The Connors are your All-American dysfunctional family. Carolyn, the matriarch, is a hard-drinking single mother with no desires to be a ‘sitcom mommy.” Elizabeth, her seventeen-year-old daughter, is a Goth dressing, snarky teenager who lives to protect her baby sister and to find love. Precocious Emily, twelve, is the peacemaker of the family saddled with issues of her own. Enter Dennis Rask, a charming rogue who insinuates himself into their family and brings them together as a self-appointed messiah – becoming loved by Carolyn, idolized by Emily, and accepted with reservations by a suspicious Elizabeth. Little do the Connors know, Rask has united three families before them, with every unit destroying themselves from within by his hellish machinations. Rask views the Connors as a hobby – a game – which has left no survivors in the past.
Divisive starts the reader off at the end of their story. Detective Frank Bostick attempts to unravel the reasons behind a tragic event in the Connors house, resulting in a ‘supposed’ death, a ‘questionable’ overdose, and a brutally ‘perceived’ attack of Rask by one of the members. Switching back between the past, and the present, Divisive ensnares the reader in a thriller that goes back several years in the life of Dennis Rask until ending in a grim battle for the soul of the one he has hand-picked to be his ‘Queen.”
5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge of my seatNovember 16, 2012
I know this is a cliche, but I literally could not put this book down. It had me right from the very first chapter. I am a fan of psychological thrillers and suspense, and this is about the best I’ve read.
The character drawing is superb. The villain is Dennis Rask, a nasty piece of work, finely drawn and oh-so convincing as a master manipulator and psychopath. The detective, Bostick, is likewise very well fleshed out and in his case, is a wonderful, likable character. I’d love to see Bostick star in his own television series. I very much enjoyed the way that the reader is kept up with how Bostick’s mind works at all times. We follow his intuition about Rask and the initial crime scene, and then his deductive processes.
Divisive follows the machinations of the evil Rask. Carolyn Connor, the mother, has a difficult and antagonistic relationship with her daughters Elizabeth, a Goth seventeen year old, and Emily, a twelve year old. Rask worms his way into their lives and charms all three soon-to-be victims by means of his frightening skills of psychological manipulation. As Divisive unfolds, we are given insights into the mind of Rask, and find that the Connors are not his only victims: far from it. Yet Rask is not your standard serial offender; we are given profound insight into his thought processes and what drives him, even his unfolding and somewhat bizarre relationship with Elizabeth. I particularly liked the way in which we are also given insight into how Elizabeth struggles against the truth. I found this most realistic.
Divisive is a page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is far from predictable, so much so, in fact, that I had a hard job not turning to the end to see what would happen.
This is good, long book, yet not once was I bored.