Thriller Book Review: Poppy by Terri Peterson

Thriller Book Review

Title
Poppy
Author: Terri Peterson
Publication Date: Nov 20, 2020
Genres: Thriller
Shelves: Female-authored, Female-fronted, Transgender

The second in a new series from Terri Peterson, Poppy starts out as a gritty coming-of-age, coming-out drama, before crossing paths with Daisy to become another dark, sexually charged thriller with a transgender protagonist.

While I'm used to Terri exploring the dark side of love and the worst of human motivations, the opening chapters here were still a struggle to read. We're witness to the breaking and spiritual death of Robert Day at the hands of a man he thinks loves him, taking him through the throes of Stockholm syndrome before finally finding a new path as his sexy alter-ego, Poppy.

Psychiatrists say that there’s a thin line between love and hate, and there’s really no such thing as an accident.

It's with that line that the story is transformed, as an accident that Poppy herself isn't sure was an accident, leads to her liberation day. It's in that second half of life that she crosses paths with Daisy, becoming part of her crew, and becoming lost in a violent life of crime. It's dark stuff, but somehow empowering in the process, with these women claiming their own in a world where they'd normally be dismissed as victims. 

Violent, action-packed, and sexually charged, Poppy is a guilty pleasure, one of those books where there's no good versus evil, just better motivations versus worse intentions. It's a story that works on it's own, as part of The Snow Queen saga, but something readers of Terri's other books will appreciate even more.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

My sincere thanks to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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