I read all types of books and am willing to take a chance on just about anything. Books that have extreme violence are not really my thing but I have read some that I enjoyed so I am always willing to give them a chance. It was with this in mind that I started “Suffer the flesh” by Monica J. O’Rourke.
“Suffer the flesh” is the story of Zoey Masterson. Zoey is overweight and is happy with neither her appearance nor her life. One day, she bumps into a stranger, Mel, who tells Zoey that she used to be her size and is now model-thin. Zoey admits interest and the woman mysteriously ends the conversation. Later in the day, Zoey is saved from an aggressive homeless man by two cops. She takes their offered ride home only to discover that they are not cops. Zoey is now a part of the program.
Zoey finds herself a prisoner in an underground facility with about 20 other women. The women are constantly guarded. They are subjected to sexual, physical, and emotional torture on a daily basis as their wills are broken. After a month or so in the facility, Zoey does not think that things can get any worse. Then, visiting day arrives and Zoey finds herself fighting for her freedom and her life.
While I enjoy the work of some authors, such as Wrath James White, in spite of the extreme violence and sex, “Suffer the flesh” seems to me to be nothing more than a string of violent and deviant behavior rather than a story. He book did little more than put together a sequence of scenes graphic enough to make the reader’s stomach queasy and little to tell a story. The book has had an almost cult following by some fans, maybe due in part to the fact that this type of books is rarely written by a woman, but it did little to entertain me. I do not mind accounts of torture if they are used to further a story but have little use for them if they are the end rather than the means. This book will satisfy fans of extreme horror but probably should be avoided by all but the more hardcore fans of that genre.