My most recent read is a compelling and disturbing book
Divisive by John Tucker
Blurb: 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.”
My Review: This more than the usual thriller. The author weaves a disturbing main character in Dennis Rask. Spurred to his own acts of revenge against a dysfunctional mother he sets out to take his act on the road. Being lucky enough to win the lottery and ease any financial worries each time he drifts into town and insinuates himself into another broken set of lives the chaos gets grimmer. The latest set of conquest the Conner family leads to more emotional ties than he really wants but does lend him a Queen in the making. The police antagonist seems to be the first challenge he has met on his quest. He plays a masterful game and you almost cheer him on sometimes as some of his victims seem so deserving. The book does get a little long winded in the middle but it was a very good read and I would recommend it to any one who likes this type of a dark thriller. I give the book 5 stars.