Enigma (Enigma #1) by Nephy Hart 5*
BLURB:Troubled residents come and go at the Care House where River Caulfield is a caregiver, working towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a nurse. When Silver arrives, a patient found on a roadside near death after suffering terrible abuse, River finds his previous personal detachment is compromised. Seeking to help the mysterious and enigmatic young man locked inside his own mind and memories, River finds his professionalism slipping as Silver begins to open up and live again.
But as their relationship begins to blossom, the roots of Silver's past abuse and the abuser who forced him into such a mental state sends forth new shoots of darkness enveloping them in dangers threatening not only Silver's sanity, but their very lives. With River's devotion and help, will Silver finally be able to break away from his past? The answer lies in the words of a priest, a painting and a long walk through a churchyard harbouring the secrets of the enigma that is Silver.
My Review: Last Thursday I took part in a book blast for Nephys Hart. I decided that I really ought to read the book I was helping to promote even though it wasn't like my normal reads. So I did and boy did this book really make my emotions roil. It had sad bits and grippingly interesting bits and sometimes both together. The story is in first person with everything being seen through River's eyes but somehow you also get a goodly amount of insight into Silver. WARNING SMALL SPOILER FOLLOWS: If you want to read about the aftermath of white slavery and what it takes to care for the victims then you need to read this book. It does not sensationalize, nor does it trivialize the subject, instead it deals with it in a compassionate and informative way that grips the reader until the last page. Oh and just to 'ice the cake' it has a lovely romance threaded throughout. Personally I can't wait to read more about these extraordinary characters and how they cope with life.
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