I am Sasha

Romance - Sizzle
250 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2014
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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Sasha is feisty. Sasha is observant. Sasha is cynical and Sasha is a serial killer. From the first chapter, as Sasha describes her “first,” you get a predatory sensation as she watches Jennifer, commenting on the entire scene. It was such a visceral way to begin I Am Sasha that it immediately draws you in. It becomes clear that Sasha has some psychological issues and, as she wanders from place to place, you begin to suspect she might be going insane. Valerie Hollingsworth has produced a fascinating story of anonymous sex, violence and, surprisingly, kindness. Watching as Sasha slowly unravels, yet attempts to hang on to herself, is an emotional experience that will stay with you long after the last page.

One of the things I loved most about I Am Sasha is her rationalization for some of her crimes, particularly when it comes to Jennifer. She sees herself in this young girl and, as many psychopaths do, rationalizes her violence as a kindness. In a way, it is a kindness and it is exactly these types of thoughts that add credence to Valerie Hollingsworth’s skill as a writer. Sympathy for a serial killer is hard to produce, but Sasha’s relationship with David and her loss of him sets the tone for how she views love, relationships and young women in those relationships. Her commentary in the last chapter is quite spot on when she imagines how the police, the press and the experts will pontificate on her motivations for her actions. It was a startling and brilliant way to end the story and keep you wanting more.