The Celine Bower Story by Carly Brown is the gripping story of a young woman who decides to take revenge into her own hands and punish men who rape women. This crime thriller begins with Celine tracking down her target and seducing him in a bar. Her plan includes drugging him and then punishing him for his actions. Following this event, readers are then shown the series of events that lead to the initial assault on her.
There are some extremely sensitive topics faced throughout this fantasy novel, particularly those of rape, which I feel are handled well and approached in a sensitive way. Brown hooks readers into her storyline from the beginning with thrilling action. She then takes readers back in time to show how the characters end up in that situation they are in. Learning how Celine comes to have supernatural abilities that take her character to new heights is exciting, as well as watching her hone her new skills. With robust and engaging dialogue, readers are fully immersed in the story and quickly become invested in the characters’ future.
Readers get to know the characters through how the author describes their actions; for example, “John glared around at the other guys in the place as if to dare them to try and interfere.” The reader can tell this character is protective of what’s his, wants to show off to others, and is up for a fight with anyone. The reader can imagine the characters and their behavior through Brown’s descriptive talents, allowing them to feel like part of this fascinating story.
The Celine Bower Story is a riveting crime thriller with a strong woman protagonist. Bringing in an element of dark fantasy with supernatural components gives this novel a unique feel and will appeal to readers of many different genres. If you are looking for a story where the bad guys get what is coming to them, this is the thriller for you. I hope readers will see more of Celine Bower in the future.
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