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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (389 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aric Davis Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455875511
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Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution — and solace — he will sorely need. And when the life of a serial killer tragically collides with the lives in the tattoo shop, Mike and Deb will stop at nothing in their quest for revenge, even if it means stepping outside the known boundaries of life and death. Ink that is full of crematory ashes, a sociopathic killer, and pain in its rawest form.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzy Trautman | 2/13/2014

    " This sounded like a decent idea for a quick little read, but it was terribly executed. It ended up being cliche and laughably predictable even with the addition of a fantasy element partway through the book. The characters all seemed like two dimensional stereotypes, and the dialogue was mostly filler words like "OK". The serial killer came off as a plausible alcoholic rapist, but I didn't think he was a very convincing serial murderer. I get the impression the author checked off most of the boxes on the Wikipedia "serial killer traits" list and then threw in a lot of profanity-laced misogyny and disturbing imagery and called it a day. He briefly mentions his delusions of grandeur, but never fleshes them out. He just keeps saying he loves power and hates women. He sticks around too long at crime scenes, yet never comes close to getting caught. I don't know, he just felt like a bad caricature of a serial killer. I wanted him to either be a more charming, clever, methodical guy like Ted Bundy, or make him a deranged maniac with some schtick, like John Wayne Gacy + the Joker or something and then tell me about his hallucinations of Satan. Half-assing it just felt inauthentic and the drawn out torture sequences felt really forced just for shock value. If I had read this at 14, I would've enjoyed it much more. I'm sure then I would've found the characters more engaging and the plot more compelling. As it stands, I just kept wishing a more proficient writer (with a better editor) had tackled this cool idea of magic ash tattoos. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Donadio | 2/10/2014

    " Wow. I got this on the Kindle deal page and didn't expect it to be half as good as it was. I am now planning on reading whatever the author has to offer. Serial killers, supernatural, tats and piercings all rolled into one book and done very well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deana | 2/6/2014

    " This book's cover attracted me at the local library and the story premise about a tattoo artist I thought unusual so I tried it. I enjoyed it. This book has one of my all time favorite first lines: "Fuck art, this is war." How can you not be intrigued by that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Michel | 1/29/2014

    " A good read, something different than my usual go-to books. Honestly, I read it because it was $2.99 on Amazon and had decent reviews. It kept me interested and entertained, I finished it in just a few days. It felt like it was missing something overall, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I would usually hope for, especially in a book with such traumatic events. But overall, it was enjoyable...and now I can say I've read a book with a tattoo artist as the main character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 1/27/2014

    " Just gave this book a try in a whim and it was truly a great read for me. The characters were interesting and kept me going throughout the complete story. It was dark in places but shone in others. I will read another from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pixi | 1/27/2014

    " It was weird, even for me. A bit too far out there, but well written and kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 1/8/2014

    " Not usually the kind of book I'm drawn to, but I really, really liked this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 1/5/2014

    " No words can describe how much I loved reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Robins | 12/25/2013

    " This was a wonderful surprise. Strong story character development. I will be reading more Aric Davis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharina | 12/5/2013

    " "A Good and Useful Hurt" was a bit more unrealistic than I was initially expecting. The plot seemed a bit forced; that being said, I kept reading addictively. This is the first book in a long time that has made me scared to go to sleep at night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francoise | 11/12/2013

    " Slow to start with but then it really took off. An interesting concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/7/2013

    " Not what I was expecting, but really enjoyed it. A nice change of pace from my usual reads lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 10/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story, even though it was painful at parts. It is the best book I've read for some time now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 4/3/2013

    " I really liked this book. The plot was very original and it kept me interested right up to the end. I read it in one night and couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Jackson | 11/17/2012

    " This is an awesome book filled with everything that I need in a great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whiskandanchor | 8/27/2012

    " I absolutely loved this book. The main character is easy to love. He's very quiet and seemingly honest. The book had a few twists although I wasn't as shocked about a few things, the ending most definitely surprised me. I look forward to reading more from Aric Davis! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan Bellin | 6/14/2012

    " Strange...sad...tragic...disturbing. But oddly appealing. Close to a 4 star, but the end was a little lacking for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawnda Dancy | 5/20/2012

    " This was a very interesting read. It's not something I would have chosen for myself, but I can pass a good deal. I'm glad I took a chance. It was definitely worth the read. It's a unique look at loss and how to deal with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 4/8/2012

    " I couldn't finish this book because I had a really hard time dealing with the language regarding women and the rapist serial killer storyline just wasn't my bag. Others might enjoy this book; it just wasn't for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Baughn | 4/5/2012

    " Really interesting read, although the subject matter was disturbing in some ways. "

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