Today it is my turn on the BlogTour Unfinished Business by S.C. Cunningham. It’s a mixture of erotic fiction and suspense, with a sexual predator as the main character. Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the bottom of this post to win a signed copy of Unfinished Business!
About the Author
British Author S C Cunningham (The Penance List, Unfinished Business and The Deal) creates psychological and paranormal thrillers with a skilled mix of fueled tension, dark humor, and pulsating sex scenes. Her works offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.
Cunningham writes what she knows. Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Deal, the first in the Fallen Angel Series. Twenty years later she crossed paths with a violent serial attacker, thus sowing the seed for her thrillers The Penance List and Unfinished Business part of The David Trilogy. She is currently working on Book III For My Sins.
An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of rock music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the Police – Wanted & Absconder Unit, Intelligence Analyst, Major Crime Team, Investigations Hub.
Having worked in the music to film industry, she writes with film in mind. The Penance List has been adapted to film screenplay.
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About the book
He loved being him… he got away with murder.
She loved being her… until she met him.
The steamy roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.
With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the hypnotic sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally Tara and her friends can relax, David is dead.
Laughter soon turns to fear when he communicates via Tara’s laptop that he is very much alive, knows their every move and is ready to finish what he started. He is among them, but who? He has a brand new face.
Tara has had enough, time to turn the tables and make him suffer. A woman unafraid of death is a dangerous thing. Has David finally met his match?
Unfinished Business is the second part of The David Trilogy, a story about obsession, revenge and inner pain. It features domestic abuse, child abuse and the dysfunctional relationships of childhood friends.
For anyone who hasn’t read the first part of the series, the book has a short recap at the beginning to get the reader up to speed with the story.
The author plays an interesting blame game when it comes to victim and perpetrator. Instead of lack of consent there is the question of whether the victim enjoys the sadism, thereby inviting it to happen in the first place. This is evident in David’s interactions as he is molested and then is forced to molest, but enjoys making someone his victim. When it comes to Tara the story also moves away from the rape to redefining it as consensual because she enjoyed it and feels attracted to her kidnapper.
Obviously this is a bold storyline, and perhaps one that plays into victim blaming too much. A victim isn’t culpable. It’s uncomfortable and perhaps has a lot to do with either the way the author thinks it actually is, it could be or is often perceived to be by society.
Another storyline was how uncomfortable Tara feels about the relationship between Helen and Josie, but clearly states that she isn’t bothered by her male gay friends. Perhaps a way of pointing out the hypocrisy and antagonism gay couples experience when it comes to same gender people.
Personally I wouldn’t put this in the genre of psychological thriller or suspense. You know from the get go who the villain or bad boy is, the trilogy is named after said psycho and there isn’t much suspense because David more or less tells you what he is going to do. This is erotica with a slant towards the darker side of sexual interactions.
There are graphic scenes and dialogues, so if that is something you steer away from as a reader, fair warning. If you like a more brusque and uncouth approach to sex, then this will be right up your alley. It is blunt and probably bears more resemblance to real life encounters, especially in regards to cybersex and sexting. Don’t expect any unicorn magic or candy floss moments.
I think the author brings a lot of the harsh realities of human behaviour and their thought processes together, and connects all if it with a fascination for base instinctual coupling and interactions. David’s magic member plays a leading role in the series.
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Buy The Penance List (The David Trilogy book 1)
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