Title: Chroma Hearts
Author: Mayumi Cruz
Genre: New Adult, Psychological Thriller, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Can love triumph over all—even catatonic depression? Can love defeat everything—even a diabolical evil?
A new bride suffering from catatonia. A determined husband trying to break through the black pit in which her brain escaped to. And a ruthless abomination who will stop at nothing to tear them apart.
Melvin and Erica are childhood sweethearts. Theirs is a love nurtured through the years. Everything is perfect. They are on the road to their happily ever after. Until their love is put to a series of tests: trials of fire.
Erica is brutally assaulted, left for dead but miraculously survives. Undeterred, they go through with their wedding. But an unwanted outcome and an unexpected memory of the assault push Erica to the edge. Her mind switches off. She becomes catatonic.
Armed with only his unwavering love for her, Melvin strives to unlock her mind and bring her back to him.
But what if the key to her brain opens up a Pandora’s box, unraveling a hideous truth about the crime which they mistakenly thought was solved? Will they be able to accept it—or survive it?
Chroma Hearts is an intensely emotional psychological thriller about a love that destroys and a love that heals.
I enjoy watching crime shows but I haven’t really read a lot of books from the mystery/suspense/thriller genre.
This book is a fast-paced, psychological romantic thriller. The first chapter alone will already give you a glimpse of how the story will go. An unresolved crime, with the suspect still on the loose.
Lots of heavy themes were discussed in this book including abuse (physical and emotional), cheating, obsession and mental illness. I read this in just one sitting as things got intense pretty quickly. I got really curious and needed to know who the real suspect was. Aside from that, I also loved the 2 MCs in this book (Erica and Melvin). They’re both full of emotions, all brought by that one life-changing incident. Even though the story was heavy emotionally, I loved how the author balanced it by showing the unconditional love that Melvin has for his wife, Erica. It showed that true love really conquers all.
Prepare yourself as this book is a heartbreaking, heart-pounding and unputdownable read. Thanks to the author for providing me an e-arc of this in exchange for an honest review.
“Heart, can’t you see I’m just sparing you of pain? You’re not strong enough for this.”
“Be careful what you wish for. Reality is painful. You are fragile.”
“Life has been harsh to us, in ways we never expected, much more, desired. But it has also been kind in the past. And maybe that was what this tragedy wanted to teach us: to cherish every second, every minute, every hour, every day of our precious yet mundane lives, and to give thanks for every small yet meaningful detail that makes our days worth living.”
Soundtrack: Safe In My Hands by Eli Lieb
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About the Author:
Mayumi Cruz is an indie author of fusion fiction, writing stories that cross genre lines. Some of her writings have appeared in Philippines Graphic, Lit Up Medium, and AdHoc Fiction. Her short story, Black Love, won in Bookbed’s Fictory Contest in 2017. She has self-published seven books, as well as co-authored three anthologies. She lives in the Philippines with her husband and three sons.