The Light Between the Shadows by Tsukiko Spark
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
What to do with a vile person? Can he be treated (yes treated) of his malady? Being an asshole is a personality trait or mental sickness? If former is the case nothing can be done apparently but in second case it is treatable. This is the idiotic premise of this book as far as I understood.
Ben is a bid shot executive who is successful and a Casanova. He is megalomaniac. He is fond of screwing beautiful young girls. The girls who work for him also have to please him in kind. He doesn’t stick to one for long as he gets bored. So he keeps changing his assistants after some time (of course after using them physically). His friends and girl friend, Tina are also not safe from his barbs. Enters his new sexy assistant Shira and the same pattern seems to be repeated. Meanwhile a young waiter stands up to him and he demolishes him and his pride. Suddenly he found himself bound in a strange place. He is told by none other than Shira that he needs treatment. Then a kind of joke type treatment begins.
The book is pretty boring and repetitive. The whole section of his treatment is skippable. This is so outlandish and absurd that I stopped bothering about the same. It may be a metaphor of life (Shira is life and Ben is any one person on earth). Maybe. But the book is so shallow that I discounted that possibility. He is shown to be treated. Then all the convicts maybe treated. To top it all there is Stockholm syndrome also. This is an idiotic book which I totally failed to like.
I give the book 2.5/ 5 stars.
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Ben Brattler lives the good life at the top of the world! Ben Brattler, 29, is a handsome athlete who regularly practices Aikido (Japanese martial art). He lives the good life: lavish parties, fancy restaurants, and a dream job in his father's advertising company. The world is his oyster; nobody can resist him. Beautiful women fall at his feet, and he switches them and his personal assistants constantly.
But somebody close to him has had enough of his wild behavior...Just when Ben is scrambling to finish a work project so he can leave for a lengthy vacation, someone close to him decides to make a profound change in his behavior using a dubious, non-conventional therapeutic process. Ben wakes up in a strange place with his mind foggy, hands bound behind his back, legs cuffed, eyes blind-folded, and wearing only his Aikido pants.
Who could have done this to him? Ben goes crazy trying to figure out how he could have ended up this way. Who did this? His good friend, Fred, who wants him to learn to start making better choices? His father finally trying to discipline him? His mythical ex-girlfriend, Tina, who wants to rekindle their relationship? Somebody more sinister with ulterior motives?
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