Author- Nykki Mills
Genre- Paranormal NA
Purchase link- Amazon KU
The line between sanity and sobriety can quickly fade when you can talk to the dead…
Gina Flinn is no stranger to the dark side. She’s been walking the tightrope with death for years. Plagued with abnormal abilities ranging from picking up old memories to reading auras, Gina found herself in a downward spiral into drugs and alcohol.
She’s been clean and sober for a year now, but when she starts seeing the pesky ghost of the old lady down the street, things start to unravel. It’s a minor annoyance until a ghost of a woman in red shows up and starts tormenting Gina with visions of a violent past
Seeing a side of death that no one should leads Gina straight into Ben Peterson’s path…
In an attempt reunite the old lady with her beloved cat, Gina runs into Ben, who is eager to help her. But no one can help her—the woman in red is relentless, which forces Gina to turn back to the comfort of intoxication. She blacks out and wakes up in bed with Ben, only to find herself on the wrong side of the law.
Gina got into a fight with one of her classmates during her blackout, and now the girl is missing…
Gina is the number one suspect, and with her history of substance abuse and erratic behavior, everyone is sure she’s guilty. She knows she’s innocent and it all leads back to the woman in red.
But with the police breathing down her neck, and Ben the only person willing to believe her story, Gina must find a way to prove her innocence or finally accept that maybe she really is…
I watched them until they disappeared into thin air. That cat must have been the only thing she truly loved in this world. For once in my life, I helped someone. The weightless feeling was fleeting and foreign, but good. A small sense of relief settled across me only seconds before a cold breeze washed over me. The hair on the back of my neck stood at attention, and I knew I wasn’t alone anymore.
“Help me.” The soft plea came from behind me. Something felt off. Unease slivered up my spine and sent a shiver through my entire body. I spun around. A woman was standing so close, we were almost nose to nose. My hand instinctively shot up to my mouth, and I stumbled back. She was very, very dead. Her face was a mangled, bloody mess, and the tattered long red dress she wore placed her somewhere in the 1800s. She opened her mouth, revealing jagged and broken teeth.
“Help me,” she moaned, cocking her head to the side as she reached out. I stumbled back further. Something was wrong, very wrong, with this woman. I’d only been seeing dead things for a day, but this couldn’t be right. My heart slammed against my chest so hard it actually ached. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her, and my feet seemed to weigh a ton.
“I can’t,” I whispered. I backed up, sliding my feet against the gravel, until I was leaning against the trailer, trying to fill my lungs with air. This was wrong—different than Mrs. Peterson.
She stepped forward, and the distinct sound of bones snapping pushed me over the edge. My throat constricted, and I bolted toward the porch. All I could hear was the sound of my heart pounding. I reached the door and flung it open as something slammed into my back. Mind-blowing pain radiated down the side of my face, causing my ears to ring. I collapsed to my knees and clutched my head, screaming. Another wave of pain hit me and shot down my spine. The world faded around me.
Darkness surrounded me. Something hard slammed into me over and over. I tried to open my eyes. A black shadow stood over me. I gasped and tried to get a better look, but the blood stung too much. I did my best to shield myself from the painful blows. My arm snapped, making an awful sound. I tried to scream but instead choked on more blood.
“Gina!” A hard slap brought me back. Kass kneeled over me with wide eyes. She leaned back and covered her mouth. Clearly she was more shocked by the slap than me. “I’m so sorry.”
Reviewed by Crystal H.
Gina Flinn isn’t known as a pillar of society. Her past includes drug use, arrest and time in a psych ward. However Gina has put that all in the past and is trying to stay clean as a promise to her cousin and stay far away the darkness of her past. But sometimes the past and the monsters in it refuse to stay quite.
Ben Peterson is trying to get his late aunt’s affairs in order and ready to get everything done and over with so he can get back to his life far away from the town that harbors secrets of his past and mistakes he rather forget all about. That is until he finds a beautiful dark haired girl ith a chip on her shoulder in his aunt’s house looking for her dead cat…
Nykki Mills does it again! I am a HUGE fan of this authors writing and she has hit out of the park again. I made the mistake of reading this terrifyingly realistic book while watching Ghost Adventures in a dark empty apartment… That led to a pretty late night of me sitting in bed wide awake scared out of my mind but dying to finish the book!
I first fell in love with Gina in Sacrificed which is Nykki’s first book and where we all get to meet Gina. Gina is tough as nails and she has to be.Gina is a survivor of a brutal crime that no one believes happens and on top of dealing with the weight of that she also see’s dead people and they can sometimes take over her body. In this story we get to know Gina’s soft side and see why she is so damaged. My heart hurt for her so much I wanted to reach in and hug her till she punched me lol.
She meet’s Ben, who refuses to let her face her demons and the ghost that is basically stalking her alone. He won’t be chased away from her tough exterior and with that Ben stole the spot of my new favorite book boyfriend!
I highly recommend picking both Sacrificed and Cursed up for a weekend full of sleeping with the lights on!
I am giving this book 5 out of 5 cupcake (6 if I could!)
Nykki lives in Montana with her husband and three kids–who may or may not be the boss of her. She is obsessed with ghost stories and virtually anything paranormal. Add in her obsession with YA fiction and this book was born. Sacrificed is the third book she’s written, but the first she’s published. She also has a huge appreciation of humor, and sarcasm is her second language.
She will be releasing her Cursed series in the coming months. The sequel to Sacrificed can be expected next summer. Nykki regularly updates release dates on her blog and author Facebook page!
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