“This is a shiny gem. The author gave this story a very ardent, genuine voice. As I was reading, I became wonderfully engrossed in Lily's characterization. It is apparent that SBR Martin took this story very personally and was very kind to it. This is a very austere and probing piece of fiction....”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is a shiny gem. The author gave this story a very ardent, genuine voice. As I was reading, I became wonderfully engrossed in Lily's characterization. It is apparent that SBR Martin took this story very personally and was very kind to it. This is a very austere and probing piece of fiction. It tells a tale that is usually untold; a story of abuse that is usually hidden by society and thus gives a voice to victims, even if it is a conflicted voice. Her prose is guileless and patent and gave this story incredible sincerity and deep humanity. ”Rana Kelly wrote this review Thursday, August 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Lilith’s plight in life was plotted out for her from the day she was born. Her name alone, provided by her teen mother’s lesbian partner, evoked in her the ability to be a non-conformist in a man’s world. Whether by knowledge or nature Lilly embraced her heritage and took from men just as men took from women.
When Ben entered her life she learned too late what is was that made him so different and by the time the discovery was made it was too late. Martin’s novel of life takes us down the road of sex, death and abandonment, through great dark forests of abuse, lies and sweet revenge.
Pig starts in a funeral home where we are introduced to our protagonist Lilly as she welcomes visitors as her husband lies dead in the next room and she lets us, the reader, into the secret that no one else suspects, the accident was not ‘accidental’; she murdered Joe. From a writers standpoint the idea of a funeral home is a great concept to introduce life as it was. The idea of seeing people from the past and building the storyline that leads through them to the present is masterfully presented by Martin.
We don’t know at the moment how Joe died but through compelling side stories we learn what led to his untimely end. Domestic abuse is a subject that constantly raises its ugly head and Martin paints us a picture of how Lilly’s life was again plotted out for her, this time by her controlling husband and reminds us, as do many police blotters, why so many women stay in these types of relationships.
As the mourners at the funeral continue to flock into the room so the story unravels and the suspense builds. Evidently Lilly is clutching in her hand the one piece of damning evidence that will bring to the fore everything to show what really happened on that final ill-fated night.
This is a passionate voice from an emerging young writer that presents us with a thrilling novel of contemporary fiction flavored with a little erotica and suspense that makes it hard to peg this tome in one particular genre and makes a compelling case for that cross-over genre style that is so pervasive in the modern novel. The final chapter presents a jaw-dropping twist that makes it all worthwhile.
“Pig blew me away. I don't normally read adult literature but the characters in SBR Martin's story are relatable and the viewpoints, gritty.
Some things come at you, shocking you to the very core. I would cringe, but still read. My head shook more than I think it ever has, but still I pressed on with a slight need to know what else could possible go wrong for this one or that one. The grit was even more so than a Piccoult novel (which I do enjoy-an exception, to my non-adult book rule!)
SBR Martin's characters are introduced well, through memories and descriptions, forcing your eyes to press on, especially Lily's thoughts, which come unedited and raw.You begin to ask yourself, can one person experience this much pain and suffering? You think you're about to figure out what's in her hand just to learn that it's another twist.
The use of storytelling is compelling and shocking. The ending came at me with great surprise! Here, this woman suffered so much abuse and even in the end, lived up to what her husband created: the woman who always protects her abuser...
I loved the surprising twist in this novel and would read another of SBR Martin's books any day!
Warning: This book is not for the passive or the sensitive for that matter. Be prepared for a different kind of roller-coaster ride. One that takes you down and down and down then twisted and jerks you sideways until there isn't any breath left in your lungs breathe. When you close this book, you'll still feel just as breathless, wondering how you missed all the signs that pointed to the ending. ”
“Author: SBR Martin
Published By: The Artist's Orchard LLC
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Pig" by SBR Martin was truly one real that I will never forget. When I started reading this read I could not imagine what this was all about but I soon found out....it was some excellent story telling that I couldn't put it down. How this author ... Ms. Martin was able to deliver a story like this one was truly off the chart...... good. It was truly amazing in how this author created such a story with characters that seemed so very real. This story involved two main characters: Lily and Bender who truly had a life full of ...alcohol, sex, domestic abuse, drugs, marriage, family that ended at the funeral. The author took me on a ride that had many twist and turns .... reflecting Lily's life....but being able to keep up will find there was a shocked at the end.
"Pig" was truly a story that was very different than anything I have ever read. You will simply have to pick up PIG and see for yourself how good it is written and I would definitely recommend this as a excellent read....FOR THE TITLE 'PIG' really describes HIM!”