Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Narcissist: A Dark Journey by Jon D. Zimmer

The Narcissist: A Dark Journey
by Jon D. Zimmer

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Pronoun (July 5, 2016)
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Dark Fiction
Print Length: 260 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Charlotte Prentice is beautiful, intellectual and dangerous. She will do whatever it takes to achieve the adoration and success she desires.

Who is this woman whose beauty is only overshadowed by her intellect?

Charlotte herself doesn’t know.

Outwardly, she is a woman who fights against discrimination and poverty, an advocate of education and freedom. To the onlooker, Charlotte is perfection. But on the inside, there is something darker lurking, something that pushes her single-minded plans forward without empathy.

She and her ilk are the scourge of our society, driven to success to satisfy their needs at any cost. They are the business leaders and politicians who woo us with deceit and shallow promises. Sometimes we are amused by them. Other times we are stricken by them. But make no mistake: they are not amusing; they are calculating and dangerous.

Is she guilty of her crimes, or the victim of the ills of society? In The Narcissist: A Dark Journey, the reader is both judge and jury where Charlotte Prentice is concerned.

 The Narcissist: A Dark Journey by Jon D. Zimmer
The Narcissist: A Dark JourneyShe knew she could make the world revolve around her if she wanted. Even as a child Charlotte knew she had to be adored and worshipped and she grew up knowing she would be prettier, smarter, hold more power and wealth than those around her. She was her own greatest fan and no price was too great for others to pay and nothing was beneath her devious devices and machinations. Charlotte was a force to be reckoned with when she set her sights on her next target or goal. Will all of her achievements finally make her happy with herself or will she never be satisfied, always needing more?

Jon D. Zimmer’s The Narcissist dissects the life and times of a young woman whose personal insecurities are silenced only when she is taking from others for her own benefit while appearing to be an angel of mercy to the unsuspecting masses. Mr. Zimmer has hit his stride with this one! Intriguing, dark and gritty, one emotionally disconnected woman finds that the more she has, the more she wants and the words, “I have enough,” will never fall from her lips or be felt in her heart.

While Charlotte is the main character of this tale, it would be a stretch to call her the heroine, except in her own twisted way of thinking. From an eight-year-old girl who manipulates the near death of a neighbor’s dog to teenage manipulations to using her body and her brains to manipulate men of power, even the deaths of those she has ruined will not cause her to stop. Did I like Charlotte, no, but I did feel sorry for her diseased mind. Then again, I felt even worse for the innocents she destroyed along the way to her supposed grandeur. Is it possible that Charlotte pulled the wool over the eyes of so many? Clearly, yes, because the bigger the ego and success, the lonelier it gets at the top, the easier it is to deceive those who think they cannot be fooled.

Interesting, well-written and certainly thought-provoking as we look to ourselves for similar behavior in day to day interactions. Does that make us the monster that Charlotte hides within, too?

I received this copy from Jon D. Zimmer in exchange for my honest review.

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