I have always loved Kristen Heitzmann's books. They have certain charm that none others have.
This book is about a young woman named Natalie with a Eidetic Memory and a young man named Trevor with regretful past. Together they draw comfort and peace from each other, and are able to forget the past and the present. But when Trevor starts getting mysterious letters from a mysterious person, his past is suddenly confronting him.
Not wanting to include Natalie in his problems, he tries to keep the letters secret, but to no avail. Natalie becomes targeted, and her "gift" and sculpting seem to now be a curse.
Once you start on this journey with Natalie and Trevor, you won't want it to end.
The only problem I had with this book was that it was in E-Book form. I found it hard to follow when the book wasn't in my hand, but you might not have that problem. If you love action, drama, and romance, you will love this book!
Kristen Hietzmann is a suspense writer of the best kind. Her fast paced novels keep the reader on the edge of their seat from the first page until the last one. I read this one in two days... hardly coming up for food or sleep in the meantime.
This novel comes after Indivisible, and even now, thinking about a novel I read months ago, my adrenaline starts pumping. Since I read the first one first, I can not say if it would have been different if I had not. Although it probably adds depth to the story, I don't think it is necessary to read one before the other. The topics Kristen chooses to write about are not the normal, humdrum everyday life type of topics, and yet they are there.
The main characters, Trevor MacDaniel, and Natalie Reeve are strong people. Trevor is search and rescue and the first page has him fighting a cougar to save a child. But Trevor is vulnerable, and has a hard time when faced with a child's pain. Natalie has a rare mental condition called eidetic memory which causes her to remember more than is good for anyone, and struggles with it and with relationships. I am definitely a pushover for heroes, and since Kristen writes about heroes, she is one of my favorite authors.
The story flows well, though fast, and the only thing I regret is that of turning the last page, reading the last word. She makes you feel as if you can see the scenes happening, and that you are right there. Not for the faint of heart and not an easy feel good cozy read.
Review Summary: I found this a very interesting scenario, a woman with an eidetic memory who uses sculpting as her way to deal with the stress of having people's images imprinted in her mind and a former Olympic skier with a hero complex and a stalker. The action is fast paced and at times intense. There is an air of romance between Trevor and Natalie and a heart break situation when Natalie's nephew is attacked by a mountain lion. The author allows you to get a glimpse of the villain but doesn't completely reveal him until near the end of the story. Well done!
Digging a little deeper: The story line was unique and well thought out. Taking two characters that have been injured in their own unique ways learn how to better understand themselves and each other. The storyline surrounding Natalie's young nephew is heart wrenching at time, but also a story of triumph. There is definitely some serious undercurrents in the relationship between Trevor and his best friend, Whit and Whit's wife, Sara. Even at the end of the book, I didn't quite understand why they were there.
The characters were unique as well. Natalie's eidetic memory made it difficult for her to deal with large groups of people, sculpting allowed her to move the images from her mind to clay and helped her to cope. Trevor was a "live on the edge" type of a guy who wasn't afraid to risk his own life to save another. He also carried tremendous burdens from his childhood and actions he took as a young adult. The antagonist is very dark and the author keeps him well hidden until near the end. There were several supporting characters that added to the story to make it interesting. My favorite was Fleur, the blind painter. I thought she was a delight to get to know and she added some critical pieces to the story.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. In return I am obligated to give only my honest opinion.
When I opened this book, I never expected that it would follow so of the lives of the characters introduced in Indivisible, but it does. New people are introduced and some old favorites are brought back to see what has happened in their lives. Not quite as suspenseful as Indivisible, but this story draws you in and does not resolve until the last page.
Indelible begins with a daring rescue of a small child by a man driven to save those in danger. Trevor MacDaniel is attempting to overcome what he sees as the sins of his past by the good deeds of his present. Natalie Reeve, an amazing sculptor with an astonishing gift that she once considered a disability, tries to understand what she sees in Trevor, what pulls him towards these perilous situations. And, somewhere, someone lives in darkness who feels the need to challenge Trevor's light. The small Colorado town once again deals with danger and uncertainty as its people work together to restore peace.
Kristen Heitzmann is one of my favorite authors, and I am always excited to see a new release from her. Indelible appears to be a companion book to Indivisible, although there is no indication on the book itself or on the description on retailers' websites. However, the characters are the same, and there is enough reference to their past that I found myself wishing I had re-read Indivisible before starting this book. Indelible could likely stand on its own for most readers, but I would recommend reading them together.
For the most part, the characters in the book are well-written and engaging. I did find myself not really caring about the mysterious dark character for most of the book because a) there wasn't enough written about him to give me something to care about, and b) the quotations that began each of his segments appear to be from Paradise Lost, a book I probably should have read at some point, but haven't, thus nullifying the connection of quotes to character.
Overall, I would give Indelible 4 stars. I do hope that there is a third book in what seems to be a series in this town, because many of the characters' side stories were left incomplete. When characters are that well-written, it makes me want to know what happens to them!
I received this e-book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.