I wasn’t quite certain just what I was getting into when I started this audiobook: Holly Bunn, the main character is an interesting mix of savvy and utterly naïve, with a Pullman carload of issues that she hasn’t ever really dealt with. Holly left home at 12 after being abused by her father, not believed by her mother, and with the most elementary of education she has managed to parlay her looks and her willingness to sell herself to a select clientele into a reasonably secure life.
Narration of this story was provided by Lara Wells, and it took me a bit of time to appreciate her style as being fitting for Holly and her demeanour. Like many who have suffered through abuse and are so involved in surviving to the next day, Holly has never dealt with the aftermath of her issues, and appears to almost disassociate herself from her horrific past.
If Holly and her many twisted reactions, approaches and issues weren’t enough, add in the man that she fantasizes about: a security specialist with his own little ‘sideline’ and some odd uses of religious beliefs to justify their decisions, choices and behaviors and this story just never quite stops twisting and turning.
With vigilante justice, questionable life choices, a nearly illiterate main character who, if not for her beauty would be dead by now, this takes transgressive narration to a whole different level. It’s even more interesting to find yourself understanding and admiring, at least on a superficial level, the utilization of the skills and advantages that both characters do possess as they seek their own ends.
Wetterman created an interesting story that doesn’t fit into any one genre; alternating first person narrative between Holly and Isa that have distinct differences yet are strikingly similar. Two broken people, feeding their own needs for security or justice, and never quite making the adjustment to see right from wrong.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 4 Story: 4
Title: Busted - The Odyssey of Holly Bunn
Author: Bill Wetterman
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Literary Fiction, Literary FIction /Transgressive, Thriller
Published by: Self-Published
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 5 minutes
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Holly Bunn has spent her whole life crawling out of hell. She owns a Porsche, a condominium, and tons of size 4 clothes. Except for her wealthy Orlando clients, she’s a loner. Her face and figure pay the bills. By forty, she’ll need to have enough saved to retire. In her line of work, she’s responsible for her own retirement plan. A runaway at 12, she and God talk about starting a halfway house for victims of abuse. God protects Holly, whoever God is. And with His assistance, maybe she can help others.
Problem—a guy has entered her life—a gorgeous man with a sweet personality. But business trumps love in her world. She has a goldmine deal coming down—a working girl’s dream. If God understands and forgives her, so should her boyfriend. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? He knows what she is.
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.