Friday 10 June 2011

Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet

Caught In The Web
review by Maryom

A young woman kept locked in a luxurious mansion and forced into a life of prostitution for her captor's amusement, a failed bank robber hiding up after a heist gone wrong and a man kidnapped and chained up in a cellar... what could they have in common? Much more than you'd imagine.

Tarantula is a dark novel about one man's search for revenge and the lengths he will go to in achieving it. The three seemingly unrelated threads lead the reader through twists and turns to a neatly tidied up ending - unfortunately I guessed what was presumably meant to be an unexpected plot twist quite early on in the book which rather took the excitement and sting out of the denouement.

The cover of the book, and the reviews quoted there, had led me to expect Tarantula to be a much more twisted, perverted book than it is. There's no way you'd confuse it with happy chick lit but I'd rather braced myself for something totally obscene and unpleasant, whereas I didn't find it more horrific or explicit than, say, an average episode of Wire In The Blood. The bits I found most unpleasant were details of surgical procedures!

Tarantula is being made into a film by Pedro Almodovar, The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas and it should be interesting to see how it turns out on screen.

Maryom's review - 3 stars
Publisher - Serpentstail
Genre - Thriller, Adult

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other reviews: Winstonsdad's Blog

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