Like the fragments of broken glass or the delicate porcelain vase that falls into millions of pieces that’s how fragile the mind can be when faced with a traumatic brain injury. Olivia was attacked and her memory was impacted as she found herself in a hospital bed devoid of memories that would take therapy, a neurologist and physical therapy, and more to recreate her inner self and more. But finally coming back most of the way and having the support of friends, family, and the detective on her case, Olivia will now face another problem as someone has placed video equipment in a tree outside of her house, two men seem to be responsible and a visit to her ex in prison might have set off a chain of events where he wants to control her actions from inside. Telling her close friends about the visit she senses that one might have something to hide. Callie her closest friend will watch her daughter while she visits her mom and another daughter in Richmond along with Detective Hunter Faraday a possible love interest. But first Callie gives her some harsh realizations to deal with about a close friend and Monty, her ex.
Her mom and daughter are happy she’s there but meeting with Hunter how would she react? Memories are not all vivid and Olivia has a long way to go but finding out who’s stalking her will fill her time even though she hired a private detective realizing that there’s the danger ahead as her daughter Lily is on the phone and the two men are on her property why not call the police? Lily is staying at her friend Callie’s even though she can not stand her but it’s for her safety. Olivia is worried but first, she has to deal with her feelings for Hunter, and then try to sort out why the PI has not been in touch and what is the outcome of the prologue? Where does that altercation fit in as the author allows Olivia and her friends to hear Hannah’s rationale and take on Monty? She’s blindsided. Then the author brings the prologue front and center as Earl M. Sorenson stares at his handset and received a text from Olivia about the job he offered her. But first, he visits his late wife in the cemetery, and Olivia is in his office waiting for him but the unthinkable happens. Added in before Hunter finds a car bomb in his jeep and the police wake her in the middle of the night about checking out her car. How does this link her to Hunter’s issues and the murder? Plus hearing Monty talk to his connection in jail.
Then a startling revelation and Hannah confesses the truth behind her visits to Monty and realizes his purpose. Then giving Olivia his message you can’t tell if she’s still under his control or just giving her a heads up. Plus how did he know about Earl? Added in we meet Wyatt the man who put up the video camera and spotlight who’s a lawyer and offers her a job. Her daughter Lilly is worried about her, her mother meddles and her daughter Serena and her mom are closer than she is.
Events turn in many directions as Wyatt tries to befriend Olivia and teaches her about the video system but there’s something odd and unsettling about him. Plus Monty seems to be king of the prison strutting around like he’s in charge and Olivia is worried about her 2 daughters and their different feelings for him. Then Olivia is hit with a harsh reality when viewing a video and learning something shocking about Lilly. Trust gone, lies told, Monty once again in the equation, and Hunter there was for Earl’s funeral and Olivia starts to spiral downhill as memories flood back. The author reminds us of Olivia’s disabilities and memory loss plus her determination to find answers by herself to areas of concern. But her circle of friends is strong but what does Wyatt have to do with what happens next?
Olivia has developed a sharp personality and refuses at times to see both sides. When Lilly breaks one hard rule the result will distance them but sometimes lessons need to be learned.
Her entire world will shift gears when Wyatt has to let her go handling Earl’s family’s wrongful death suit and Olivia is named along with Monty as defendants. Added in she’s decided to become a PI and with the help of Tom hopes to learn the fundamentals but there’s much more. Hidden truths and lies are about to be revealed and the link to the past and someone she was once close to is linked to another in the present. Was this person nowhere in her town to spy and monitor her actions? Just who is the new guard befriending Monty and what does Hunter tell her to do?
As Hunter tries to figure out where Wyatt fits in we meet a CO in prison and realize his connection to Monty and someone else. Implicating Olivia in Earl’s death and what she learns about Wyatt and his true identity leads to a path of hate, revenge, and murder.
Why did Wyatt need her gone? Who wanted Monty dead? Who killed Earl why and the reasoning behind it? An ending that author Kerry Peresta created to let us know that appearances are deceiving and loyalties can be deadly as Olivia learn many life lessons, faces her fears and the final ending takes her on a new chapter in life. Olivia: have faith in yourself, look up to the sky, and get ready to ride up and feel your whole world Rising.
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