Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Cleaning by Brandi Salazar

Title:  Spring Cleaning
Author:  Brandi Salazar
Published:  August 2012 (first published July 9th 2012)
Page Count:  258
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes, relationships can be deadly.

Terri thought she was marrying a strong, loving man, only to find that beneath that handsome face lies something cold, brutal, and dangerous. After years of abuse, Randy takes things a little too far, and Terri finally summons the courage to take matters into her own hands and make her escape. But freedom comes at a price.

Forging a new life, Terri tries to forget her past, but she can't help looking over her shoulder at every turn. When prison bars can no longer hold Randy, and her past comes knocking, Terri finds that the strength to trust again may be her only salvation.

My Review:

As an author, Salazar is very diverse. She writes about a variety of different topics and approaches a variety of touchy subjects, bringing them to light and giving a venue for discussion. She also makes each and every one of her works a phenomenal work of art. They are uniquely captivating tales that bring forward some issues in mainstream society that most individuals don’t like to talk about. Spring Cleaning is definitely one of those stories.

I couldn’t put this book down. I was captivated from the get-go. Not only was this story suspenseful, but it was also very heartfelt. It is not only the subject matter that carries this story forward. It is also the amazing storytelling skills possessed by the author. She weaves everything together so seamlessly that you are walking through the world with the characters rather than simply reading about them. She also plays with the imagery of darkness and light throughout different scenes, adding moments of happiness and fear or sadness without having to state it outright.

Salazar also nailed character development on the head with this story. We learn about the characters as they learn about one another. Being only acquaintances at the beginning of the novel, there is a great deal that they must learn about each other as their relationship grows. As they make discoveries, so does the reader. She also gives enough development to her supporting cast to make them seem real. This development also depends on how large a role the character plays in the story, allowing each and every one to have their moment in the spotlight.

I also appreciate the fact that this relationship between the main characters doesn’t seem rushed. Although the relationship does grow in leaps and bounds, as do many new relationships, they don’t go from strangers to married in 2 days. They become a couple by spending quality time together. The storyline also doesn’t depend on this relationship. It is integral to the story, but if the main characters had never gotten together the main storyline would still have been there and very strong.

As a whole, this was a phenomenal story that leaves very little to be desired. It draws you in and makes you think while providing you with the ride of a lifetime.

Buy your copy online here today!

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