Opaque Melodies by Natalie Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
Absolutely Crazy and I loved It!
I have said it before and I will say it again, I just love books about crazies! Crazy people, especially the men are so fun and mysterious to read about. You just never know what is going on with them. This one here is a huge mystery because it is really hard to figure out exactly what is going on. All I know is that I can’t wait for the next book to get some of the answers.
The book begins with Catalina Haven, a girl that lives alone and is a self-described hermit. She had a best friend named Chloe who has seen her at her worst and she also has her mother who calls and texts her several times a day, needing to have control. She has mental health issues that sound a lot like Manic Depressive Disorder.
“My mind had two variations. Some days it burned bright and I was a ball of positivity. Other days the light was completely extinguished, leaving me with nothing but a heavy darkness and thoughts better left unspoken if I didn’t want to wind up in a strait jacket.”
Catalina gets a call from Alaric Schuyler in California. He is her sister’s husband, whom she has never met because her sister and her were estranged. Alaric called to let her know her sister had died a week ago and he wants to fly her out to go through her sisters belongings. While she doesn’t want to go, she feels guilty for not being there for her sister when she was ill, her mother also talks her into going because Alaric is now single and he is rich (which is all her mother cares about).
Catalina meets Alaric when she arrives and finds it a bit odd that he doesn’t seem to feel anything more about his wife’s demise than she does. Though she hardly knew her sister and he supposedly was married to her. Apparently they didn’t share a bedroom, so something was up with the marriage. Catalina takes a few days to start getting through some of the belongings and meanwhile the attraction between her and Alaric is heating up.
This is when odd things begin to happen in the story. Alaric is a master manipulator and he seems to love madness, he thinks there is beauty in madness which is why he is so attracted to Catalina. There are so many mysteries surrounding this guy. He is a surgeon and his family owns a chain of private clinics and what goes on at those clinics seems rather nefarious, but not as much as what Alaric might be doing in his basement that is locked and has a fingerprint scanner to open.
I can’t wait to find out more in the next book. Like what they do at that clinic, what is Alaric doing in his basement, what does he want with Catalina, is he dangerous? What exactly happened to her sister? What about Catalina’s mother and father, something is going on there and Alaric is involved.
Note: I do not label real people with mental illness as crazy, I am doing that because these people do crazy things. but I don’t want to get into a debate about what is politically correct. Just know I am (hopefully) only this insensitive to fictional people.