Book Title: The Registration (a Novel) by Madison Lawson
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 320 pages
Publisher: CamCat Books
Release date: September 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. There is violence, including a torture scene, and some language, as well as mention of domestic violence, abuse, murder, and abortions.
You can’t outrun the Registration.
Imagine it’s legal to commit one murder in your lifetime⎯if you Register the victim and accomplish the kill within fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize stands in line to Register the man who abused her as a child, she’s shocked to hear a stranger Register her to be killed. Why would anyone who doesn’t know her squander his one legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find out who wants to kill her⎯and why.
Easier said than done as Lynell soon discovers that multiple strangers have used their Registration on her. Along the way, she reunites with her estranged husband who is determined to dig up a past Lynell prefers to keep buried. With only days left to live, Lynell fights to uncover the truth and survive a destiny not of her choosing.
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I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
The Registration begins with Lynell overhearing someone Registering her, and it is a page-turner immediately. She’s a survivor who has not had the best life so far. She was abused by her stepfather. She has an ex who she still loves, but that whole storyline of their past was a little bothersome for me.
Lynell and Daniel represented good and innocence while her uncle represented the epitome of evil. There were several torture scenes that were horribly graphic, so if you’re squeamish, I wouldn’t recommend this book (this is the 2nd audiobook in a row I’ve said that).
There is a lot about her family that Lynell doesn’t know since she never knew who her father was. She does learn about her family and there are some twists, but there are also a couple of things that were so obvious that I thought I must be wrong – but I wasn’t.
The narrator did a good job. I enjoyed listening to her voice, and her pace and timing were spot on.
I do recommend The Registration. Any book that makes me cry as hard as it did proves that the characters were well-developed, but I wish there was more to the ending. Maybe there will be a follow up book?
About the Author
Author Madison Lawson writes speculative fiction novels full of suspense, social commentary, and complex relationships. She has published a dozen short stories, many of which won awards such as the Koresh Award and the Gordone Award. She received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is currently earning her M.A. in English at North Carolina State University. Born and raised in a small Texas town, Madison began escaping through reading and writing as soon as she could.
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