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“Persona” was a fabulous read. A brutally raw psychological thriller, Horn’s characters are worthy of Bret Easton Ellis and “The Last Days of Disco” by Whit Stillman. (Award-winning review blog Rabid Readers Reviews)To live with no regrets, Ryan vows to try it all — even murder.Creating a different persona for each pursuit, he soon loses himself in his own dark labyrinth.B“Persona” was a fabulous read. A brutally raw psychological thriller, Horn’s characters are worthy of Bret Easton Ellis and “The Last Days of Disco” by Whit Stillman. (Award-winning review blog Rabid Readers Reviews)To live with no regrets, Ryan vows to try it all — even murder.Creating a different persona for each pursuit, he soon loses himself in his own dark labyrinth.Best friend Dave struggles to bring him back — but first must face the darkest side of all.An edgy, riveting, disturbing thriller packed with black humour, inspired twists and gut-churning suspense.Persona portrays a dark world different and yet alarmingly similar to our own, where personal demons cannot be kept at bay.WARNING: This novel contains graphic sex scenes, violence and bad language. DO NOT purchase if you’re easily offended. If this isn't the case, you'll find a gripping and unique story that will keep you guessing....

Title : persona
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ISBN : 20412905
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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persona Reviews

  • Jon
    2018-11-17 11:34

    There have been a number of reviews that I've read regarding this novel, stating that it is difficult to read. I found that there are two reasons for this: 1. This is a book about a young man with multiple personalities. In reading books about multiples, one must first determine how many alters exists and be able to distinguish them from the supporting cast of characters; and 2. what makes this difficult is the fact that this novel begins in the middle of the story, reverts to the beginning of the story to explain why Ben is the way he is, then transitions to the end of the story for a nail-biting conclusion. Initially, this leaves the reader thinking, "What the hell is going on here? I can't keep up." However, if the reader persists, all things become very clear, and (s)he'll find that this is one of the most fascinating books (s)he's ever picked up. The cover of this book begs the question, "What's the best way to betray?" Within it's pages there are numerous betrayals from which to choose. There are many twists, as well as twisted characters. This is the first book I've read by Marc Horn, and I'm sure there will be others, in my future.

  • Rabid Readers Reviews
    2018-11-28 05:29

    “Persona” is a brutally raw psychological thriller. The back stories and emotions of the character and the story line in which a man who is insane is trying to drive a woman insane by targeting her and her family members. Horn’s damaged; narcissistic and misogynist characters are worthy of Bret Easton Ellis and “The Last Days of Disco” by Wilt Stillman. While some of the narrative is difficult to read, the characters are no less interesting.Horn’s strength is in his character development. The main character is embodied in several characters in the novel though that’s not immediately evident. Each character builds a layer on his story line with the unifying factor that he was a boy tortured by his mother who witnessed his father kill her. He is desperately romantic and invested in the area of being driven by fate. Fate led him to Jen; they were meant to be. Interestingly, Horn ties this idea of lack of control in with his childhood where he had no protection against the beatings issued by his mother. He doesn’t love Stacey but he’s not the one to choose who he loves so he’s invested in the idea of being in love with her. He equates being debased with being in love in the most interesting way. His psychology is riveting.As I mentioned, “Persona” is quite a raw work. There’s a lot of graphic sex. This is not an erotica novel; the sexual activity is such that serves a point to the story line. The language is quite crass. I cannot tell you how many times a certain word thought to be the worst thing you can say to a woman is used. That said, it’s not without purpose. You would not believe the character and his actions were he talking about bunnies and rainbows. “Persona” is a very strong and confident piece well aware of its place in alt literature.“Persona” was a fabulous read. Pick it up when available and let me know if you think its as good as I did.

  • matthew tolic
    2018-11-13 08:12

    "Disturbing psychological thriller" is an understatement. Let me be blunt here... this book is f'ed up. The cruelty and brutality the character(s) perpetrate on other human beings is unbearable at times. The sexual assaults (because that's what they were) were gut wrenching. The emotional torture people endured, almost as heinous. That being said, There were several days that I left work early so I could get back to the dang story ASAP! It was crazy. I was repulsed and enthralled at the same time. Not since American Psycho have I felt such polarity. The one think I disliked (barring the overuse of See You Next Tuesday - Excused because they are British) was Ryan's final outcome. Quite anticlimactic after such a terror filled roller coater of a ride.

  • Jenell Diegor
    2018-11-19 08:21

    What an exciting book! I am drawn to Marc Horn’s novels because they display a superior plotline than most thrillers out there. Persona is no exception. Ryan is a character that is relatable in the sense that he is open to trying out new things. And the different personas that emerge from him are interesting while some others are terrifying! There is a good amount of graphic sexual activity that is not for the faint of heart. Just as his previous novel The Mortal Religion, he delivers a very powerful psychological thriller that brings excitement in every page.

  • Rhae
    2018-12-05 09:12

    This might be the craziest book I've ever read. It really was a psychological thriller. There were so many twists and turns. The plot is solid, and several times I found myself recoiling in surprise and/or horror, or gasping in shock. The characters were real and multilayered, and the author's writing style flits from personality to personality while making them believable. I couldn't put it down towards the end, and I even found myself hoping the bad guy would outrun his demons. You won't regret reading this, if you can withstand a glimpse into perversion and darkness.

  • Christoph Fischer
    2018-11-21 07:21

    "Persona" by Marc Horn is an indeed sometimes disturbing psychological thriller, edgy but certainly worthwhile reading. Stalking, revenge, threats, sadism, sexual experiments and multiple personalities are just some of the themes running through this bookas it pushed the boundaries and keeps you guessing the connections between the narratives. It is dark, twisted and not always comfortable but it is well written, cleverly plotted and quite unlike anything I have read.

  • Wanda
    2018-11-12 05:21

    I loved this book. It was dark and twisted. The writing was good and the pace was good. Wasn't crazy about the ending but found myself thinking about the characters during the day and couldn't wait to get home and read more. I am looking forward to reading Marc's first novel and definitely his newest novel Cuffed.

  • Maryann Breedlove
    2018-11-29 11:30

    I am still trying to catch my breath... WOWThis is a jigsaw puzzle! The twist, turns and revelations will leave you shaking your head saying.. wwwhhhattt??? Outstanding psychological thriller! This author will chew you up and spit you out!. Disturbing, dark, graphic and just AWESOME!

  • Jo-Anna
    2018-11-22 09:17

    I'm sorry I was confused in the first 7% of the book and couldn't get into it.

  • Shell Shearer Swinscoe
    2018-11-23 10:13

    great story. love the twists...so not what I thought it would be x

  • Barbara Tsipouras
    2018-12-02 04:20

    It's hard, it's cruel but it's awesome. This schizophrenic story get's into your mind. It's not difficult to read or to understand but very difficult to digest.

  • Georgina Perfect
    2018-11-21 09:34

    disturbing, but some clever twists...sometimes a bit too graphic

  • Sabina D'agliano
    2018-11-28 10:20

    This will be the most insane ride you'll ever take... it's a story that will insert itself into your Psyche for a long time. Loved it!!!

  • Sue
    2018-11-25 11:18

    This is the most bizarre book I've ever read... and I liked it.

  • Suzanne Foster
    2018-12-12 11:32

    Darkly disturbing and gripping!This book was difficult for me to get into and I was on the verge of giving up, but I persisted with it and I'm so glad I did. I began to enjoy the story and everything fell into place, suddenly I understood what was happening. This story IS disturbing and very different from other psychological thrillers I have read, it's very dark but it's also gripping and it's been written very well. I enjoyed reading this so much (eventually!) that it prompted me to download another of Marcs books which I'm looking forward to. Don't miss out on this one, it's very complex but very very good!

  • Heather
    2018-11-27 08:11

    ***If you are easily offended by foul language, explicit sexual scenes, and violence, do not read this book. Know what you read before you read it.***I'm struggling on how to rate this book. I really didn't care for it, but I am not sure if it was because of the inconsistent writing style, the storyline, or the characters. It's most likely a combination of all three. Then there's the language and over the top descriptions of sexual acts. I don't mind language and sex in my books, but this is just beyond tolerable.The writing style was hard to get used to. The narration jumped between characters mid-chapter and I was often jolted by this. Sometimes there was a space delineation, and other times it happened right in the next sentence. At times, the narration was just too speculative: descriptions of characters thoughts as they try to sort out their lives. The first third of the novel was written to be intentionally confusing, which would probably cause readers to just give up. I wouldn't blame them as I only hung on based upon reviews I had read encouraging readers to keep going. The storyline made sense to a point, and it was a little predictable for me. The author certainly hits on many universal themes: betrayal and lies, justice, revenge, love, need for acceptance, and the whole fixing a person concept. The story jumps around a lot to give the reader history and perspective. I was mainly fine with that until 50% through the book when several chapters go on and on with specifics of "the" incident that just didn't seem that significant. The very end of the book was a let down: are we supposed to guess what happened?The characters are ALL unlikeable, whiny, and worthless. There was not one character that I was drawn to or could connect to. The main character is extremely damaged and beyond rehabilitation. His best friend is a lump of clay, All of the women are portrayed as weak characters who need men in their lives to save them. One has special powers to save men. Basically, the secondary characters are all written as weak animals to be swallowed whole by the big mean main character. As I said before, I don't mind language and sex in my books. I'm not easily offended. But I do get easily bored. This author continuously used "c%@t"to describe males, females, situations, etc. It might actually be the most used word in the book. Even more than "the." No kidding. It's almost like the author is trying to desensitize the reader to this word. I found it to be absurd how many times that word was used - how about some originality? And the sex scenes. The ones in the middle of the book during "the incident" were the most obscene and derogatory. I found them to be over the top vulgar for no real reason other than shock value. Please. The author does not acknowledge if he did any research in multiple personalities and DID before writing this book. I wonder about this because toward the end when the main character is faced with the truth, he seems to accept it rather quickly. It didn't seem realistic (not that a lot of this book is) or even true to the Ryan character. I'd thought he would have questions and try to piece it together. There is some kind of disconnect with his acceptance of the reality that just doesn't work for me.I couldn't even begin to predict who might enjoy reading a book like this. I thought I would be one of those readers, but I was wrong.

  • Pam Eller
    2018-12-04 04:15

    I like parts of this book. The premise is awesome. I was not distressed by the back and forth between the personalities, which seemed to throw most people. I was put off by the lack of characters for me to "root" for. The protagonist.. was that supposed to be Jenny? Because she was the weakest minded woman Ive read about. I would be ashamed of myself if I looked at her character and thought she should win. She wanted everyone to save her and couldn't think for herself at all. Half the book was spent talking about fat bitches and the rest was full of slang. I think that this premise with better writing would be an awesome book.

  • Julie Steele
    2018-11-28 05:15

    This book should have been right up my street but I found the first 70% hard going. It did come to life as the story neared its conclusion though and I really enjoyed this part of the book. I found it hard to work out who all the multiple characters were and what their role in the plot was, I was disappointed with the ending too. Still it was such a disturbing psychological story that it stayed with me when I wasn't reading, I usually regard that as the sign of a good book but I think this was just so shocking that I needed to process my thoughts.

  • MeganJarrett
    2018-12-02 10:17

    I just couldn't even get into it. I was ten chapters in, and I gave up. For me, this is pretty horrible. There weren't any spelling errors (usually that's why I quit a book - poor editing is my biggest pet peeve!) but it was choppy and hard to read. I had a difficult time feeling anything for any of the characters and even getting into the story. If you can't grab me by Chapter 10, it's not worth my time and effort. Too many books out there to waste my time!

  • Heather
    2018-12-08 06:16

    This Book was the Worse Book I have EVER EVER read in my life. It was all over the place. It didn't make sense etc. Seemed like it need edit a lot more..It seemed like the first rough copy of the book. Not Good at all. I got it free for Kindle thank god. I can see why now. I had high hopes for this one and highly disappointed. I wished I didn't waste my time finishing it. I thought it would get better.

  • Bob
    2018-12-12 04:09

    i gave up on this book about 1/3 of the way through. the subject was one that interests me, multiple personality. but i simply couldn't get interested in the characters enough to care. reading further would have been a waste of time. as it is, i wasted only 1/3 of the time i otherwise would have.

  • Rashmi Pant
    2018-12-05 08:19

    The book is about Ben, an abused child, whose psyche shatters upon a heart break and he turns into a Psychopath! The characters and the circumstances are not very believable. The book has a disconnected feel to it, especially at the start. Not so impressed.

  • Brandy Cates
    2018-12-08 07:15

    This was one of the most interesting books I've read. Some may find it difficult at first, trying to figure out all of the separate personalities of the main character, but once it's become clear, it'll be one hell of a ride!

  • Lynois Graham
    2018-11-13 05:28

    Pure, unadulterated FILTH!Persona could have been a good novel, but it's nothing but pornography! Removing the pornographic parts would have left less than one chapter of story line. If this were a movie it would have a XXX rating. If possible I'd give Persona a minus 4.

  • Milissa
    2018-12-07 07:32

    A disturbing book.a very graphic book describing child abuse. I could not read it. it looked interesting but was,too much for me

  • Jo Lucas
    2018-11-23 10:16

    This book is fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters Are well written and the story is absorbing. A book that you will get sucked into and be unable to put down.