Twisted Love

Robert Bigaouette

Publisher: Archway Publishing Pages: 402 Price: (paperback) $25.00 ISBN: 9781665741170 Reviewed: January, 2024 Author Website: Visit »

In Robert Bigaouette’s psychological suspense novel, Twisted Love, unrequited feelings turn to irrational behavior and full-blown obsession, resulting in a dangerous love triangle.

Tommy Landis is a young man who meets pretty, blonde, blue-eyed Crystal Farnsworth via personal ads. While Crystal appreciates Tommy’s Woody Allen-esque charm, she informs him by their second meeting that she isn’t romantically attracted to him. Unfortunately, needy Tommy has fallen head-over-heels in love with Crystal and is unwilling to accept her rejection. Soon, Tommy’s repeated phone calls and stalking put Crystal and those around her on edge.

Meanwhile, Maria DeBlanco, a coworker at the message center where Tommy works, is deeply attracted toTommy, although the oblivious Tommy fails to see the similarity in their obsessions. While Tommy continues to prey upon Crystal, Maria begins to follow Tommy. Eventually, the obsessive core sentiment “If I can’t have him/her, no one will!” leads to trouble.

Twisted Love is based loosely on Bigaouette’s experience with a jilted lover. Through his forward-moving plot and twisted characters, the author explores the dark emotions and casualties that can occur when individuals can’t cope with unreciprocated feelings. As the story takes readers into the minds of individuals who cross the line into psychotic behavior, Bigaouette easily moves the novel’s focus between the central characters.

That said, the chapters seem weighted in backdrop detail that tends to slow the main action. And when the consequences of classic obsessive behavior are summarized by Tommy’s counselor and a doctor being interviewed on a TV show, readers are essentially forewarned about what’s to come.

The narrative requires proofreading to fill in missing words and other issues. Also, some implausible scenes (such as when Tommy hides in the backseat of a car without being discovered by Crystal and her new boyfriend, who are in the front seat) are off-putting.

Still, despite the story’s flaws, readers drawn to obsessive characters whose actions take them to the dark side might find rewards here.

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