Deadly Honeymoon by Lawrence Block

If you’ve never had the chance to check out any work written by Lawrence Block, I urge you to do so and one book I would recommend is Deadly Honeymoon. Certainly not his very best work, but entirely entertaining none the less. I think I was so easily sucked in by the revenge aspect of this book. As we go about our daily lives, we try to do good even though we experience some bad. It’s only normal to want to balance the scales by getting even.

This is the case when it comes to the main characters, Dave and Jill. Leaving directly from their wedding ceremony, the couple head to a serene cabin in the Pennsylvania woods for their honeymoon. A dream get-a-way turns into their worst nightmare when they witness a mob related crime and become the hit men’s next targets. After suffering his own brutal abuse at the hands of the mobsters, he is forced to listen as they rape Jill, taking the virginity she was saving for her groom.

What I enjoyed most about this book was that the couple picked themselves of up after the nasty assault and took matters into their own hands. Dave and Jill essentially make a pact, an unwritten contract if you will, to not let what happened on their honeymoon define the rest of their lives. The kind of trauma that could have very well lead to their unraveling, or at the very least a divorce, instead solidified them even more and their first adventure as a married couple turned out to be a quest for justice. It’s up to you to read the book to find out if they were successful!


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