this is just an imaginary story, you should read/listen with discreet. That's why at the last sequel there's psychiatrist, doctors, counselor involved. The psychiatrist asked our heroine Clare to write down about her thoughts, feelings, etc .... again psychiatry is beyond my depth, but in my opinion to prove her sanity to maintain her awkward relationship with Tony.

Good Gracious I don't want to be misled about what love or good and healthy relationship should be. But somehow I know a little bit about domestic abuse, many of the victim feel helplessly emotional dependent to the husband. I could recognize it on Clare too. And I also knew some horrible real cases about kidnapping and raping ever happened to women and published widely e.g. Manohara, Elizabeth Smart.

So I think maybe Aleatha Romig inspired by these stories then added some twists and turns and dramas, then the books/audiobooks turned out a good choice for mystery and thriller lovers. 

And I also found the similarity with Jane Eyre, that she couldn't love another man better than Mr Rochester that actually had deceived her into bigamist marriage. As Clare Nichols still chose Tony over Harry Baldwin whose personality the opposite to Tony's. Does it mean girls always into bad boys rather than good/nice boys?????

If you ask my opinion about how Clare should turn out to be?
Well my opinion about Clare's character is more reasonably brave and smart to escape from her captor. My idea is that Clare turned out as strong and confident like Lara Croft. But that would make different story!

What if the story make into movie?
The answer would be yes and no. No because I'm afraid the movie would provoke anger and disbelieve especially from women that Clare shouldn't end up that way without fighting for her life on the first sequel.

Yes if the scenes of Clare was being sexually and physically abused not appear too graphic. I couldn't stand watching it.

At last, if you ask me how much I like the book/audiobook and the narrator?
Despite the flaws of the story, I love the story! They deserve 5 stars from me. Even though I always consider abusive men should beheaded or be hanged.

About the narrator, I love Romy Nordlinger. She did a great job and bring the story to life, and at the same time she drew me in and made me felt the horror and also curious. The curiosity made me continue to listen the next sequel, because the first sequel had made me a little bit paranoid.

I'm too picky for some mystery and thriller genre. That's why I don't like zombies, vampires and I never into the sequel of Scary Movie if you know what I mean :) But I'm glad I gave these sequels a try, you should too but please only with discreet.