Empathy by Ker Dukey

Posted May 31, 2015 by Debbie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Empathy by Ker DukeyEmpathy by Ker Dukey
Also by this author: I See You,
Series: Empathy #1
Published by Independently Published on August 27th 2014
Genres: BDSM, Dark Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Psychological, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 200
Format: eBook

Warning!!! This is a dark adult novel with explicit sex and upsetting scenes. 18+ only please. Empathy is a standalone novel.


I am a brother
I am a police detective
I am a contract killer
I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want … EMPATHY.

They say some people are born with decreased activity in the front central lobe causing them a deficiency in empathy. Maybe that’s true about me but whether I was born this way or created in a moment of evil, empathy was something I didn’t possess until her green eyes met mine in the mirror and I couldn’t take her life.

I didn’t want to feel, didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived but she was there at every turn. Sent to haunt me for my sins. Her light so bright she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. When a job turns bad quickly altering my life forever I’m forced to feel. When nothing is making sense I’m forced to face truths I never would recover from. When life drowns you in its cruelty you don’t know which way the current will drag you or who you’ll become once you re-surface.

I was a daughter
I was a student
I was a victim
Did I have his love?
Did I make him feel?
Did I have his empathy?
When the actions of a soulless killer forces sorrow into my veins I never dreamed the man healing my wounds would be the one to leave the worst scar. His love would scar my soul. Scars are permanent; I will never feel the relief from them. Will I learn to live with them, remember why I have them and learn never to let him close enough to inflict more? Will I eventually cover them… like tattoos coating them with new memories, new love and new starts? I didn’t know these answers because the pain was too suffocating, the only thing I knew was they will always be under the surface lingering. He had scars too, from his sins. There is nothing that can cover them, they were too deep, too ugly, too dark and they marked us both forever.


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Is it possible to be born into depravity? Can the gene that makes us feel be replaced with one that makes us crave blood, to torment and twist people until they break so beautifully before our eyes? Or is it the lies and the deceit that we are led to believe that have the ability to turn us into someone who loves the kill?

“When your story is written on a piece of paper and that paper gets crumpled up and thrown into a shredder, you can piece the tatters back together although the damage remains. So does your story, you just have to continue to write even if the paper isn’t perfect.”

The words of Empathy will own you within the first two sentences. Heavy on emotion this book will take control of your mind making you believe only what the author directs you to.

Characters that hold such incredible strength will overpower you. Characters that are so weak they will slowly shatter you. You feel with such intensity every motion, emotion and lack thereof. Connection to each and every character happens within an instant of their introduction into the story. Some you love, some you bleed for and some f**k with your mind making you question every moral you thought you had.

“She is so feisty I can’t decide if I want to squeeze her throat and watch her eyes gloss over with tears, or rip her tiny shorts off and bury my dick inside her, making her scream, making her so f**king dirty she’ll never get clean.”

 A story line that is so twisted, so beyond the scope of imagination you will spend hours wondering how the author in her utter brilliance was able to write this amazing, confusing, heart-stopping, heart-pounding, thrilling and insanely erotic story.

“Rage wasn’t an emotion in that moment, it was an entity grown from the darkest depths of my being, vibrating through my skin to be released.”

 Through the haze of sexual desire we are graced with a story of family, truths and lies. Is the path taken to protect the right one? Is the person being protected the person he seems to be. Are we really predestined to live with such hate that the need to protect at any measure is one we do without remorse? Is it possible that underneath the person we believe we are is not the person we are at all?

Empathy is brilliantly written with a solid and strong story line. The pace of this story is fast and the execution is beyond perfect. The twists, turns and the unexpected will mystify and have you holding your breath in utter disbelief. You will fall in love and gasp in shock. You will feel your pulse accelerate, your heartbeat double and you will feel the hurt so deep within yourself.

I found that once I started reading Empathy I could not put the book down. The words cast a spell and I was gone, reality slipped away as I made my decent into a world that owned me completely.



About Ker Dukey

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. We also used to put on performances by acting out stories. I wanted to become an actress from an early age so I could live out many roles but unfortunately I learned early on that my mind was too active…(I would end up wanting to change the script)
I would watch films or TV shows and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so I thought it best that I tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

Come find me on facebook where i love interacting with my readers.

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PA to Ker Dukey;
Terrie Arasin

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