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[Review] Let Me Watch by Sansa Rayne

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“I like being watched. And I like to watch too.”

SIBEL

Some artists paint. Others sing, or dance, or act. My performances are different: provocative. Deviant. Even perverse. Some people don’t think I’m an artist, but my exhibitions have rocked the New York art scene. Online, I go viral every time. The city has taken notice.

Those closest to me say I’m going to get into trouble. My act draws attention from the wrong kind of people. They would use me – take what they need and leave me. Pierce Williams is supposed to be one of them, but there’s a side of him no else sees. He might be the answer to what’s missing in my life. He’s got the looks, and a seriously sick mind.

Pierce satisfies my craving for the twisted and obscene. He dreams up ways to pleasure me that no one else could. But he’s got secrets he’s not telling me, secrets that could destroy everything…

PIERCE

I don’t know what to expect when I walk into Galleria Carnale. When I see her wanton depravity, served with a dash of crazy, I know I’ve met my match in Sibel Isaacs. Only one problem: she knows who I am and what I do for a living. Convincing her I’m not the man she thinks isn’t easy, but she’s worth it: beautiful and fearless, willing to try anything. How could I resist?

But she doesn’t know the pain still smoldering from my past. She has no idea I owe a debt to a monster – one I helped create. I’ve fought for years to keep his dark urges at bay, but he’s just waiting for a reason to give into temptation – and now he’s obsessed with Sibel.

Soon, watching won’t be enough. If I don’t stop him, he’ll hurt her. But if I tell her everything, the truth could cut even deeper…

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Review

Dark obsession and voyeurism…

This is a tale of secret obsession … Sibel is an artist who creates live erotic visual installations as part of her work , which are streamed across the world…. but when she becomes the object of desire for a twisted voyeur her world begins to unravel

The original plot is intricate and suspenseful, told from both the main characters point of view… the author has skilfully written two very different but equally fascinating characters….whilst I can not relate to Sibil’s artistic choices, I admire her complete abandonment and her conviction in her art..she is a provocative character and at times I did feel alienated from her…Pierce is more relatable despite the fact that his films are edgy and raw; I loved his loyalty, even if it was misplaced, on occasions, as well as his attitude towards Sibil and some of her more damaging choices.. however, he made some questionable decisions in the past with his best friend Chase, which ultimately have serious consequences for the present.

As an aside I really enjoyed revisiting and re-considering the age old debate about what constitutes art versus porn ? and where is that particular arbitrary line drawn? and perhaps more significantly is a distinction actually necessary? Ultimately isn’t it all about entertainment and story telling , and making the spectator feel something ?

This was a complex, dark story, which at times was challenging to read but engrossing in equal measure…

~Sheena

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