After reading the description of Hamartia by Ben Hoene, I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it through the short novella as one of the characters deals with some authentic and painful situations that hit close to home. With that being said, I’m glad I took a chance on it. All of Hoene’s characters are well written, but my favorite was Natasha Cole. Natasha is first introduced at the age of 13 and then again at the age of 43; 30 years later.
She starts out as a bright-eyed, kind-hearted, intelligent young lady with the whole world in front of her even though she comes from circumstances that are engineered for her to fail in life. After suffering rape she changes, as one might expect her to. She exhibits behavior that was very real to read. Fear, secrecy, embarrassment, guilt, are all things she is confronted with. To be honest, they were hard to read, but not for reasons that one might think. It wasn’t hard to read because she suffered a rape, it was hard to read because Hoene writes it in such a way that one can imagine themselves being in her place, going through everything she is going through. The good and the bad.
Hamartia is full of, unexpected events, hope, sadness, and pure terror in places. Hoene has taken a unique approach to confronting some very controversial and polarizing topics, and has done so in a way that reads as fiction, but leaves you thinking about what you read long after you have reached the end of the book.
Will there be redemption or revenge? You’ll have to read it to find out.
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Ben Hoene is a director, writer, producer, actor, editor, cinematographer, musician, and photographer.