PERfunctory AfFECTION

PERfunctory AfFECTION

Is it better to live a lie of perfection when the truth is too ugly to survive? Meg wants a normal life. Her new artistic style, born in the depression of her mother?s death, is poised to take the art world by storm, if she could just overcome the debilitating anxiety caused by the car accident that scarred her boyfriend, Austin. Encouraged by her therapist, Meg pushes outs Is it better to live a lie of perfection when the truth is too ugly to survive? Meg wants a normal life. Her new...

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Title:PERfunctory AfFECTION
Author:Kim Harrison
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1596068965
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

PERfunctory AfFECTION Reviews

  • Carrie
    Mar 05, 2019
    Perfunctory Affection is a stand-alone novel from Kim Harrison of the Hollows fame, set in a world that appears to be very similar to our own. I absolutely *adored* the Hollows novels, and it pains me greatly to have had such a negative reaction to this book. Meg, the protagonist, has ...
  • Victoria Hamel
    Apr 18, 2019
    This book is excellent. The narrator Meg is entirely unreliable. I was compelled to finish this book as quickly as possible so that I could find out what happens, and much is left unclear-by Kim Harrison's design, I do not fault her for that, I understand this was her plan. I just fini...
  • Darcy
    Mar 10, 2019
    This was an odd one for me, I'm not even sure what to shelf it under and very unlike the author's other work. I felt for Meg, she seems at a cross-roads in her life, a life that has been tough for her lately. All of a sudden new people appear in her life and she seems to take contro...
  • Suz
    May 16, 2019
    The story was adeptly told, particularly in regards to wordsmithing. Although I had figured out much of the story earlier than the reveal there were still some twists I wasn't expecting. But I didn't enjoy spending the entire book in the head of someone deeply mentally disturbed. ...
  • Lynn
    Jan 29, 2019
    As readers can tell from the cover, which looks somewhat like a horror novel, this story from Urban Fantasy author, Kim Harrison, is not part of the Hollows series. It is part psychological thriller and part paranormal?maybe. This complex tale centers on Meg, an artist struggling wit...
  • Yodamom
    Jun 04, 2019
    What the what, and huh ? Any book I have to reread sections of over and over to try to figure out who is saying what and what the hell is happening ? No. Not even for Ms. Harrison one of my favorite authors. This jumbled mess is going back to the library unfinished. ...
  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
    Apr 14, 2019
    2.5 stars *I received a free audio copy of PERfunctory AfECTION from Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.* This story was very strange, to say the least. And Meg was such an unreliable narrator I still have no idea what was going on....
  • Ithlilian
    Aug 10, 2019
    I'm not sure how my eyes landed on this at the library, but I'm glad they did. I loved Kim Harrison's urban fantasy series, so I had to give this a try even though it seemed completely different. I'm glad I did because I loved every bit of it! I finished it in practically one sitting. ...
  • Susan
    Mar 11, 2019
    Having enjoyed Harrison's Hollows series, I wasn't sure what to expect with PERfunctory AfFECTION. Harrison delivers an compelling tale of a woman trying desperately to get back to a sense of normal after a horrific car crash. Meg is trying new medication prescribed by her doctor to he...
  • ☕️Kimberly
    Mar 27, 2019
    PERfunctory AfFECTION was different. An unreliable narrator and events that unfold will leave the reader pondering what they have just read. Some will say horror, some will say psychology thriller and still other will declare it fantasy or paranormal. I am not going into any details...
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    Mar 15, 2019
    I received a copy of Perfunctory Affection through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Perfunctory Affection is the newest novella from Kim Harrison. It explores the concepts of love, perfection, life, truth, and understanding. It?s a heavy but fascinating read,...
  • Marcia
    Apr 08, 2019
    This is a really hard book to review. It's is a bit of a suspense/psychological thriller. I have read 3 books that were similar in the last 5 years and thus I wasn't really surprised by the plot reveals. I didn't really like the lead character Meg at the beginning and pretty much h...
  • Tabitha
    Jun 06, 2019
    Brought on by the death of her mother, Meg has been suffering from severe anxiety for years. Every day is a living hell as she fights her way through panic attacks and irrational fears. All Meg wants is to be a normal person again. To be able to be around people without worrying about ...
  • Alex Can Read
    Jun 05, 2019
    I struggled with this book. I love Kim Harrison's writing, generally, but Perfunctory Affection was hard for me. I really liked how she portrayed anxiety, and how it can really limit your world. I have anxiety, and it can really shrink your world in unexpected ways. Basic things can be...
  • Sionna
    Mar 30, 2019
    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* DNF @ 39% As a huge fan of The Hollows, I was so excited to see something new out by this author. I jumped on getting the ARC and dived into the book with an abundance of excitement. Whic...
  • jeliy
    Apr 05, 2019
    DNF I found this book to be disappointing dry. I pushed myself to finish, but only made it to the start of chapter 6 and could go no further. I'm a retired psych nurse and retired for a reason. I had enough then and the main character was too over the top for me now. I'm a big f...
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    Apr 24, 2019
    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Subterranean Press. Trigger warnings: death, death of a parent, severe injury, car accident, fire, violence, blood, mental illness, anxiety, anxiety attacks, depression, verbal abuse. Meg has been in therapy for three ...
  • Steven
    Mar 12, 2019
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I love Kim Harrison. I tore through her Hollows series and fell in love with that world all over again with her prequel. I read both of the Drafter novels that were published, and wo...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Apr 08, 2019
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart PERfunctory AfFECTION is a little bit of a mind boggle at times. Meg is an unreliable narrator and that makes figuring out what is going on a little more difficult as she doesn?t seem in her right mind. This story is one ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Mar 29, 2019
    I can't tell if Kim Harrison's writing style isn't for me or if this was just the worst possible introduction to her work, because so many of my friends LOVE her, but this writing style threw me off from literally the very first page and never got any better. I skimmed through the firs...
  • Nichole
    Apr 03, 2019
    Meg has suffered from depression since her mother's death. Add the guilt of hurting her boyfriend when she intentionally drove into a tree, and you have a pretty troubled young woman. Her doctor is going to let her try a new and experimental drug to help with her treatment. I reall...
  • Marie
    Jan 29, 2019
    Thanks to netgalley, subterranean, and especially kim harrison. I?m always anxious to read anything by Kim Harrison. This was no exception. I?ve not read anything like this before and I was intrigued all the way through. I absolutely love this and I think Miss Harrison has seen a n...
  • Rebecca Goss
    Jan 23, 2019
    Meg is placed on a trial experimental psychiatric medication, whose aim is to allow her to experience emotions that she was previously numb to in effort to effectively deal with them. The side effects to this medication are plentiful and may be permanent. As a mental health professiona...
  • Kathy Kennerley
    Jan 17, 2019
    I loved it! This author is one of my favorites. The story is tense and you can feel a wrongness simmering beneath the surface but can't figure out what it is. It was well past halfway when things were revealed and then everything made sense. I should have realized sooner but I didn't e...
  • Feral
    Jul 22, 2019
    If you like unreliable narrators and psychological suspense that ends in ambiguity, this is the book for you. It's well written and I understand the author has the right to try something new. But it is not something I enjoyed. It was hard for me to read because I do not like any of the...
  • Michelle Thompson
    Apr 10, 2019
    I didn't have expectations going into the book other than I enjoy the author and her storytelling. I was gripped by the first chapter and enjoyed the ride through the book. Unlike the usual strong female leads, Meg was someone you felt for and the theme of real life being unachievable ...
  • Patricia Romero
    Jan 22, 2019
    Meg wants to overcome her crippling anxiety and depression which took hold after her mother's death and her boyfriend, Austin, is supportive of her. Her therapist starts her on a trial drug what is supposed to cement new patterns in her brain. Or so she says The pills help her and w...
  • Tea With Rose's Tomes
    Mar 29, 2019
    I am going to start off and say i am a die hard fan of The Hollows series! So when I saw a review copy on Netgalley, I jumped on it. Read the summary and was like this will be interesting. More of a thriller! It's giving me such great pains to say I had to stop reading this book. Th...
  • Mary
    Jul 20, 2019
    I completely understand why some readers reacted negatively to this book. It was certainly confusing. That being said, many aspects of the book resonated with me - in particular, Meg's extreme anxiety, as well as her "adoption" by a glamorous, seemingly perfect new friend. Throughout t...
  • Tonya Nardi
    May 10, 2019
    I haven?t liked any of the Kim Harrison books as much as I liked the Hollows series, although I can?t really put a finger on why that is. The premise of this was good and the characters were interesting. I?m sorry it didn?t have a more complete end. I think the problem for m...