ISBN #: 978-0578108971
Page Count: 358
Copyright: August 20, 2012
Publisher: iibooks (1st Edition)
(Taken from back cover)
Kanaan is a magnet for sexual abuse, it seems. The book starts off with his being anally raped with a stick by the captain of his high school's football team. Then his stepfather rapes him after beating his wet, naked body with a belt. Later still, the neighbor cops a feel claiming he does it out of the loneliness he feels since his wife's passing.
I don't know if it's because of the rape or something else, but Kanaan is a mentally twisted individual. He holds his love-interest's hand as she dies from a car wreck, then she's alive with amnesia, then she's dead again in the corner of an old shack. His stepfather is alive, then chopped into pieces and thrown down a well then alive enough again to kill Kanaan's caretaker.
By the time I was halfway through this book, I wasn't sure what was real and what wasn't. I felt as if I was taking a twisted, acid-tripping ride through a Tim Burton creation. If a book is a reflection of its author, as I believe they are, then Mr. Hesse is definitely one twisted individual ... that I would like to meet.
What can I say ... I have a fondness for weirdness that makes me question reality.
*A physical copy of this book was provided through the tour promoter, Pump Up Your Book, for an honest review for this tour.