Ghost (Boston Underworld 3) by A. Zavarelli

Summary of Book: Talia is ‘saved’ by Alexei, a member of the Russian mafia. In all transparency, Alexei doesn’t ‘save’ Talia, he takes her from one capture to another, himself.

“There is nothing without you. Tomorrow, I take you home. And I will make you mine all over again. Every day, for the rest of my life, Solnyshko. That is my promise to you. I will make you fall in love with me every day for a lifetime.”

This book is gritty, dirty, gross, and dark. Very dark. It starts with Talia being a victim of sex trafficking and when I say that Zavarelli didn’t spare any details about Talia’s time in the sex trafficking ring… I mean that there is no detail spared. I have read many, many books in my life and I absolutely love dark, mafia related books but this… This one surprised me and disgusted me. It’s graphic. Extremely graphic. If you don’t thin you have the stomach for that sort of thing, then I would highly suggest reading any of Zavarelli’s other books. There centered around the mafia as well, but not as gritty.

“You can’t destroy what’s already broken,”

Outside of the graphicness of this, the story is… great. Alexei gets Talia out of the sex trafficking’s ring and takes her to his fortress. She goes from one dark world to another and the only difference is that Alexei doesn’t force sex onto her. Talia and Alexei have this explosive, manipulative, and special in their own way. They’re right for each other, in a twisted way. Alexei doesn’t cater to Talia, he doesn’t treat her like a princess. He’s hard on her and pushes her and argues with her. He treats her like an equal, not something that needs to be handled with care.

“Any man can fuck me. But Alexei fucks my mind. My heart. My soul. He lights me up and burns me down. Every single time.”

I think, though, the most important thing about this book is the way depression is described. I don’t think a lot of books do suffering from depression justice and A. Zavarelli is the first author I have found that explains it almost perfectly. He didn’t make it happy or colorful. It’s brutal and ugly and terrifying and more times than not, there is not a happy ending and A. Zavaerlli describes it perfectly. He also describes how, even after suffering from depression so great that you want nothing more than to be at peace in any way you can, that life is not completely hopeless and that sometimes, if you are lucky, the sun manages to find you in your darkness and pull you out. And Ghost is one of those books that is dark until the sun is too bright to ignore and then it’s perfect.

“But I know now that if you just wake up every single day ready to do battle- ready to fight for what you have- then you have a real chance to hold onto it.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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