Nelumbo Nucifera by Cristina Slough
Standalone. Psychological Thriller & Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Rating: 5+ stars
On the surface, Gaby Parker has it all; however, behind closed doors, is a woman who lives in constant fear of the man who was supposed to love her: her husband, Kyle. Beaten, desperate, and broken, Gaby realizes the only way to escape from her violent husband is to kill herself — on paper. Gaby is dead, and Riley Locklin is born, residing in the tranquil coastal town of Chesswick Bay Montauk where she hopes to start over and meets a man who shows her bruises aren’t kisses. Meanwhile, back home, Kyle is doing everything in his power to prove Gaby isn’t dead. But…police find her burnt-out car and remains? Kyle isn’t buying it; he knows she’s still alive. He launches his own full investigation to find his wife — and he’ll stop at nothing to claim her back. A female Detective assigned to his wife’s case doesn’t like him very much after discovering a domestic violence report - scorned by the history of her mother’s domestic abuse, she’s determined to send Kyle down for his wife’s murder. And then he finds her. Will Gaby finally take a stand? - NELUMBO NUCIFERA
Nelumbo Nucifera is a cleverly crafted book that will keep readers hanging on the edge of their seat and FEELING some very powerful emotions. It is not necessarily a romance rather, a psychological thriller with a romance added in making it the PEFRECT read for fans of either genre. Having read quite a few amazing books in my time, I will tell you this… This book is jumping up to my top 10 FAVORITE reads of ALL TIME. Why? Because it is powerful. The message behind the story is emotional and raw, but told with such beauty and poise that readers will be unable to stop reading it. Additionally, readers will likely feel an instant connection with the characters- mainly Riley – but also the secondary ones. Perhaps even the villain? There were moments that I did… But in the end I knew who the “good guy” was. Yikes! What an amazing story. It’s a definite must read, one that I have a hard time describing with words because it is so good. And that cover? Gah, I am in LOVE!!!
Now, I don’t want to give away any spoilers for this book because honestly, it’s just the type of book that you need to read for yourself. I will however, tell you what it reminds me of so you can get an idea as to what it is like. So, it reminds me of two of my favorite books- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Why Gone Girl? Because readers will not be able to figure out which narrator is unreliable and which is not. Yes, you will go back and forth so much with this but I promise, you will feel satisfied when everything is tossed out in the open. In addition to this, the story is clearly a psychological thriller and is so twisty that your mind with spin. I loved this as it is not only UNIQUE, but clever as well. Finally, why does it remind me of Safe Haven? Because the plot follows a woman on the run from the man that was supposed to keep her safe, but hurt her instead. But does he really? Or is she just another crazy broad who lies to get her way? Hehe! You’ll have to see for yourself.
Overall, I highly (and I mean very highly) recommend this book. I also recommend the authors first book (which is a romance). Her writing style is flawless and both books are very unique.
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Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens…
Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.
In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.
No matter what.