I saw several reviews that compared The Lonely Hearts Hotel with The Night Circus, one of my favorite books. I couldn’t even make it through the first fifty pages.
The book opens with the matter-of-fact rape of a twelve year old girl by her older cousin and then focuses very strangely on an infant’s penis/erection. That’s the first two pages.
Then it goes on to describe the systematic abuse of children in an orphanage, the beatings and starvation they endure. And how they deserve it.
And then an eleven year old boy gets raped by an adult woman, in a scene that felt voyaristic in the same manner Lolita does.
I noped the fuck out of there.