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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Fated: A Novel by T.K. Lee commences with a frightening scene. Dee is hiding in the dark, observing a puzzling crime. It is a relief when she wakes and realizes it is a dream, but later she witnesses a suspicious suicide. Meanwhile, Detectives Rennic and Stokes are investigating cases linked to a strange Ouroboros brand. When the latest victim proves to be Dee’s supervisor Peter Watt, she is obliged to offer the police all the information she can. Detective Rennic’s unusually auspicious numerology interests the perpetrator. Can Dee and Rebecca Stokes survive murderous attacks and rescue Rennic? Who is the mysterious fox protecting them, and what mystery connects all the main characters? A surprise revelation toward the end exposes factors that demand an alternative solution.
Fated by T.K. Lee effectively combines psycho-thriller and horror. It is the sort of story that evokes spine-chilling shivers along with gut-wrenching revulsion. The plot is compelling and challenging as it explores the complexities of non-consensual bondage. The psychological destruction of the victims is effectively analyzed and demonstrated. I recommend taking notice of the trigger warnings, as this is definitely a thought-provoking book for the mature reader. I liked the author’s reversal of the stereotypical gender roles of victim and perpetrator, thus rendering the abuser female and the victim male. I also liked the powerful roles Dee and Rebecca played, allowing these two women to become rescuers rather than helpless damsels waiting to be rescued. This is a supernatural crime story that offers a glimpse into a twisted and corrupted mind.