Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review: Author Anonymous: A True Story by E.K. Blair

Publication Date: 8/27/2016
Rating: 5 Stars 

Official Blurb: 

A TRUE STORY told through the voice of New York Times Bestselling author E.K. Blair. 
*an intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone book 

She’s an author. 
She’s a mother. 
She’s a wife. 
She’s a fraud, a woman marked and bound by her own deceit. 

Experience the astounding tale of how Anonymous battled through a year of scandals and betrayals, how her world fell from its axis with a single choice, and how she lost herself between reality and fantasy. 

This is a stand-alone true story tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.

Author Anonymous is by far one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write.  It’s not that the story was bad, but it was the feelings that I was left with at the conclusion.  My stomach churned the entire book as I mentally screamed out at this real turned fictional author for her actions.  I felt like I was sitting in a crowded movie theater screaming at the horror movie heroine to get her head in the game and avoid going upstairs towards the creepy noise.  From the outside, we the readers could see how wrong anonymous’ actions were, but for her, she it was a rush, a temptation that she’s written about numerous times as a writer.  For the first time in her life, anonymous was given the ability to live out her fictional fantasies first hand, consequences be damned.   We as readers can judge all we like, but this person will be living with the consequences of her actions for the rest of her life.  The guilt and pain for her spouse will likely never go away unlike us who can just simply pick up another book and move on. For her to tell this story is not only brave, but I hope eye opening to other authors who have or even toyed with the idea of crossing the fantasy/reality line.

While this may be the story of just one author’s damaging drift into the land of fictional make believe, I doubt it is the last and only story.  This book to me showcases how we as readers and even authors can get swept up in a fictional and imaginary world to the point that it damages our real lives. It is really a testament to the fact that the line between real and imaginary is so skewed in this modern age of catfishing and online romantic entanglements that our brains cannot process the difference.  I have been the witness to far too many relationships being ended because of an online affair.  You may not have physically touched the person, but you have still cheated emotionally.  It’s wrong, and I hope with this book people realize that.

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