The cover of this book is intriguing. It reminds me of something medieval or mythological. So, although I didn’t have the slightest idea what The Enchanted was about, I was hopeful it would be good. I was delighted to find my wish granted. This book was unlike any other book I have read. It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly makes it so unique, but of all the hundreds of books I have read in my lifetime, this one was really different–and in a good way.
This book chronicles the stories of an unnamed inmate in a high-security prison. Though the reader isn’t told what got this man here in the first place, throughout the story little tidbits of information are thrown at the reader, giving puzzle-pieces to a picture that quickly starts to form. We learn several intimate details about this prisoner as time goes on, and several of them are surprising. I almost felt as if I were inside the character’s mind, and seeing life from his perspective.
Though this book has a story that is haunting, and at times horrifying, I didn’t feel like I was reading a horror story. The language Rene Denfeld writes in is gentle and fierce all at once, and left me wanting more long after I finished this short book. Even if the synopsis doesn’t sound like your thing, give this book a try. It might surprise you, and be just what you were looking for.
Profanity/Language: 3 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 4 scatological words; 7 anatomical terms; 3 F-Word derivatives.
Violence/Gore: Violent crimes committed, briefly described and mentioned; prisoners are mentioned to be given the death penalty; miscarriages are mentioned with no detail; child abuse is mentioned briefly; prison violence, including rape, is mentioned with no detail; suicide is mentioned with one brief non-descriptive scene.
Sex/Nudity: Clinical depiction of nudity; sex is referred to several times; a woman is pregnant and unmarried.
Mature Subject Matter:
Crime and illegal activities, death, suicide.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink; heroin use mentioned; drug use mentioned.