DNF @ 20%

Family Business - Brett Williams

DNF at 20% and no rating because I do not rate DNF's.

I suppose I need to be better about researching books before I agree to review them. I prefer going in blind and reading reviews after I've read the book so as not to get my opinion tainted, or accidentally snatch a phrase and sometimes avoiding blurbs and reviews bites me in the butt. This is one of those times. I have to call this one quits. I can stomach almost anything but too much animal abuse is something that haunts me and this book is filled to the brim with it.

TW: Rape, Animal Cruelty & I don't know what else because I'm calling it quits at 20%.

The book moves and is decently written and it is expertly narrated by Joe Hempel but the content was simply too much for me. Call me a wuss, if you will, I can take it. I've read Ketchum's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR & Brite's EXQUISITE CORPSE & even J.F. Gonzalez's SURVIVOR (which I instantly regretted) but those books, as bleak and terrible as the acts were, weren't squishing the heads of puppies nor were they explicitly detailing a dog fighting ring. That is a level of bleak blackheartedness that I choose to avoid in my reading life at this point in time. 

So what is it about? A young woman decides to purchase a yorkie so she can dress it up and stick it in her purse and love it to pieces. She doesn't want to wait months to get a pup from a legit breeder and instead heads out to a remote address to purchase a pup from a backyard breeder. Things do not go well and the family of backwoods weirdos throw her in a cage. Horrible things begin to happen and I will let you use your imagination here because I made it to about 20% before I had to shut it off.

Your mileage may vary. As I said, I can't abide dog abuse and death very well having lived with so many sweet innocent souls in my lifetime and it's something I choose to avoid in my reading time.