Consequences by Aleatha Romig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Consequences is an elegant tale of suspense. It hooks you from the very first chapter. You read it and wonder, "How and why did all of this happen?" As the story unfolded, I couldn't help but anticipate a major plot twist at any time - surely things couldn't be exactly as they seemed. The "kicker" comes late in the novel, but oh, what a kicker it is! Clues are present throughout the novel in the form of short chapters set in the 1980s, while the main action takes place in the present.
Claire Nichols, the heroine, is a bit hard to identify with at times, because she comes to accept a lifestyle that seems so completely unacceptable, even though she seems to be a rather strong woman in general. She's treated horribly, and by the end of the novel she's forced to use every ounce of her strength to keep from falling apart. Will she able to hold herself together? Truth, the second book in the series, will tell.
Even though she's a damsel in severe distress, and I tend to avoid this type of suspense novel because I find them a bit unsettling, I came to like Claire as a character. She really does try her best to survive in some very harsh psychological conditions. I hope she triumphs in the second book.
Disclosure: I received an e-book copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. It took me an embarrassingly long time to read and review this book - Aleatha, I'm so sorry. This review represents my own opinion, and I received no compensation other than the book itself.
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