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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite
Nightmare in Vegas by Aabra is a suspense thriller where the reader knows what has happened and how it happened but is kept involved to see how it is all going to end. As a young child growing up in the Amish community, Joanna Yoder wanted more than her 9 years of schooling...she wanted to graduate and then go to college. Since this was against their religion, Joanna had two choices: give up schooling or give up her family. She chose the latter, and that is when her life does a complete turn around. Meeting another Amish girl at college, they become the best of friends and running mates on the cross country running team. Joanna flourishes to the point of winning most of the meets and ends with a magnificent job dealing in sportswear...a good looking guy by her side, a plush apartment and money. Being sent to Vegas to promote the Goddess line, she has her very life taken from her; her "Nightmare in Vegas" was just beginning. Drugged, raped and a kidney stolen from her body, she is now in the survival mode. Will she ever run again? Will the fear of men always be with her? Can she learn to cope with the mutilation and the rape, and can a new friend help her?
This was a book that was hard to put down, and I had it finished in a couple of hours. As I read the book, the different characters appealed to me in different ways. Joanna‘s character was so easy to feel connected to, but I felt in the beginning she actually set herself up by putting trust into men she didn’t really know. As for the other characters, Chance, her boyfriend, and Trevor, her boss, both needed a good knock upside the head to straighten them out, and Kahti and Brandi could not have been more supportive of Joanna. Although indicated, there are no actual sexual scenes in the book and no coarse language. I found the book dealing more with her life before and after her attack in Vegas, but that set the plot for the rest of the story. Anyone who has gone through such turmoil as Joanna did will feel as she did. It's actually a short story but has a powerful message in it. Some will like it, some will not because of the nature of dealing with rape.