I love starting a new book, especially one that I know little about. It’s like setting off on an unexpected journey. When I picked up Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller by Demelza Carlton, I was setting off on a most unprecedented affair. This novel takes its reader through the mind of a tortured teenager who just wants to know what’s going on. Unfortunately, as a reader, I also found myself wondering just what was going on as I read this novel.
Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller chronicles Caitlin Lockyer’s journey from tortured teen to a revenge-seeking adult. The novel starts off with Caitlin’s abduction into a literal hell filled with unspeakable torture. From there, the story travels between Caitlin’s time in captivity to present day. Being free from her tormentors, Caitlin has to decide if Nathan Miller, the man who saved her, is really out to help her or if he is as evil as those who kidnapped her. In the end, the mess Caitlin fell into is much bigger than she originally suspects.
I enjoyed Carlton’s writing style. It seemed to change between the chapters based in the past and those in the present. I felt Caitlin’s panic as she recounts her time in captivity. I also felt her hesitation toward trusting Nathan Miller. The details, while graphic because of the content, were done as tastefully as one can. It was easy for me as a reader to be sucked into Caitlin’s personal nightmare.
What I didn’t enjoy was the sense of waiting for the story to start. Granted, the beginning of the novel did begin with Caitlin’s rescue, however, I found myself almost two-thirds of the way through the book wondering what exactly was going on. I didn’t feel like the plot was easy to follow as it jumped around quite a bit. There were some surprises, but in general, I wanted to know earlier in the story just where the novel was heading.
In general, I truly did enjoy this book. The subject matter is something all women should be cautious of. I think Caitlin’s reactions to her situation were believable most of the time. I would be weary of whom exactly to recommend this book to. Since Caitlin is 17 and then 18 in the novel, I would think this book would be for young adults. Just be careful giving this book to a younger teen. Some of the scenes and material are very graphic. I would say that if you like a book that catches your attention and leaves you guessing, Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller is the book for you.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Lost Plot Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.