How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?
At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.
Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…
Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for my free copy, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
So first off, I love that this book was based on Slenderman, and the two young girls who are currently awaiting their sentencing for stabbing their best friend and leaving her for dead. That is a news story that just made me so sad. What a lot of people are not mentioning however, is the news story that another character in this book is based on. No one is really mentioning it, so I’m just not sure if many are aware. For those two reasons, this book was fascinating to me.
This book was highly addictive. Alice had some seriously screwed up family, parents and younger brother included. Alice’s mom probably being the worst, and for a multitude of reasons. I had a soft spot for her younger brother, I think sadly his life could have been much better than it turned out. Alice herself was screwed up, and the things that she so easily got away with in this book kind of bothered me. I think that’s the negative that I can say, she did a couple terrible things, and got away with it, which in turn made her no better than the girls who attacked her. While the ends sort of justified the means, it still really bothered me.
I did like the way Carter Wilson wrote this book, and I enjoyed his plot twists. I wish there had been follow up on something Alice had done, but the story just progressed and moved on, with no further mention. But I think if that’s the only negative I can think of, than that’s pretty damn good. The who was sort of predictable, but not early on in the book, more towards the last 150 of the book or so. So that was nice. I enjoy books where you never know who to trust, and you question everyone.
I would most definitely read another book by Carter Wilson, even with the negative, I enjoyed this read. It was an enjoyable, quick read.