Besieged by memories of a brutal abduction, Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar bedroom, within a luxurious mansion. Her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met, Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting. More than a psychological thriller, Consequences is a vivid story of one woman’s struggle to survive incomprehensible circumstances. Every aspect of her being suddenly depends upon the tall, wealthy, dark haired, dark eyed businessman. Anthony Rawlings is known to the world as prosperous, benevolent, and kind. Claire quickly learns that he can also be a menacing controlling captor. With few options but concession, Claire attempts to earn her freedom, while enduring a hellish existence that truly appears perfect. Persevering tests and trials, she struggles to retain her pure Midwest values and beliefs. Encouraged by memories of a loving upbringing, she gains strength in the simplest of joys: solitude in nature and good in the face of evil. His goal in sight, Anthony’s calculated agenda encounters an unforeseen detour. He becomes captivated by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination. The interaction of these two compelling characters instigates strong emotions: fear, anger, love, and lust. Claire and Anthony’s tumultuous journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion.
I am not a writer so my words cannot do justice to this book. This was a completely shocking and engaging read. Ms. Romig certainly has a creative mind and the story will surprise even most jaded reader. Her richly-drawn characters will draw you in and take your breath away. Consequences is a true roller coaster of a read that will keep you up all night reading. I think I was one of the few readers who actually loved Tony. Tony and Claire and the rest of the characters will haunt you long after you have finished
I don’t want to give any spoilers away but suffice it to say there is a fantastic and clever cliffhanger. Amazing debut by Aleatha Romig. And yes, I joined the Goodreads Support Group after finishing this book. Seriously, read this book. You will not be disappointed. One of my top 10 for 2012.