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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“Laws of Depravity” by Eriq La Salle should be on a fast track to Best Seller status. The line between legal and illegal is broad and readily discernible; the line between right and wrong is not so. This intense debut novel will have you pondering the fine line between right and wrong, between sanity and insanity. La Salle leads us along the razor edge of that distinction, where a minor loss of focus may lead to a long slide in the wrong direction in spite of one’s intent. It clearly elucidates the potentially disastrous results that can break through to the surface years after some precipitating event. This ultra-suspenseful tale scratches the foul underbelly of darkly held secrets, to reveal unfathomable horror.
Expect to have your world shaken when you read “Laws of Depravity”. La Salle takes a taboo subject and exposes its ugly enormity to all. This is fiction, of course. But it is fiction solidly based in a reality the society can no longer sweep under the proverbial rug. In its distilled form, “Laws of Depravity” shows us the horrendous consequences which may develop from the selfishly uncaring and hostile possession of another’s innocence. It shows us how the effects of an abusive act can impact generations of victims, with seemingly limitless possible results, as is demonstrated by the inconceivably twisted ending. This is a story of good vs. evil where it is not always clear who the good or the evil are. “Laws of Depravity” may be the most engrossing book you read this year.