Book Review: Portrait of Rage


ashley | When I was asked to review Portrait of Rage by Cynthia H. Wise, I have to admit that I was a little hesitant. There hasn’t been many reviews on Goodreads and I had never worked with this author before. But the plot sounded interesting and right up my alley, so I decided to give it a read and I’m happy to say that my only regret in picking this up was that I wasn’t able to read it closer to Halloween.

There was a lot happening in the story, from supernatural elements to missing little girls to steamy borderline erotic sex scenes (both of the supernatural and human variety) and psychic abilities. You would think that would create a chaotic overstimulated story here, but this was actually a really tight, well thought out suspenseful thriller that I read cover to cover in one sitting on a lazy Saturday. I was overconfident and thought I had it all figured out pretty early, but I was way wrong and totally enthralled in the whole reveal, I couldn’t put this down.

The characters were likeable. Tom, who is pretty much at the core of all of this, handled himself so well. He charmed the police into helping him, all evidence pointed against him but not for one second did he ever seem the least bit suspicious or concerned with the suspicion. All he wanted to do was help these little girls and keep the people he loved safe. He wore that well. The unlikely group that bands together to help him were also all interesting in their own right, with their own little supernatural secrets that added different layers to the story as well.

I also really liked the artistic standpoint, how Tom painted what he saw in dreams and all of this took place in a home he transformed into a gallery. It was a really great setting and was a very visual stimulant.

There were a lot of lingering things that make it seem like there’s far more to this story and sequels in the works and I’d actually be really interested in seeing where this story went. They jokingly allude to vampires and aliens in future situations and I’d almost like to see if Wise would take things in that direction. I really like how she handled these unbelievable experiences, explaining the unexplainable to a bunch of non believers. She’s made a believer out of me, anyway. I’m really glad I took a chance on this one, it was definitely worth it.


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October 31, 2015

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