Tomorrow a noir novel will be unleashed unto this world, a novel which will make you stop and think about this world of ours. I got an ARC copy from the authors to read for review purposes and am going to tell you my thoughts before I share with you my review. The Goodbye Man is already available for pre-order, and it goes live tomorrow on all major book platforms.
What I liked best about this story is no one else has a book like this one. It’s not a threadbare storyline, it’s not been done before. I would wager it’s been lived before, but not told for public consumption or entertainment. The world views the victims as ‘deserving’ of their station and misfortune. The masses love to judge what they do not know, and I think by opening the closet door and rattling those skeletons the authors will open eyes and make people think. I found it factual, realistic, and utterly believable. Maybe I have lived too much, but I found this story engaging without being shocking. I wasn’t disgusted or appalled, I was fascinated. I was lured in to see Svetlana’s journey.
The authors are Mary E. Palmerin (and you can follow her on Facebook HERE) and Ashleigh Giannoccaro. Together they have delved into darkness and released a novel which will bother the puritanical members of our society, but for those who’ve ever experienced the true depths of human darkness, you will cheer the courage of these authors. Society isn’t all nice, not everyone cares whether or not you have an issue with their fetishes and debauchery. This world is made up of many kinds of people, and most often evil men wear a veneer of respectability, but behind closed doors a monster comes out to traumatize their closest. That is why this novel is so fabulous, the characters embrace their failings and are unashamed of what they are or what they do.
Here is the book trailer followed by my review.
In a world of plenty and instant gratification lies a window to the underworld we made. Mankind has created a market for flesh, the skin trade in every sense of the word. Instant gratification also means that we can buy sex, and if we don’t want to buy it we can resort to rape, and if we want to escape our pain we can buy drugs. You might live in suburban splendour, but you know there are areas which are dangerous, areas you’d rather your children didn’t go. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to grow up in that danger zone? What’s it like when your dad murders your mom and then becomes your pimp so you can earn him money for his addiction? This is THAT story.
There is a detached air about this novel, as if you are seeing it through a softened lens. What you’ll read may appall you, it may horrify you, and if you have lived a sheltered existence it will break your heart. The authors have done a brilliant job at peeling back the veneer of civilisation to expose the festering darkness living in tandem with yours, the world of crime, where you are either a predator or a victim. There is no middle ground.
Svetlana lives a half life, one where pain and humiliation are her daily bread. The agony and despair she goes through will make you flinch, and then when Dark and Dangerous steps into her life you will rejoice. At last the dark horseman rises, the Goodbye Man, the angel of death. Svetlana is stunted emotionally, trauma will do that to you. She’s a woman-child who knows all about the seedy underbelly of society and how to be ready for penetration, it’s how she earns her ‘daddy’ his money, but she is emotionally naive, she is child-like because she was never allowed to mature, she is locked in her cycle, her neurons are wired that way now.
This story is engaging, it makes you curious, you need to know what happens next. The more you read about Svetlana the more you want to know her story, you need to know if she’ll get out alive, you need to know she’ll be safe and know love.
What is love? Is it obsession? Is it a chemical imbalance? Is it even healthy? In this story it isn’t healthy, it is an imbalance, it is extreme and demanding and debilitating.
I enjoyed it, I needed to finish it, and then it ended on a cliffhanger. So be warned, you will journey through the annals of Hades, you will see the fire, smell the fire, and know its master, and in the end you’ll look down at the leather straps tying you to this book and chew through them. Very dark, very noir, and realistic in the extreme. Romance comes in all shapes and sizes, damaged men rule the world, don’t open this book unless you are willing to see inside their hearts, minds, and souls.
Get this novel, I dare you to slink into the depths with these authors. And for the puritanical judges of noir literature, here is some food for thought.
I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery. Hosea 4:1
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot or devoted prostitute, for she had covered her face. He turned to her by the road and said, Come, let me have intercourse with you; – she was his daughter-in-law. – Genesis 38:14
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. Proverbs 30:14
So we boiled my son, and ate him. And I said to her on the next day: Give thy son that we may eat him. And she hath hid her son. 2 Kings 6:29.
Yes, they will take your sons and daughters from you and burn them alive, Ezekiel 23:25
You Lord have placed the sun in the sky, yet you have chosen to live in clouds and darkness. 1 Kings 8:12
And watch; if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come out of the vineyards and catch every man his wife from the daughters of Shiloh – Judges 21:21
Then I gave them laws that are not good and commands that do not bring life. I let them defile themselves with their own offerings and I let them sacrifice their first born sons. – Ezekiel 20 verse 25
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword… A man’s worst enemies will be the members of his own family – Matthew 10:34
I will take firm control of you and make you obey my covenant – Ezekiel 20:37
I will hand you over to brutal men, experts at destruction – Ezekiel 22:31
And the Israelites took captive the women of Midian and their little ones – and kill every woman who is not a virgin. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves. – Numbers 31: 9
Sarah submissively obeyed Abraham calling him, “Lord, who owns me” – 1 Peter 3:5-6
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. – Hebrews 12:11
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. – Proverbs 12:1
He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. Hosea 6:1-2.
Is it not written in your Law, I said, You are gods? John 10:34 (amplified bible).
You are gods, I said; All of you are sons of the Most High, but you will die like men. – Psalms 82:6
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell – Proverbs 23:14
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission – Hebrews 5:7
Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “You must go back to your mistress and submit to her mistreatment.“ – Genesis 16:9
I beat my body and bring it into submission – 1 Corinthians 9:27
Let him submit absolutely; there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to the one who strikes it, and receive his fill of insults. – Lamentations 3:29-30
And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also – Genesis 38:9
And I took my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout all the country – Judges 20:6
Because I will cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked – Ezekiel 21:4
Turn [O sword] and cut right or cut left, whichever way your lust for blood and your edge direct you. -Ezekiel 21:16
For He recognizes and knows hollow, wicked, and useless men, when He sees iniquity, will He not consider it? – Job 11:11
Withhold not discipline from the child; for if you strike and punish him with the rod, he will not die. – Proverbs 23:13
For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes. – Hebrews 12:6
And Solomon awaked, and perceived that it was a dream: and when he was come to Jerusalem, he stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered holocausts, and sacrificed victims of peace offerings. – 1 Kings 3:15
The Awful Horror will be placed on the highest point of the Temple and will remain there until the one who put it there meets the end. Daniel 9:27
You are the children of your father the devil, and you want to follow your father’s desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer. John 8:44
Now, if the work of the levitical priests had been perfect, there would have been no need for a different kind of priest to appear – Hebrews 7:11
You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her – Deuteronomy 28:23 Your sons and daughters shall be given to another people, – You shall beget sons and daughters but shall not enjoy them, for they shall go into captivity – Therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and in want of all things – And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and in the [pressing] misery with which your enemies shall distress you. – Deuteronomy 28:63 And as the Lord rejoiced upon you before doing good to you, and multiplying you: so he shall rejoice destroying and bringing you to nought.
I will not spare you or show you any mercy – so that you will know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 7:4
While they look on helplessly, their babies will be battered to death, their houses will be looted, and their wives raped. Isaiah 13:16.
They will kill your children. Yes, they will take your sons and daughters from you and burn them alive, Ezekiel 23:25
Parents will eat their children, and children will eat their parents Ezekiel 5:10.
Pregnant women will be cut open and their babies dashed to the ground! Hosea 13:16.
Every firstborn child or animal that the Israelites present to me belongs to you. But you must accept payment to buy back every firstborn child, and must also accept payment for every firstborn animal that is ritually unclean. Children shall be bought back at the age of one month for the fixed price of five pieces of silver, according to the official standard. Numbers 18:15.
Then Moses took the blood in the bowls and threw it on the people – Exodus 24:8
Where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. Romans 5:13
God did not keep an account of their sins, 2 Corinthians 5:19
Sin must not be your master, for you do not live under law – Romans 6:1
Sin came into this world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. Romans 5:12
From the book of Kings: 12 The Lord said that He would dwell in the thick darkness
I myself was there approving of his murder and taking care of the cloaks of his murderers. (The apostle Paul) Acts 22:4
Greet all the brethren with a sacred kiss. 1 Thessalonians 5:26.
And he went out to meet his kinsman, and worshipped and kissed him Exodus 18:6
He shall kiss the lips, who answereth right words. Proverbs 24:26
You are to build a fire out of dried human excrement, bake bread on the fire, and eat it where everyone can see you… So God said, “Very well. I will let you use cow dung instead, and you can bake your bread on that. – Ezekiel 4:12
This is just a small collection of how nothing inside The Goodbye Man can be any worse than what is inside the bible. If you can read the bible with praise, then you can read this book too. In the Hebrew oral Legends (a book compiled by Louis Ginzberg titled The Legends of the Bible), it states that when God made Cain and Abel they were born at separate times, each one born with a twin sister. God expected them to marry their sister and to multiply humanity that way. The reason why Cain killed Abel is because his sister was prettier and Cain wanted to screw that sister instead of the one born with him. And ‘God’ knew Eve’s body intimately (like a husband) before Adam did. That is why God protected Cain when he committed murder, he was protecting his own son. (Israel you are my firstborn.) Christianity is based on the Hebrew doctrine and books, but the bible is the condensed and edited version of these massive Hebrew books and tales.
I was raised Christian with a god of anger who regularly murdered his enemies, whose angels ‘took the women they liked’ and had intercourse with them – a god of jealousy and rage. The first book in the bible has a father having intercourse with his daughters, a father also offers his virgin daughters to complete strangers to use and abuse as they see fit in order to protect 3 men who arrived at his house that night, a god whose Kings had concubines by the hundreds. If god’s chosen could have harems of women for sex, how is prostitution and human trafficking any different? I’m just putting this out there in my review for this book. The authors simply expose what you already turn a blind eye to.
The Goodbye Man is not taboo – it’s borderline religious.
Go get it – NOW!