Title – If You Dare
Author – Alessandra Torre
Publication Date – November 10, 2015
Series – Deanna Madden, #3
Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited new novel from A. R. Torre, author of the award winning erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E.
The rules are the same. I can’t open the door. I can’t leave. I can’t kill anyone.
The only difference is, I don’t set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years.
That’s the going term for murder.
I’ve been staring at my computer screen for some time now trying to figure out exactly how to describe how I felt about If You Dare by Alessandra Torre. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of this author’s writing; she has set the bar extremely high. That being said, I did like If You Dare, but I just didn’t enjoy this third installment of the series as much as I had hoped and expected to.
“I needed my four walls. My prison. My solitude.”
Deanna is still the crazed heroine that readers have come to know, probably even more so than usual. Her motivation to kill continues to be “Dexter-like”, but in a completely different way here. She is still very much the character that you can’t help but love, no matter how twisted she may be. Jeremy maintains that protective, eager hero complex; someone who wants to see the best in his partner, which I love. His qualities provide a little bit of sanity in an environment filled with abnormal urges and bits of chaos. I’ve wanted more from the other reoccurring roles in Deanna’s life, and If You Dare did quench a morsel of that thirst. It’s so hard to touch upon the plot or the characters without giving away spoilers, so I apologize for being somewhat vague.
“Power. I sometimes wonder if it is that, more than the blood, that I crave.”
While I felt that the writing was superb and the characters stayed true to the way Torre has molded them, the storyline fell somewhat flat for me. The aspects that held a lot of the appeal in the first book of the series seemed to be lost in If You Dare. It didn’t feel like Deanna was fighting her urges, nor was she ever locked away for an ample amount of time. Without that angle, it just didn’t have as big of an impact as the previous books in the series for me. Furthermore, the story is written in third person, which isn’t a bad thing, but with the switching of present and past time periods, it could sometimes get confusing. There were multiple instances where I had to stop and reread in order to understand whose eyes we were looking through. Finally, the ending also seemed quite abrupt. There was a lot of back and forth in the beginning to lead up to what felt like would be a big, exploding moment, and then it felt rushed. All of the heart-pumping action occurred in the last quarter of the book, and given the pace of the first two in the series, I expected it to be spread out more.
“I could play the part. I could walk the walk. I just didn’t know how to make it stick.”
Torre left the ending incredibly open, with some loose ties that I wish would have had some more of a solid resolution. Though I understood the purpose of leaving Deanna’s the way she did, there were a few other characters who were vital to If You Dare that didn’t feel even satisfactorily tied up. I think that some readers will absolutely love this installment of the Deanna Madden series, it just made me wish for more from Torre. If she decides to write another book about these characters, I would still absolutely dive into it.
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden, #1)
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Do Not Disturb (Deanna Madden, #2)
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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written nine novels, four of which became #1 Erotic Bestsellers.
Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, became a breakout hit, rising to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for her erotic thriller The Girl in 6E.
From her home near the warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.