Just when Janie thought she had all she ever dreamt, the powers that be would suddenly change her course; throwing Janie head long into a world of uncertainty and casting a puzzling shadow on all this life she’d grown to love. Janie would soon discover nothing in her world was what it appeared. Leaving her confused, broken, and determined to find the answers in a new but familiar realm filled with secrets and deception.
Memories and turbulence lead Janie on her quest to discover the truth concerning herself, her past, the Petrilo crime family, and her brother’s murder. Is Rico's unfinished business in Cherokee to finish the hit the Petrilos put on her? Is Malachi willing to take a bullet for his new love; or will he walk away from the danger and free himself of the drama Janie has brought to his once peaceful life? Love and deceit will lead them all to the truth.
Shattered Visions Haunted Memories is the third book of the Valentine/Petrilo series. Book one is Looking Through Blind Eyes; book two is Reflection of Secrets.
When Janie emerged from the bedroom after her shower, Rico was standing in the living room next to a bookcase looking through a photo album. When he spotted her he slammed the book shut and placed it back on the shelf. His stomach churned inside of the sickening feelings of her being with another man. Rico searched her innocent face for a brief moment.
"Janie, how long you and this Malachi been married?"
"About a year why?"
"A year!" Rico laughed with relief and at the audacity of this man. He was relieved to know this was all a lie and that she hadn't gotten married in the pass few months she'd been here. However, this so called husband of hers was lying to a helpless and defenseless person. The way Rico seen it, Malachi was taking advantage of her situation and memory loss to use for his own sick and twisted wants and needs.
"Why is that funny?" Janie frowned, taking a seat on the couch while he continued to stand looking about the house.
"Tell me you're not that naïve. Tell me you're not completely blind to the load of bullshit I see being handed here." Rico was going to tell her everything; this was it, he couldn't wait any longer.
"What are you talking about? What bullshit?"
"Look around you… where are you in this house?"
"What?" Janie didn't understand his question. "I'm right here." She laughed, throwing her arms in the air as if to get his attention to her location.
"No, Janie!" Rico took a seat next to her and softened his voice. "I mean where are you? There’s no pictures of you, no favorite knic knacs, where's your marriage license? Where's the wedding pictures?" Janie shifted in her seat for she had no answers for him. These were some of the same questions that plagued her as well.
By Dan Curnutt
I waited with anticipation for the final book in the three book series by Reyna Hawk. I wanted to know how life was going to end up for Janie. I wanted to know if she and Malachi would find true happiness. I wanted to know if her memory would come back completely. I wanted to know that the last part of book two was only a dream and not reality and that she would wake up and things would be great.
Well, I got a lot more than I bargained for. Reyna Hawk certainly knows how to surprise her readers and how to change up scenario’s throughout her stories. I found myself not wanting to put the book down because I wanted to know what the next twist to the story was going to be. I found myself getting more anxious and the book was coming closer to an end. I found myself nervous that I wasn’t going to like how things turned out. I found myself conflicted about how things were going.
So, was I happy with what happens? Not exactly. I had to write to Reyna and have a dialogue with her about how the story developed and where it went. I was concerned about one part of the story that was so different from the first two books. Janie’s vocabulary was not what I expected after books one and two. At one point in the book another character says to her, “When did you develop such a potty mouth.” I found myself agreeing. I didn’t like it, but I wondered why it had been developed.
Reyna helped me to understand. So, I will give you a hint so that as you read the book you will understand. Janie is confused, frightened, frustrated and conflicted about who she really loves and why. As such she is lashing out because of all that has happened to her. She is trying to make sense of everything. With that explanation things came more into focus for me. So, I hope with that explanation they will come more into focus for you.
I loved the way Reyna brings real life to bear on the characters in her book. She brings real emotion. She brings real character flaws and she brings real character fear and frustration. She portrays how each of us has a fantasy life where people are perfect, or at least we make them what we want to make them. But then reality sets in and we see them for who they really are. They are not necessarily as perfect as we thought, but maybe they are! People will surprise you in how they act in real life. Sometimes what they do is more perfect than we think.
So, as you read ask yourself this, how would I respond if I were in Janie’s shoes? How would I respond if people around me were lying to me? How would I respond if I were frightened for my life? How would I respond if everything was going to hell in a hand basket. Then you might just understand Janie a bit more.
I guarantee you that you won’t put this book down until you get to the end. But if you haven’t read the first two in the series you really need to read them first or you will be totally lost in this book.