Overview - In Calia Read's electrifying and steamy novel of psychological suspense, a handsome stranger shatters a beautiful young woman's picture-perfect vision of her past. Hold your breath and count to ten. Soon it will be over before it ever began. Read more...
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In Calia Read's electrifying and steamy novel of psychological suspense, a handsome stranger shatters a beautiful young woman's picture-perfect vision of her past. Hold your breath and count to ten. Soon it will be over before it ever began.
No matter how many times Victoria Donovan repeats that phrase to herself, she's still trapped behind the walls of a mental institution. Once upon a time, her life was like a fantasy: Wes, the handsome fiance, followed by a storybook wedding and a white picket fence. But then a picture-perfect marriage twisted into something sinister. And as Victoria's world warped from dream to nightmare, her husband's obsessions pushed her beyond the breaking point.
At first Fairfax Mental Health Institute seems like a safe place for Victoria to heal with her baby, Evelyn, and to hide from Wes, presumed dead by everyone except Victoria. Her husband is still alive, she has no doubt: He slips into her room at night to torment and tempt her. One smoldering kiss and she's powerless. Of course, no one believes her about these visits. When she meets a sexy, mysterious stranger intent on helping her recall her past, Victoria isn't sure she can trust him. But deep in her heart, she also knows that the only way out of Fairfax is to remember the way she came in. Unhinge is intended for mature audiences. Advance praise for Unhinge
"Unpredictable, unputdownable, and simply epic."--New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans
"Calia Read has a way of making me feel as if I'm living inside her books. Unhinge
is a haunting story that gripped me instantly and left me immersed in the world of Fairfax. I love it when books make such a lasting impression."--Willow Aster, USA Today bestselling author of True Love Story
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Victoria, a patient at a mental hospital in present-day Falls Church, Va., is convinced that recovering her lost memories from the last few years will allow her to leave the institution she has grown to hate. Her therapist shows her pictures from the missing years, and as Victorias memories reawaken, she begins to remember the way her marriage turned into an abusive nightmare and how it led her to the hospital. The situations described are traumatic ones, but Read (Unravel) creates characters so lacking in dimension that it is difficult to feel anything for them or to believe the highly improbable story that begins to unfold. This tendency toward caricature is particularly harmful when it comes to Victorias fellow patients, whose behaviors are stereotypical when the characters are not otherwise invisible or used as a backdrop to bland Victorias dramas. This clichéd and tedious novel does not deliver as either a romance or a thriller. Agent: Amy Tannenbaum, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Jan.)