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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite
Aloe Malone is in paradise. A winning lottery ticket is her key out of a depressing, humdrum life and into the abundance that she always dreamed of during her difficult life. Everything in Blue Haven is perfect, from the tropical location to the lavish condominium, to her personal assistant, to her four friends who are the only inhabitants on this Heaven on Earth. Days filled with easy fun in the sun, and nights with dinners provided by world-renowned chefs with her perfect neighbors make it well worth the millions she paid to escape her difficult life. Then a maid discovers a journal from a previous inhabitant - who should not exist - and the journal unravels this perfect world. Clearly, this paradise isn't all it seems, and suddenly Aloe doubts everything. When the hallucinations start, then the perfect world frays to expose the ragged edges of her own mind. Is this real? What can she believe? Blue Haven, by Lisa King, is a thrilling adventure that will take you on turns you'll never see coming in an adventure that's literally "out of this world."
I'd give this book ten stars if I could. Lisa King has written an outstanding sci-fi mystery that lovers of both genres won't be able to put down. In fact, the only reason it took me almost a week to read it was time constraints because I could have easily binged this book in a day or two. You can literally feel the suspense as Aloe unravels from reading Eloise's journal, and the intrigue of this "perfect" place is undeniable. I believe readers will relate well to Aloe as she struggles to put her difficulties behind her and adapt to this world, only to find out that her escape is hardly a relief from the problems in her own mind. Blue Haven touches on important themes that will resonate with readers and leave them pondering not only this story, but their own lives as well. A masterful work that I can't recommend highly enough!