Without Rules has been quite a disturbing read and definitely won’t be your cup of tea if you’re easily offended by sexually graphic language, particularly as it involves children. There are parts that make for very uncomfortable reading.
China is a feisty character and has a particularly foul mouth, but that’s somewhat unsurprising considering the abuse she has endured from the age of six. She is determined to make someone pay for what she has been subjected to and I was praying she would find the justice she deserves and those accountable would get their comeuppance.
I have to admit that this book was quite confusing to start with as we are introduced to a lot of characters in quick succession and there’s a lot going on which doesn’t seem to make much sense at the very beginning. Don’t let this put you off though as it all becomes clear along the way and I found myself totally gripped.
There are many characters throughout this story who literally made my stomach turn. Arrogant, sadistic, self-absorbed people who think they are above the law and untouchable, particularly if they have money and/or are in positions of power. What makes it all the more sickening is knowing that there are people like this getting away with crimes like these in the real world and some probably never get the punishment they deserve, until they meet their maker. It’s heart-breaking to think how many victims there are out there who never get the justice they deserve because they are too frightened to speak out or have been successfully convinced that no-one would believe them anyway.
Without Rules is an extremely fast-paced story with very short, sharp chapters told from the perspectives of various characters. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat!