Flawed By Francette Phal Review

“You are this beautiful thing I want to destroy.”Blood.
That’s the only memory he carries from a childhood he does not remember. And now it is all he knows. Blood is his life.Knox Bishop has done a lot of horrible things, all at the command of the man who holds his leash. It’s a matter of loyalty for him. Allegiance to the man who saved his life when he was a child. So he goes where he is needed and does what he is told. He tortures. He kills. He kills. He tortures. It is an unrelenting cycle that he constantly craves and can never quite satisfy.Until her.

Eighteen year old Lacey Barnes distributes her assets to fund her dreams. Medical school is the end game and she is determined to get there by any means necessary. But a family member’s careless mistake derails her plans and now she must pay a price in order to save him.She goes to Knox willingly offering him the only valuable thing she has. Herself. In doing so he allows her into his world, a world she quickly realizes is void of any light and hope for escape is utterly elusive. But escape is something she finds that she no longer wants.”He lays a path of pleasure laced agony for me to follow and I do. Stupidly I follow him down the blinding darkness of his euphoric hell.”


Silvana's Review

4.5 STARS!


Having read all of Francette Phal‘s other books and enjoyed them, I had to read this; Let me say that once again I was not disappointed. This book is well written in a thought-provoking style and one which I enjoyed immensely. Francette knows how to write real and flawed characters perfectly.

There are a few scenes in the book that touched on a sensitive subject matter, which is sadly happening in our world and didn’t gloss over it, just showed the ugly reality;  you need to read this book to know what I’m talking about,  I have read more disturbing books  but ‘Flawed’  is still not an easy story to read. KATIA, all I can say is KARMA.

While I sympathized with our heroine Lacey, I was also angry with her. I do understand her need to protect her family, but in some cases, it is best just to walk away.  It would have been best for her and for her brother just to walk away from him and let him reap the consequences of his actions. She was enabling his destructive behavior which led to Knox using that weakness against her

“You see, giving you the option of choosing between yourself and your brother presents you with the opportunity to once again put him first. Family always comes first. That’s who you are. That’s how you think. I know you, Lacey, I see how your mind works. I know the choices you’re going to make before you even make them. How? Because you’ve convinced yourself that this is what you need to function. Another sacrifice for you to make”

Our hero Knox is not someone I would ever swoon over, he is a tortured soul, dark, unemotional and cruel; A complex character that for the most part incites anger, hatred, and  horror with his actions and yet towards the end, the author was able to make me feel empathy towards him. I don’t know if Knox will ever be redeemed but I sure will take the journey with him to the end.


This book ends in one hell of a cliffhanger, one that has me salivating for the next book. I want Lacey to find peace and be happy, with or without Knox, the poor girl endured and still endures so much.

“Please don’t let them take me. I belong to you.”

“Everything I do now is for her, to protect her. She is the only one that sustains me. The only person in this world I cannot do without. She is the one person I will not share.She is mine.”

Book 2, I’m waiting

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