By Cristina Slough
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Romance
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 a long time I had not been able to put my thoughts together, because I was feeling a lot of emotions at once. I even thought of not reviewing then again I had to share with you people, what I felt about this highly intense book.
I have to admit that Gaby is a really strong woman because she got the courage to leave that husband who not only hit her body, but also her soul. He stripped her of her self esteem, made her hollow. I agree she suffered abuse for a long time, NO, she didn’t walk out the first time it happened, but at least she was brave enough to do it, she loved herself enough to finally move out, even though she knew if she got caught then her husband would probably kill her.
Kyle, hmmm…., there were so many instances when I felt like holding this man and throwing him out of the window and then again picking him up to repeat. He never saw anything wrong with his actions, he thought that he was saving Gaby from disappointment by crushing her dream of becoming an artist, he thought by dictating her every move, by stealing her freedom, and in return giving her materialistic pleasure of clothes, house, cars, etc he was giving her a perfect life. I agree that Kyle had a bad childhood, but nothing accounts for the monster he was, the pain that he caused Gaby.
There were many instances in this story where l felt my eyes pooling with tears. There were many emotional moments in this book especially when Gaby thought about all the humiliations she suffered.
Another thing that l loved about the novel was the sweet love story between Ben and Gaby. Even though I felt that Gaby fell in love with Ben little too quickly for a woman who just came out of a bad marriage, but still the love story was sweet and a heartwarming.
Apart from the main story of Gaby, there is also a side story of the detective in charge, Isla. In the process of saving Gaby, she saved herself. Isla’s story is like a short story, in the novel, where she finally shredded the shakles of the past holding her.
Nelumbo Nucifera will always hold a very special place in my heart.
I highly recommend this book.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
(4 stars out of 5)
*Book received in return from publisher via Netgalley*