‘Caged’ was not my first book by this author and for sure it won’t be my last. D.H. Sidebottom delivered a dark, gritty and even disturbing read for some readers, that will keep you at the edge of your seat and will blow your mind with some intriguing twists and turns. This book is not for the faint of heart. It’s disturbingly graphic, it’s erotic and it’s unputdownable! I was engrossed in this story from the very beginning and I honestly couldn’t put it down.
“I’m going to make you understand me. All of me. Every ounce of the darkness that no one, not even you, can fix.”
Judd Asher was abducted and held captive when he was just four years old. Twenty-one years later he is found alive living in a basement of an isolated farmhouse. Jude suffered serious abuse, both mentally and physically, now being very repressed. He doesn’t speak, he’s violent and he has no social skills. Taken to a mental support facility Judd meets Kloe Grant. Kloe is fascinated by Judd, the patient, but also Judd, the man.
“He was buried inside me. He’d climbed inside me with that stare and embedded himself into my soul.”
She wants to help him, not only because he feels sorry for him, but also because she feels a strong connection with this damaged man. Judd died a long time ago, becoming someone else, Anderson Cain. The relationship between Kloe and Anderson changes with each and every day. Kloe is forced by certain circumstances to abandon Anderson even if doing that is breaking her heart.
Four years later Judd is a changed man. He’s a cage fighter in a world where violence and crime are the only way to keep breathing. He still thinks about HER, she never stopped haunting him in these four years she last saw her. His feelings for her changed in the moment she decided to walk away, to break her promises. She took the only shred of hope and trust he had left and annihilated it and for this he wants her to pay. A chance encounter brings Anderson to Kloe’s door and from that moment everything changes.
‘Caged’ was filled with suspense, action and steam and held me captive the entire time. The story is divided in two parts, both of them fast-paced. While the first part made me sympathize with these two characters, the second part kept me intrigued and made me question these characters’ mental health. No kidding here, people!
The plot was fascinating from the start, layered, intense and the multitude of twists and turns kept me hooked and, if I’m being honest, f@cked with my head a little.
“How fucked up were we?
How sick and depraved could we go? Would we go?”
Both Kloe and Anderson were well portrayed, complex characters. Anderson’s past really broke my heart. He was treated like an animal for so many years, he was so damaged and his struggles were painted in a very realistic way. Even if I didn’t totally like his character because his decisions made me mad and made me cringe at times I found his character to be really fascinating. He was more damaged than I thought he is, but in some crazy way he was “perfect” for our heroine. Kloe is not exactly who she pretends to be. Not really! She struggles with some things from her past as well, being as damaged and twisted as Anderson. Their unconventional relationship’s development was not exactly done in a typical way and like every aspect of the story was strange and crazy.
“She was like a wild bird, created to soar in the wind and the sun, and the rain if she chose to. And I kept her in a cage, on a little perch, locked away from what she craved…”
Like I mentioned above the story is pretty graphic and all the sex scenes in this book are erotic in a very disturbing, violent way.
If you are looking for a dark, twisted read that will keep you guessing right till the end, look no further!