“The life you live in as an author is nothing but lies. The men you create, the men you read, it’s all bullshit. I never understood your need for it when you have me.”
Wow! What an emotional journey this book turned out to be. It rarely happens for a book to leave me speechless, but this one really did. I finished this book several days ago and I’m still thinking about it, not only because it was real, raw or taboo, but also because it was one of the most tough-provoking books I’ve read so far. “Author Anonymous” was pure and simple captivating. It was addictive, enthralling, shocking, scandalous, suspenseful, sexy and it totally blew me away. The story was fantastically and cleverly written and told in such a gripping way you will not want to put it down for one minute. It was compelling from start to finish, but I have to tell you, it left me so emotionally drained.
“Life is messy, and you can’t compare reality to fiction because you’ll always wind up disappointed.”
‘Author Anonymous’ tells Victoria’s (Tori) story, a woman in her thirties who seems to have everything a woman wants – a great house, a wonderful husband, two adorable children and a job she loves. She’s a successful romance author, married with Landon, who she met in college. She loves her family and her job, who occasionally provides her an escape, which she loves, but she’s not fully satisfied with her life. With each and every day she’s more and more convinced that something is missing from her life. Tori’s life completely changes when she creates an account on a fetish social network. In a very short amount of time the fines lines between reality and fantasy are blurred and Tori’s life is completely shattered.
“In a single breath, my whole world changed.”
Apparently this book is based on a true story. I don’t know if it’s really true and to be honest now that I finished I don’t really care. This story was too well written, too addictive, too f@cked-up in a very good way for me to care about this aspect. The raw and poetic writing, the scandalous, taboo, controversial theme, the suspense that held me at the edge of my seat consumed me from beginning until the end.
‘Author Anonymous’ is not for the faint-hearted. It’s raw, it’s extremely honest, it’s intoxicating. Every single one of these characters we meet in this story was well portrayed and every single one of them felt real to me. Their story will make you cringe, will make you angry, will frustrate you as hell, will simply make you feel.
“This is black and white. This is right and wrong. This is now a deeply carved line in stone that I’m about to cross.”
Tori was a character I didn’t relate with at all. I didn’t understand why she wanted something MORE and why she chose to mess her life up in such a way. I admit, I judge her. I think everyone who will read her story will do that at some point into the story. But I’m wondering…do I have the right to judge her? After all, I’ve never been in her situation…
I know her story can be anyone’s story, but the way she handled everything and the numerous times she lied infuriated me to say the least. She angered me so damn much, she almost disgusted me, she broke my f@cking heart so many times as the story unfolded. She was immature, irresponsible and one of the most self-absorbed characters I’ve read about in a long, long time, but I must admit – I pitied her. Also, I have to say I didn’t sympathize with her at all…at some point into the story. Needless to say I didn’t root for her at all. I really wanted, but I simply couldn’t. In my humble opinion she didn’t deserve her husband love and commitment and she didn’t deserve her best friend loyalty.
All in all, ‘Author Anonymous’ was a fantastically written compelling story that you don’t want to miss if you want to read something different, something raw and real, something that for sure will screw with your head.
“Love is not the same as obligation.”