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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
I Am The Sand is a work of fiction in the thriller, psychological drama, and suspense sub-genres, and was penned by author Susan Fuss. Written for adult reading audiences, the work does contain scenes of graphic violence, and a central theme of sexual violence which is portrayed realistically. Focusing on two people experiencing powerful PTSD which affects their identity, sanity, and inner strength, we find ourselves following both the story of victim Chloe Thomas, an abducted and abused schoolgirl, and her captor, former soldier Captain Henry Peters. As we explore Peters’ past and the reasons for his behavior, Chloe hatches a dynamic plan to get away, before all hope is lost.
Author Susan Fuss has crafted a tough but necessary read and one which will be sure to move fans of deeply-considered psychological fiction and stories of survival against the odds. One of the things which I really admired about the craftsmanship of the work was the portrayal of PTSD and its truly uncontrollable nature, perhaps especially on Captain Peters throughout the tale. Whilst the proposed antagonist of the piece is not given empathy for the crimes he commits against Chloe, there is still a humanized quality which makes his actions all the more terrifying, and asks important questions about getting more help for victims of abuse in the wider world. Overall, I Am The Sand is a powerful, emotive, and accomplished read which I would certainly recommend for those who want an insightful drama that will keep you thinking long after the book is closed.