The Bad Ones
By: Stylo Fantome
5 “Seriously Disturbing” Stars
Genre: Dark Fiction; Crime
Price: $1.99 for Kindle; FREE on Kindle Unlimited
Quick Thoughts: The cover and title is a warning!
I was in the mood for a particularly dark book and came across this one in the Kindle store. I must admit, the cover sold me, and the title seemed promising, so I downloaded it without even reading the description.
The Bad Ones is a dark tale that answers the age old question “What would happen if two psychopaths fell in love with each other?”. The answer, Nothing Good. Separately the two main characters, Dulcie and Constantine, are relatively innocuous. They may have dark tendencies, but it never ended in a body count. However when the two do begin a relationship, that is when bad things happen.
She wanted his darkness to swallow her whole. She wanted to be a part of it. She wanted to give her own darkness back to him.
The sheer intensity of how they felt for each other was the highlight of the book. They were obsessed with one another, and Ms. Fantôme wrote out their inner most thoughts so beautifully, it made me love them, even when they were at their absolute worst.
As his teeth left bite marks down the side of her neck, she thought maybe she didn’t need oxygen anymore. He could just breathe for her.
“We’re going to kill each other, aren’t we?” she whispered.
“Baby …” he sighed, his eyes fluttering shut as he moved to rest his forehead against her. “What a beautiful thing to say.”
“Don’t be scared,” he said, then he leaned in and kissed a tear away. “Don’t ever be scared. It kills me. From now on tell me whenever you’re scared, and I’ll take away you’re fears. Tell me when you’re hurting, and I’ll bleed for you.”
Dulcie is a very introverted, quiet girl. Most often seen drawing in her sketchbook or taking pictures with her camera, she has no illusions that she will ever leave the small town she lives in. Her home life if horrible. Her mother is a prostitute, her step-father a drug dealer, and her half-brother is a meth head. They live in a run-down trailer and she is saving to move out as soon as she turns eighteen.
Constantine, a.k.a. Con, is the polar opposite. He is the mayor’s son, popular and the star athlete on the football team. He has lots of friends and though he gets in a fair amount of trouble, his father’s wealth and influence keeps him out of real trouble. Despite their differences, they recognize the darkness in each other. The part of themselves they keep hidden away from others and form a connection with each other that spans over the years and intensifies as the book progresses.
This book isn’t for the faint of heart. It is intended for a mature audience that like their stories dark and twisted. It contains graphic sex, EXTREMELY brutal violence, bad language, and crimes of all sorts perpetrated by individuals with no moral compasses. With that warning in mind and you still want to read it…