Roberta Writes – Book review: Why?: A Complicated Love by Daniel Kemp and a promotional offer

I usually post about the Divine Comedy on a Monday, but as author Daniel Kemp has his book Why on promotion for the next few days and I have just read it, it am switching my posts around and will share about Canto 6 of the Divine Comedy on Wednesday. You can read Daniel’s promotional post here:

What Amazon says

Why? Is a story set in a web of despair, sex, unreachable emotion and love.One man’s crippling injuries, caused by an unprovoked, vicious attack, ruins the lives of everyone around him. This includes Terry Meadows, a nineteen-year-old boy who falls in love with the main character’s daughter Laura, twenty-seven years before the opening of the story.The twisted, interconnecting matrix in which Francis, Laura’s father, lives, destroys and distorts his daughter’s image of life beyond repair. It is a sad tragedy with an unexpected ending.

My review

Why is a most unusual romance between 19-year old Teri and Laura, the young and beautiful daughter of a crippled and vicious gangster. While out on the prowl one evening, Teri picks up an older woman of colour who invites him home for an evening of uncomplicated sex. Sammy is exotic and provocative, and Teri can’t resist. The evening doesn’t turn out as planned when Sammy’s daughter, Laura, and husband, Francis, turn out to be unexpectedly at home.

Teri is lucky to only be ‘carefully’ beaten by Francis’ henchman, Gary. After the two criminals depart, Teri is left with Laura who tells him how her father came to be crippled before she was born, and the details of the twisted sexual games he plays with his wife and her various lovers. Fascinated by Laura and attracted by the life of luxury Francis waves under his nose, Teri starts working for Francis.

Francis is a deeply disturbed and mentally twisted man who take a perverse pleasure in tormenting his already emotionally damaged wife. He is filled with rage and anger at everyone and the world in general, and deliberately tries to play with the minds and emotions of everyone he engages with. Sadly, Francis doesn’t exhibit a single redeeming feature and it is impossible for the reader to pity him, despite his terrible disability.

Laura is disturbed sole. She has a huge heart and lovely personality which is what draws Teri to her. The mental abuse she has experienced her whole life due to her father’s inhuman behaviour and her mother’s bizarre sexual activities are a huge burden on her shoulders. Laura is a victim and her story is compelling. It is impossible not to root for Laura and hope that she is able to conquer her past and many psychological traumas.

Teri is young and misguided at the beginning of this story. He is easily influenced by promises of sex and money and has little conscience about going after both. His character experiences the most growth in this story as he goes from an impetuous and naive youngster to a man who wants to change his life’s path and give his children a better future.

Why is an excellent and complex story which exposes the hypocrisy, debauchery, and corruption that plagues the lifestyles of the world’s most wealthy and influential people.

Purchase Why?: A Complicated Love

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Daniel Kemp Amazon Author Page

40 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Book review: Why?: A Complicated Love by Daniel Kemp and a promotional offer

  1. I know Daniel is an excellent author, I don’t think this one is for me, but I wish him well. It sounds like a complex tale, and I’m sure he’s handled it deftly.
    Insightful review, Robbie!

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