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No Ordinary Girl
What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.
The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.
Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?
Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?
This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.
Please note: contains graphic content.
I do just want to point out that this particular novel contains scenes of graphic sex/violence. It is all relevant to the storyline.
Ok, now I’ve warned you, here are my thoughts on No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine.
Aimee and her best friend Kelly go on a night out, to one of the upmarket clubs in town. They are celebrating Aimee getting her dream job. What starts off as two young girls, having fun and enjoying their carefree lives turns into a dark, horrific & torturous nightmare that will stay with them forevermore.
Aimee awakes after her evening out, to find she has been locked in a metal container. Kelly is nowhere to be found, but Aimee is definitely not alone. As her memory starts to return it becomes clear, very quickly that the two handsome, charming and generous men they met in the club were not what they seemed to be. Aimee has been kidnapped, at this point she has no idea where Kelly is. As she starts talking to the others with her, it dawns on her that she’s not getting out alive. Now, does she sit there and wait for it to happen? or does she do all she can and fight for her life? This is when Aimee’s survival instinct kicks in and we start to see just how determined & resilient this young lady is, as she starts trying to work on a plan that will see her free.
The case of the missing girls falls on the desk of Detective Johnson. This is a poignant moment for the Detective, as it affects him personally. It reminds him of a point in his life, 2 years ago when his whole world fell apart. His own daughter, Anne, was taken. He knows who by. A group calling themselves The Gamekeepers. They provide women & men for those who have the money to pay to get what they want. To allow them the secrecy & anonymity to fulfil all their ghoulish & unearthly desires. And of course, the people running the show are clever enough to bury themselves deep underground and make sure they have expendables to take the rap for them. Detective Johnson, sees it as failure both professionally & personally, that he is still no closer to catching these people and brining them to justice. As a father, there has been no justice for Anne, who will always be his little girl. After disappearing without a trace, everything started to fall apart for Detective Johnson and to this day, he’s never really recovered from it.
What follows is a truly grim, macabre & gruesome story. A story of human trafficking, torture, sadism & murder. Oh yes! This gritty, and at times sinister thriller has it all. We see Aimee’s journey from the bottom, where she is stricken & broken to a place where she is confident in herself. She is focussed and determined to see her plan through with vengeance as her companion and retribution her bedfellow. There is no going slow with this book, the reader is put smack bang in the middle of it before the pages reach double figures. You are left with no doubt as to the graphic and explicit content that this story contains. The author has a gift for building up tension. The first half of the book, there were many times where I was reading through my fingers. I personally, am a horror fan and can deal with blood and gore well, but if you’re not used to it, this is your warning. What really got me though, was not the mutilation and torture, but the characters themselves and what they had to suffer regarding physical and mental abuse and rape. That was the part I found most hard to stomach. Really did make my insides flip. The storyline itself, whilst obviously a tough one, I feel it was a good one to tackle. Especially considering the current climate and what is happening all over the world. The author dealt with it extremely well. As already said, it starts off at a quick pace. Because of this, does it lose momentum? No! It absolutely does not. The pace actually picks up speed, and for me, this is where I struggled a bit. The first part of the book I really enjoyed (if that’s the right thing to say regarding this?) Well written, excellent character development and a clear line between goodies/baddies. The second half of the book though, I felt was a little too fast. It seemed to be all about the violence, rather than concentrating on the individuals. I personally felt (and this is just my own opinion here) that there was so much scope to further explore Aimee’s character. There was just a lack of detail here that spoilt it for me just a little. At times I felt like I’d jumped a few pages at a time. If this could be filled out a bit more this would be a solid 5 star read. Similarly Detective Johnsons character. I did like him and would have liked to find out a bit more about him. I’m hoping that there will be more books to follow featuring this character as I think there’s a lot more to come from him.
So, all in all, this is a good, solid debut novel. The author has an excellent grasp of telling a tale and isn’t afraid to take on hard issues and explore the darker side of life. A great start!
Cheryl Elaine was born in Germany but moved to Northern Ireland as a young child. She then moved to Yorkshire where she spent most of her childhood and this is where she currently resides with her husband and 3 daughters.
Cheryl Elaine is an avid reader and enjoys watching horror movies – the more gruesome the better! She enjoys travelling and socialising but also loves spending time at home with her family and her ever expanding menagerie which currently includes 2 dogs, a budgie, 2 fish and a rat called Rocky!
Website – http://www.cherylelaine.co.uk
Twitter – @CherylElaine15
Insta – cherylelaine15
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