July 28, 2017

The Book of Revelation by Rupert Thompson

The Book of Revelation explores a very untalked about crime of abuse – female on male rape.

Our victim, the narrator of the story, is a professional ballet dancer and choreographer living in Amsterdam who is abducted by 3 hooded figures as he goes to buy his girlfriend some cigarettes.

The Book of Revelation by Rupert ThomsonThat all happens in the first 6 pages, the rest of the novel is the next 2 weeks whilst he (forever unnamed) is held in a warehouse and systematically abused by his 3 female captors. The main angle of the story is how he tries to cope with the abuse by keeping his mind elsewhere – very tellingly the only text on the back of my copy reads: “I had never told anyone the truth, and I didn’t want to tell it now”.

It is a fascinating and gripping read. And one I’d recommend to anyone.


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