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Reviewed by Rachel Quinn for Readers' Favorite
Torment: A Novella by H.D. Hunter pulls you in from the first page. The story starts when a boy is waiting to see his older sister for the first time in a while. From the first scene, it’s clear how much he admires and looks up to her. We join the narrator for one of the most devastating moments of his life, his younger brother’s funeral. While he has been to many other funerals, this one for his brother, Daniel, hits him especially hard. During the entire book, the narrator struggles with family drama, reflects on better times, and deals with mental health issues including depression. We explore his relationship with all of his siblings, especially his older sister.
I love how this novella is broken up into short chapters with witty names that tie directly into the chapter. I feel that recent books never name their chapters anymore and I miss it. The author’s voice is so defined and relatable. You connect with the main character, without even knowing anything about him. From page one, he seems like a trustworthy narrator. We don’t find out the narrator’s name until the end of the book, but by that point you feel like you know him already. It’s almost as if joining him for this intimate personal journey forms a connection between the reader and the narrator. I enjoyed how real and raw this book is. There aren’t enough books that talk honestly about mental health and how losing a loved one affects you.