Title: Never Nerida
Author: Shane Drummy
Narrator: Rachel Fulginiti
Love shared is love divided.
When expectant mother Livia Karras spontaneously falls victim to aquagenic urticaria – an allergy where a single drop of water against her skin could be fatal – doctors determine her condition to be purely psychosomatic.
Psychologist Elliot Chiles is assigned to her case. He suspects she is subconsciously sabotaging her own pregnancy due to unresolved guilt over a traumatic childhood accident, but Livia believes she knows the real cause – she’s being preyed upon by a malevolent supernatural entity out for revenge.
With time running out and severe dehydration setting in, Livia must confront long-cherished delusions and reconcile with a past mistake – or risk losing her life and that of her unborn child.
Will Livia succumb or prevail? Find out in Never Nerida.
Livia’s life has been far from average ever since the accident that took away her parents when she was a kid. The only constant has been her goldfish, a series of J Alfreds up to her recent succession, the 13th. As a kid, she vowed to care for her goldfish, and after her parents’ accident, she’s been given something larger to take care of. Something with evil intentions.
So many twists and turns in this psychological horror. There were a lot of elements to this plot from ancient evil to toxic water and an ancient city. I loved the gradual way that the author explained the horror, ramping up from the life of a seemingly crazy woman to a very real and prominent threat.
I had mixed feelings about the MC. Her thoughts and interactions with others were entertaining, but her flip flop of not knowing if she wanted to live or die was sort of frustrating. I sympathized with her throughout though, and I was pleased with the way the story ended. It was fitting.
Narration was perfect.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.