This book is awesomely intricate and entertaining. I loved that you got multiple POVs. You have Gaby’s, Kyle’s, and Isla’s. Gaby is scared for her life. The only death that scares her, is the death that could be at her husband, Kyle’s hands. Kyle thinks he is the perfect husband in his egotistical, self-centered, manically abusive mind. He has no idea why Gaby, with her perfect life, would want to leave. Detective Isla Mornay Osmund and determine to find out what happened to Gaby. She is driven by a force from her past to keep her moving forward and deeper into her cases, especially ones like this.
Gaby’s fear and pain is palpable and will have you on edge, especially while you get riled up and angered over Kyle and his way of thinking and feeling. He will have you shouting at the book, and also wanting to warn Gaby. You’ll want to help Isla put the pieces together to nail him to the wall.
The only thing that bothered me about this book is the use of the word “smelt.” Smelt is not a word used in place of “smelled” in the States and this book takes place in Connecticut/New York.
This book is long and a bit of a slow read, but it’s because of the intricate details. The details are what make this book what it is. It is fabulously consuming. The story picks up and becomes faster paced after the hallway point.
Grab it, dig in, and prepare to be amazed by a wonderful story. Find out if Kyle finds Gaby or if she’s able to be free and find her Happily Ever After.
Not suitable for anyone under 18 due to adult situations and domestic abuse, sometimes graphic.
Title: Nelumbo Nucifera
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: Jan 24, 2017
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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?
This book contains themes that some readers may find disturbing. Contains possible triggers.
For every copy of this book sold 10p will be donated to The Katie Piper Foundation.
Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of:
Nelumbo Nucifera and Till Death Us Do Part.
Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.
Although Cristina loves pink and fluffy, her writing isn’t. She loves to focus on raw human emotion and gritty story lines; she’s very fond of messing with her readers heads by weaving twists into her books.
Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, and several spoiled pets. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favorite.