Behind the walls of a mental hospital, Naomi Carradine feels her world breaking to pieces. She's starting to believe all the voices questioning her sanity. Only visitors from the outside world keep her tethered to reality. But deep in her thoughts, Naomi is haunted by memories of a golden summer that twisted into a waking nightmare of obsessive love and fractured truths.
Just home from college, Naomi moves in with her best friend, Lana, the daughter of a Virginia senator. At a lavish party thrown by Lana's father, Naomi meets a sexy stockbroker named Max and finds herself unable to resist his charms. One fiery kiss, and she's going back for more, beginning a terrifying descent. Having witnessed the unspeakable, Naomi has only one hope of escape: unraveling the devastating secrets of her past.
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"A sexy, mysterious, and enthralling story." (Claire Contreras, author of There Is No Light in Darkness)
The subject matter in this book is very disturbing. If you trigger easy for inhumane crimes this book might not be for you. That being said. I thought the authors story to be intricate and cleverly told. You really get a sense of what is unfolding, early on. That's a bit disappointing. However if you redirect your mind to approach from the plot, the story becomes more appealing. I was uncomfortable with the ease the author wrote in comparison of one event to the other. I'm not certain that the two instances of the same event in different circumstances was truly relevant to the story. Overall good enough story.
This book contains sexual violence and other kinds of abuse, and graphic depictions of mental illness. If you are sensitive to those topics, this is probably not the story for you. I am not, and it was upsetting. It's a well written story, just very heavy.
I didn't think it contributed much, and I believe it would've been a much better book without it. I also saw the ending coming and I was disappointed that it was predictable.
This is basically poorly written soft-core porn with a flimsy plot added in. I predicted every "twist" and the final explanation is poorly formed and inconsistent with credible psychological research. Find something better to read - this book wasn't worth it!
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