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  • Tense and ominous building to an explosive ending

    Short chapters and alternating perspectives make this fast paced and easy to read in a sitting or two. The tension slowly but constantly built and the overall tone was ominous and foreboding. I knew that something explosive was going to happen and was just waiting for it to detonate. I have to say that I did predict what would happen pretty early on but it didn’t impede my enjoyment of the build up at all. If anything it made me even more eager to get to the finale which felt inevitable. I’d like to be a better person but I’m apparently terrible and I got the ending I anticipated and had hoped for. It may have been predictable but it was oh so satisfying! The characters are for the most part awful people, to the point that I didn’t feel bad when horrible things happened to them. This is the kind of book where you have to embrace all the worst impulses in yourself and just let your evil freak flag fly. Enjoy the nastiness, revel in the manipulation, and embrace the betrayals. This is like watching one of those old day time talk shows that always ended in name calling and some sort of physical fight. You just keep eating your popcorn and are thankful that particular mess isn’t your life. The same kind of voyeuristic urge is satisfied by “Temper” although in a much more refined and highbrow way. If you find the misery and anguish of others amusing then this book is for you. I generally do not enjoy this intense level of schadenfreude but for some reason this book drew me into its smothering embrace and wouldn’t let me go. After a while I didn’t want to be let go. This psychological tale reveals just as much about the reader as it does about the characters and you might not like what you see reflected back at you. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and Gallery/Scout Press for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

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