Aric not only has a cool spelling for his name but has an art for writing. I really love “A Good and Useful Hurt” by Aric Davis. I wasn’t sure what to expect as the story was developing. I have to say this book is rated R for its language. The first chapter starts off with the “F” word and I knew that this was a book for me to read. As silly as that sounds, I just knew it was going to be good. Little did I know just how crazy it would be, crazy good.
Mike is a tattoo artist that owns his own shop. He has had some trouble in this life and his recent tragedy was his dramatic off-and-on relationship with Sidney. The story takes place about a year after Sidney commits suicide in the bathroom of the apartment that they share. Since her death, periodically she would appear on his bathroom floor where she died. It bothered him for such a long time and he never told anyone of the sights of her and shrugged it off as a haunting memory.
In the tattoo shop, it’s Mike the owner, Lamar a great friend and fellow tattoo artist, and Becky who runs the front desk. They were looking for a piercer and an applicant named Deb shows up and takes over the job. Her personality is hard for Lamar to deal with at first but they all warmed up and they all became great friends. Doc, a customer of Mike’s, suggested that he not be silly and take the girl out on the town and have fun now that it was time to get back into dating or at least try. Mike hesitated but ended up taking Deb out for beer. After all, she was a ‘hottie’ and totally his type. This developed into a serious romance.
While Mike has several requests to have ashes of loved ones tattooed in the ink, there is a serial killer on the loose. Lives are being taken and it hits a little closer to home in the tattoo shop. Deb wants revenge and Mike is the only one that can make it happen.
So that’s all you get from me. The story is so great! “A Good and Useful Hurt” by Aric Davis was a page turner and I couldn’t stop reading it. I would give more than 5 stars for this one if I could and I’m actually going to seek out Aric Davis’ first novel “Nickel Plated” because I enjoyed this one so much! I will have to keep track of this writer because this is my kind of read! Love, Love, Love it!!
A Good and Useful Hurt
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (9/12)