Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A very dark read about psychological warfare and attraction: review of "Comfort Food" by Kitty Thomas (Free book)


Comfort Food Kindle Edition


I read a very dark book that is available for free on Amazon.

A young woman is a psychologist who wrote self help books and gives speeches on women empowerment. But one day - the beginning of the book - she wakes up and realises she is kidnapped. The kidnapper is a man who never speaks to her. She tries to find out why he kidnapped her and she hopes to be able to escape. Soon she realises that if she at least tries to do what he orders her she will be safe and have a good life while when she resists he will punish her by isolation in a bare cell with only the comfort food her mother used to give her: chicken soup.

She tells us a lot about her past and one of those stories may be the key to her behaviour. As a young girl a friend forced her into sex but somehow that was such a turn on to her that she kept masturbating to the memory of that event. So apparently she has something with being bossed.

Yes take a deep breath: there is a lot of sexual activity in this book but it is not something like Fifty Shades of Grey or that kind of apeshit.

I think the writer does a good job in trying to explain Stockholm Syndrome and a lot of other psychological things like the effects of always being regarded with pity due to a handicap, an emotional desert to grow up in, dealing with trauma, playing with people's minds etc.

But the end has me wondering so I plan to reread the last couple of chapters as people react there in a way alien to what I would do. And I wonder if she put herself in great danger there.

WARNING: Very explicit sex-scenes that certainly would not be everybody's cup of tea and if you have psychological problems I would stay clear of this book.

Nevertheless I thought it a very interesting read.


(AMAZON)
 "Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity. Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food is a tale of erotic surrender that explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.


REVIEWS:

" . . . dark, provocative, and glaringly honest . . ." H. Turley, Reader

" . . . beautifully written and exquisitely detailed . . . a brilliantly written book and I highly suggest it, if you’re up for the challenge." - mamakittyreviews.com

" . . . the most twisted form of psychological conditioning, I've ever read . . . will stick in your brain for days after you read it." - Kathleen Gresham, Reader"

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