Review: The Contradiction of Solitude by A. Meredith Walters

SYNOPSIS:The Contradiction of Solitude

You may notice me, but you will never know me.

I prefer it that way.

I am the daughter of a monster.

Born from blood and lies.

Dead before I have truly lived.

But Elian tells me that I’m different.

He tells me that I’m beautiful.

That I’m an enigma wrapped in irresistibly complicated skin.

Elian says that he loves me.

These words terrify me.

I can’t trust love.

Or hope.

Or truth.

Because I fear the beast inside.

It threatens to drown Elian and his sweet, unconditional love.

It’s a beast that will destroy everything.


I am having really conflicting emotions about this book. The author has graciously asked that reviews don’t contain spoilers and while I want to get into the specifics of what I did and didn’t like I will try my best to write a spoiler free review. This book is dark and twisted, and anyone who knows me knows that I love these kind of books. Some of my favorite reads are these types of books; however, this book was not on that level for me.

Up to about 50% I was absolutely in love with the story. It was a game of cat and mouse and I was gladly willing to the mouse. There is a dangerous dance taking place between Layna and Elian and I loved reading there interactions. I love watching the layers and acts peel off one by one. It was a beautifully written tango. Unfortunately, after 50% the story went down hill for me and felt dragged out. At 50%, secrets are revealed and revelations are made and I was honestly thinking, “What’s left in the story?”. I just didn’t like the direction of the book from there on. I absolutely detested the ending, not what I wanted, not what I hoped for. I understand why Walters did it, but I don’t have to like it. The book just simply didn’t do it for me, at least the second half.


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