** Please note that this short story (around 8K words) is a SEQUEL to Mean: A Psychological Thriller Novelette and My Sore Hush-a-Bye. Do not read it before these books if you don’t want those stories to be spoiled! **
Cassandra Connelly and Camille Marie Jones: two women who suffered unthinkable child abuse. Their lives were forever stained by their ordeals during their childhoods.
The way they reacted to it, however, was completely different.
Five years after the events of Mean: A Psychological Thriller Novelette and My Sore Hush-a-Bye, see what happened to Camille and Cassandra, and how they will react when facing one another.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gritty psychological thriller. April 26, 2013
I have never read a story like this before where characters from different books meet and form another story so I was slightly unsure about the concept, however this was very cleverly written and worked well.
It was interesting to see how Cassandra’s character had developed since Mean and I was actually left feeling completely different about her than I did in Mean, without spoiling the story any sympathy I had for her in Mean was discarded.
Camille remains a strong character and her character has also been well developed.
I enjoyed this and hope it is not the last I read about Cassandra and Camille.
(The Kindle Book Review)
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So as you have all probably figured out by now I truly just adore everything Renata writes. Her writing is brilliant and Merge is no different. It is the sequel to her two first books, MEAN: A psychological thriller and My Sore Hush-A-Bye, both of which I have reviewed and loved. So if you haven’t read those you will need to before you read Merge or you will be totally lost. Now that I have clarified that! Let me express my feeling for this book!So in my review for My Sore Hush-A-Bye I wrote about how people need to realize the deeper effects of child abuse and really look at that. Well in this book Camille is doing a thesis on the `Criminal effects of child abuse’ I was really blown away. I love how Renata has Camille focusing on that and moving on in the right direction with her life. It takes the reader in a great direction.
At the end of My Sore Hush-A-Bye, I really wasn’t sure which way Camille was going to go. I was worried she wasn’t going to make anything of herself; she was in such a deep state of denial for so long about Bob. However I loved this continuation of her story and where her career choice has taken her,
I adore the fact that Renata did a story with Cassandra and Camille together, it was completely brilliant and it was blended together flawlessly.
Cassandra has changed completely from her book MEAN, she has completely given up her calm reserve and let the mean overtake her. That was rather interesting to read. The damage to her cannot be undone it seems.
The ending to this book just left me hankering for more. What a thought to leave you with! I won’t say what but I assure you, it will mess with your mind and those are my favorite kind of books. Another fantastic book from an amazing author!