A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVEL. No one knew a woman lived there or that she even existed. A monster, living in darkness...
At twenty-two, Nicole doesn't even look human anymore. The beast made sure of that. So she hides. A monster, consigned to a life of fear and solitude. This is all she deserves, she is quite sure of that.
And then one day out of the blue, the autographed baseball caught by Brian Jensen at the latest Marlins game enters her prison and manages to turn her world completely upside down.
Temptation comes in the form of pity at first, and then perhaps something more. Does she dare to believe the things she's told, that this is not the life she was meant to live? That being a monster is not her forever-fate? And will she be willing to risk everything, to reach out and accept the helping hands around her and share her deepest, darkest secrets? She knows only too well that hands can hurt. Finding out whether they can also heal is a risky proposition, especially when the beast is still out there. Looking for her.
**This story was inspired by true events. If you liked the movie "Sleeping With the Enemy", then you might like this story too. CONTENT WARNING: Violence, foul language, and adult situations. Not meant for younger readers.*
MY REVIEW: By Kat Fenton
A MONSTER LIVING IN THE DARK
At the age of twenty two Nicole doesn’t even look human anymore..A monster, consigned to a life of fear and solitude..This story was inspired by true events
And that’s when it became real for me..Gut wrenching, heart breaking raw story of domestic violence, times I had to stop reading and read something light because it just broke my heart..Imagine the solitude, day in day out, not going outside because of the way you looked..Thinking you deserved this life dished out to you because you fell in love with the wrong man..
This book opened up my heart and ripped it to shreds, made me think what would I do if I was in that same situation, with no one to turn to, no family, no money, nothing..
Ice green eyes are the only thing left of Nicole’s beauty, the rest has been taken, beating by beating, week by week, year by year..Who she used to be has been erased, leaving a monster behind..
Her bones have been broken so many times and set in weird shapes, that her nose now is non existent, which makes it hard to breathe, her cheek bones don’t match one another, one of them having been slammed into the coffee table several times a few months back..Her left ear now resembles a small head of caulk-flower, miss-shapen, large, lumpy and permanently swollen..Her lips have been split too many times for her to remember, scarred and swollen, her jaw has been broken three times and is no longer aligned, several of her teeth have gone, the rest will be gone soon too..
This book made me love my partner even more, not once has he ever raised his fist at me, his voice, lost his temper towards me, and for all that I am very lucky..
Elle Casey is a full-time writer of New Adult and Young Adult titles in several genres, including romance, urban fantasy, sci-fi dystopian, and action-adventure. She’s an American girl who’s been living in southern France with her husband and three children since 2010. She loves chatting with her readers, so feel free to drop her a line.