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Review : Ghost by A. Zavarelli

***ARC Provided by the Author for an Honest Review***

I’m going to be honest from the onset and tell you all that Ghost by A Zavarelli is a very dark, disturbing book that is not for everyone. It is not for the faint hearted.

Just the blurb itself gave you an insight into what kind of story it was going to be, but nothing will prepare you for what you will read. It’s a very powerful account of a girl named Talia who spends much of her childhood in foster homes, only to fall for the charms of man who will ultimately destroy her body, mind and soul. Dragged unwillingly in a life of extreme sexual slavery, and so much worse, Talia becomes but a shell. Nothing more than a toy for the more depraved versions of the human race. 

Alexei is yet another tortured soul, a powerful man who is part of the Mafia and the one Talia’s friend Mack goes to for help retrieving her. My thoughts on this character had me wanting to mother him, and slap him across the back of the head to get him to see what is going on around him.

Every little thing that these two character go through, and the steps they take, as they attempt to rebuild their lives around each other, is so intense that it will leave you heartbroken, and teary.

Although there are two previous books in this series, I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything vital. I would probably recommend reading them though because I think it would be good to know more about the other characters around Talia and Alexei.

A Zavarell delves into the dark side of humanity, taking you on a gut wrenching journey, where you sit back and watch as two people try to come back from hell to find something worth hanging onto, worth living for.

I loved the intensity, the realism of the story line and found it hard to put down once I started. I couldn’t recommend this to everyone because of the extreme nature of the content, but it’s a gripping novel, one that I actually enjoyed.

This is a four star read for me.

Reviewed by Stacey J