Dark love—what is it? What forms of love does it take? Perversity and destructiveness, to name but two. Where does it take place? Anywhere. In the most loving-seeming of families, in the most disparate of households, in the prettiest of cities.We find it all in suspense legal thriller Automaton, jumping deep into a murder trial with the victim’s wife on the stand as an eyewitness. The secret of a strange and terrible tale is being squeezed from her.
Can’t get any darker than this.
The prettiest of cities: Canberra, Australia’s national capital. Affectionately known as ‘The bush capital.’
Elisabeth turned back to the witness. “In times of adversity—when things have been hard for the family, would you say that you have all stood together to protect each other from harm?”“That is what family is for, to help and protect.”
“Is it also a giving of love?”
This needed a little consultation with the translator. When it had been explained to Eleni’s satisfaction she sat up and said, “Yes.”
“So your family—your husband, yourself, and your sons—loved each other very much?”
“You loved your sons as only a mother could love her sons?”
Hand to heart and with immense feeling, Eleni said, “Yes.”
“And your husband loved his sons as only a father could?”
Accompanying her answer with deep nods, Eleni repeated, “Yes.”
“Your husband loved you as a devoted man loves the woman he has chosen to share his life with?”
The nods deepened. “Yes.”
“And you loved him very much also?”
“He was my life.”
“Even though he beat you?”
Bianca’s Note: Wow! Quite the cliffhanger. An interesting glimpse into the psychology behind loving someone even though they display the worst kids of cruelty towards you.
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