Book Reviews

[Review] There’s No Safe Word In Master of Pain

Publisher: Death’s Head Press LLC |Published: May 1, 2019|Pages: 227


Master of Pain is brutally savage. Sure, I’ve read serial killer horror, but nothing with this much sex and torture. It’s about a serial killer who uses BDSM chatrooms to lure his victims to Kansas City. He’s killed several women by through torture, rape, and other violent acts. There are no safe words when it comes to his domination, after all, John James is SLAVEMASTER. Once the women are in his home and the games begin, it quickly goes awry. He tortures them with sex toys, then rapes, brands, and mutilates their bodies. He doesn’t stop until the women are lifeless. After he kills them, John lives off of their bank accounts and pensions.

Throw in Melanie, a vulnerable single mom, looking for someone to fulfill her BDSM fantasies and you have an interesting story. She eventually connects with John James in Kansas City. This story also contains the occult. I really wanted to see more of the order. To me, that was the best part of the book. I was wanting the best for Melanie. I really was. John James is a terrible human being who sought too much power. A power he couldn’t handle no matter how hard he tried. As for the other characters, they didn’t have very much depth. Their backgrounds weren’t all that fleshed out.

I didn’t connect with the characters. The dialogue was good. The conversations weren’t clunky or choppy. The writing was solid. Some of the scenes were cringeworthy, though. At some points it veered toward the taboo. The one thing that kept me reading is the outcome. I needed to know what was going to ultimately become of the characters. I wasn’t disappointed. I think the ending is the best part of this book. It really is satisfying. It put a smile on my face. I wish the ending lasted longer.

This was my personal reading experience. Master of Pain may work better for others. I’m definitely going to check out Wrath James White and Kristopher Rufty‘s other work.

Trigger Warnings: Rape and Abuse

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Melanie has always been attracted to assertive, dominant, alpha males. She has always been curious about sadism and masochism, bondage, and submission, but when she meets a man on an online BDSM website, who calls himself SLAVEMASTER, she will experience a level of sadomasochism that goes far beyond safe, sane, and consensual. Inspired by the true story of America’s first online serial killer. From the twisted minds of Wrath James White and Kristopher Rufty, comes a story of extreme violence, sex, perversion, and the occult.

You can find Master of Pain at Amazon.

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