The storm of ’87 had been the greatest, most ferocious storm to have hit Britain in centuries. The suffering that ensued was plentiful, but none more so than that of little Matthew Mason, whose parents were brutally murdered in the midst of the storm by a homeless man desperate to find shelter.
After 25 years of torment, Matthew is released from a mental institute under the watchful eye and care of Tammy Atkins, a care worker with a secret history of alcohol abuse and self-harm.
As Matthew struggles to adapt to his new found liberty, he finds himself continuously plagued by the demons of his past. Haunted by strange and ghastly images and urges, Matthew sets himself upon a path of vengeance; determined to seek out his parents’ killer and put his demons to rest once and for all.
‘The Damaged’ is a disturbing psychological thriller, delving deep into the darkest depths of the human psyche.
The Damaged is one dark and seriously disturbing read.
The story centres on Matthew who is recently out of an mental institution and back in his family home where he witnessed his parents being brutally killed by a tramp.
Tammy finds herself being assigned to Matthew in her role as a carer making sure Matthew takes his medication.
Matthew and Tammy are both damaged individuals. Matthew, because of his parents death and his upbringing by his horrible aunt and Tammy due to being unable to cope with her mothers death, ends up with her losing her partner and even more harder for her to bear, her daughter.
I think because of what they have both been through, Matthew and Tammy are like kindred spirits who both see something of themselves in the other person.
The author gives you insight in to Matthews very disturbed mind. It is very hard to know exactly how I felt about Matthew’s character through out the story as it kept changing. I wanted to feel sorry for him for the awful things he experienced through out his childhood yet even though I know he isn’t sound of mind I couldn’t comprehend the person he had become.
The Damaged even though classed as a psychological thriller, felt just as much as a horror to me as well. There are some parts that I had my hand over my mouth as I was struggling to comprehend the horror of what I was reading. It truly is a dark and disturbing read and one that left me slightly unnerved by the end.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
The Damaged is available to purchase from Amazon.