The Empathy Series by Ker Dukey
When it comes to the start of a new series, there are two ways you can play it – or at least I think there are, you can lure the reader in and slowly piece by piece reveal the fruits of your labour or if you’re Ker Dukey you can smack your readers right between the eyes with a story and characters that will knock them on their ass!!
This is Ker Dukey at her indefinable best!
So let’s get on to what the book is about, I’ll start with Melody.
A well healed, beautiful young woman who although only being 19 years old, she has experience pain and heartache. Melody is in college but her life is destined to change and to shortly turn in a direction that she could never have though possible.
Returning home should have been straight forward but then again, this is Ker Dukey we are talking about!
The other main character is Blake and he blew my mind!
He is all kinds of crazy, a product of a childhood that was completely screwed up. He is plagued by some gigantic demons and just beginning to understand the intensity of those demons was emotionally draining.
I really felt for him from the age of 18 he has been irrevocably changed and while he has learnt to accept that, it doesn’t mean that now at the age of 25 living with it gets any easier.
But his life changes completely when he meets Melody.
I could say so much about this book but I think I would be doing you a disservice, this is the start of a series that is destined for greatness.
Empathy, should be read with an open mind, so check any preconceptions in at the front cover and open the book and your heart and mind to the masterful deviancy that only Ker Dukey can guide you through… it is glorious – so enjoy the ride!!!!!
This is Ryan’s story and what a story it is.
If you have read Empathy then this is the story that you have been waiting for since the conclusion of that novel, if you haven’t then please stop now and read it!
Ryan has spent almost twenty years locked in the psych facility, if they thought keeping him there would change him then they are sorely misguided but then again what did you expect?
Blake and Melody are leading what they can call fairly normal lives, until the day that Blake learns that Ryan has been released. He makes a decision not to tell Melody about Ryan but to monitor Ryan’s movements as best he can., never a good move keeping stuff from the missus Blake – because the rift it can cause has the potential to be catastrophic.
But Melody has her own worries, she senses that her daughter Cereus is pulling away and with the issues that are pulling her marriage apart, she is at breaking point.
After gaining his freedom, Ryan has fixated on Cereus. And I think my favourite fruit-loop gets more than he bargains for when he discovers that she is a lot like him.
Ryan was a belter of a character – a no holds barred head- case!! Please don’t get your hopes up that he is suddenly joined the happy brigade because believe me you may be disappointed. His madness is just glorious too read, he had me captivated!
His language and mannerisms were just pitched to complete perfection – he really didn’t give a damn what other thought of him and gave no quarter with regards to the devastation that he left in his wake wherever he goes.
The book is quite possibly in a class of its own or perhaps I should say that Ryan is definitely in a class of his own!!
Superb Ker Dukey – simply superb!!