Book Review: Use

Use (Songs of Perdition #2) by C.D. Reiss: In the end, did I stab him to be free of him? And free to what? Fck? Snort? Party? Or free to be normal?

It was a very interesting situation, up there on Maundy,” Elliot said.

“Nothing like it in the world. It’s a safe place for people like me.”

“People like you? Can you be more specific?” He ran his finger on the edge of his blotter, and a chill went up my inner thighs.

“People like me means, I don’t know. Fckers. We fck because it’s what we do. Bus drivers drive. Accountants account. Policemen police. I’m a fcker. I fck.”

TeriLyn's thoughts: “What happens when the child of a wire mother is given every indulgence, and then has to deal with the slightest pain? Does the pain break them? Or are they already broken from the pleasure?”

This above quote from Use not only stands as my favorite from the book but also accurately demonstrates the layers of nuances in the plot and the brilliant writing of C.D. Reiss. One of the great beauties of reading Use proved to be the anticipation of finally getting the story. There was excitement in the air on release day, nerves going haywire, minds racing. Will our questions be answered? How many more will we ask? What’s to come of Fiona? Where will our alliances lie? With every single C.D. Reiss book you read two things will occur: you’ll always have questions and you’ll always want more.

So intricate her method of storytelling the only choice in the world: basking in the warm glow of her words and the cavalry of feelings erupted when she unleashes those words. It’s precise in nature, to the point statements of fact. Yet there’s so much emotion in those facts as though they’re poured onto the pages with liquid emotion, anthropomorphized sentences with vivid detail giving the reader a gift of understanding the characters better even when it seems we don’t understand what’s happening with them at all.

The work is psychological; you have to think when you read Use, layers of words and angles of perceptions. We’re caught in a web of forever changing perspectives. There’s foreshadowing of the future to what we’ve already learned about our beloved characters but in addition we get the unique vision of seeing the beginning of their journeys to which we already know the end. But do we really know? Or is everything we thought we knew and understood different as learn the facts from Fiona’s perspective? What we thought we knew can be obliterated in an instant by the brilliant mastery of this author’s intricately twisted mind.

Fiona, Elliot, and Deacon all prove the truth of my above words - three of C.D. Reiss’s most brilliantly contrived characters to date. Fiona – strong, loyal, manipulative, flawed, HUMAN – maniacally trying to gain some aspect of control. What kind of control is she craving though? The control she’s used to owning? Or something new she never thought attainable? Elliot – neurotic, confused, sexually manic – manically discovering a latent part of himself whilst maintaining a slippery slope of control. Is Elliot the key to Fiona’s success? What’s the secret to his own? Deacon – arrogant, focused, mocking, controlled – forging Fiona’s path in a way she understands and needs. Is Deacon’s dominant way the right way? Is his way story the answer to her problems? Will his strong omnipresence throughout the story get her to focus? Or will he be the catalyst of her destruction? Three characters intricately woven into a tangled web of missed perceptions, connections, and thought; twisted together in a great love story of discovery and redemption. It’s a tightly wound ball of control. Who will unravel it first? And how?

There’s a quote from a great forbidden love story by Tiffany Reisz circling around my mind since the minute I finished Use. The hero of that story to the heroine says: “your mind must be the most marvelous playground”. Well that’s the mind of C.D. Reiss – a magnificent playground. That completely demonstrates the awe continually evoked from her stories. I’m absolutely fascinated. The unbelievably structured way she mind fcks us with every single book is just plain crazy good. You want the cliffhanger so bad you can taste it. You love dangling off the edge just for the thrill of knowing she’ll turn around and mind fck us again. You want to break from the pain of her words and the pleasure that break causes. Why? Because it’s fascinating and it’s deep and it’s smart and it’s entertaining. Its greatness people and you should invest your time in reading the brilliance.

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Lori L. Clark

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