Reverse Ripples by M.E. Strautmanis is a remarkable work of fiction, capturing the reader’s imagination through its multi-layered narrative. The novel deftly intertwines romance, intrigue, and introspection, inviting readers to ponder their own morals long after the final page is turned.
The story unfolds primarily through the eyes of Cassiopeia (Pia), who embarks on a post-PhD vacation to the idyllic islands near the Bermuda Triangle. As Pia’s journey unfolds, a parallel tale emerges— that of her parent’s love story, which took place decades earlier in the same location. Upon her return to New York, Pia discovers a newfound ability to experience extraordinary visions that enable her to time travel and alter reality. Haunted by dreams and visions of death, drugs, and suicide, Pia grapples with her newfound power and contemplates her larger purpose. One thing becomes clear: there is an undeniable magic in the bay water.
The skillful use of analepsis showcases the enchanting world of Pia’s mother and the romanticized life many readers yearn for. Strautmanis masterfully contrasts the two characters, providing an intimate exploration of their core selves. This allows readers to understand, empathize, relate, and connect with the characters. The unhurried and warm narrative paves the way for the extraordinary, otherworldly events to unfold in a logical manner.
Reverse Ripples by M.E. Strautmanis is a genre-defying novel that appeals to a wide audience, skillfully blending romance, magic, and mystery. It delves into the intricacies of family, the bonds of friendship, and the hope found in even the darkest moments. If you are a reader who enjoys a diverse array of themes, this captivating tale is a must-read.
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