Rye Nova

Between Wrong and Right

Fiction - Intrigue
247 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right by K.M. Greffe, Rye Nova has been suffering from night terrors since childhood and the disturbing images that come to him are more than just nightmares; they are horrific premonitions. Working as a private investigator for a company that is not wholly legal, Rye battles to forget the constant visions; after all, he has no power to change the outcome. But as he enters a diner in Nevada one morning, this is about to change. When he meets waitress Tess, he is given the opportunity to save her life. Rye convinces Tess that she and her son must leave with him immediately if they are to survive. As they embark on their road trip to safety, Rye discovers that Tess may be hiding something from him. As he begins to regret his decisions to rescue her, Tess makes a shocking confession about her past and who may be trying to kill her.

The dark and intriguing plot draws you in immediately. I loved Rye as a character; on the exterior, he was a fearless man who had learned to fend for himself since childhood but this was hiding such a fragile, fractured soul. The main aspect of Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right that struck me was the absolute enviable talent K.M. Greffe has to bring realism to both the plot and his characters using minute but powerful details. For example, the tattoos on Rye's arms that displayed images of his night terrors. The backstory of each main character was superb and explained so much about the behavior and mindset of the characters. I also loved the development of the relationships as the story progressed, especially between Rye and the amazing Mama Reece, his surrogate mother. Mama Reece had to be my favorite character; she oozed warmth, empathy, and kindness. I also believe she was the glue that held Rye together. There were incredible twists and turns throughout, which I did not foresee, especially the reason Tess's life was in danger. I thoroughly enjoyed the emotional and exciting rollercoaster of the storyline. The ending was another incredible twist; it was so poignant and powerful.

Tiffany Ferrell

Rye Nova is a private detective who hunts people who don’t want to be found. In Las Vegas, his bounty hunter-like job is lucrative but more than that it keeps him busy and awake. Having the ability to predict world tragedies before they even happen is something Rye has been living with for as long as he can remember. Major horrific events are dreamed about before they even happen. Each time one of them comes true, he gets a tattoo to get them out of his thoughts. Aside from his dreams, touch also can trigger a premonition so he wears gloves to avoid touching people. One night at the diner she works at, Tess, the waitress, accidentally touches a stranger's hand. The next thing the young woman knows, she and her small son are taken by this strange guy and told that if she didn’t come along, she’d be dead by tomorrow. Knowing that there was still someone out to get her, Tess took her son and went along with the man.

I thought Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right by K.M. Greffe was a very creative and intriguing story. The plot was unlike anything I have read before. It’s always nice to find a book that takes an approach and storyline that you haven’t read before. I really liked Rye’s ability and how it affected him realistically. The main character was portrayed as a distant person, but at the same time, you can relate to him. You could also relate to Tess and the struggle she had been through, and what landed her in Las Vegas with a small son. I really love the dynamics between Tess and Rye. It’s very intriguing, which keeps the reader interested. Overall, I found Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right a very satisfying read and it’s definitely a book I would recommend to friends.

Jon Michael Miller

In Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right, K.M. Greffe develops three powerfully engaging characters. Rye Nova, the protagonist, is plagued with premonitions of imminent disasters involving many deaths, disasters that are historically accurate but which he can do nothing to prevent. The novel opens with him working in Las Vegas as a bounty hunter. After his premonitions come true, he has the details tattooed onto his arms. One day, however, he has forewarning of a tragedy he might actually prevent when his hand accidentally touches the hand of a diner waitress named Tess. The story takes off with twists and turns as he tries to prevent her murder. Tess has an equally gripping personal past and places her own and her four-year-old son’s security in Rye’s determined hands. Rye takes Tess and Beau for temporary refuge in Baton Rouge with Mama Reese, his surrogate mom and expert southern cook, who has always provided him with enduring love and solace.

Due to Greffe’s tight, gritty—but empathetic—writing, I sped through this book, captured by the intense plight of these three main characters, wanting eventually to discover if or how they survive their predicaments. I was entranced by the characters, the action, and the excellent descriptions. Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right is plot-driven with lots of suspense. Will Rye jump off the Mississippi bridge or not? Will he be able to ward off Tess’s envisioned murder? Will Rye and Tess become a couple? Will Rye somehow rid himself of his predictive visions and nightmares? There are touching scenes: Tess’s son Beau playing with Mama’s cat Alonzo; the backyard vista of the Big Muddy; Mama teaching Beau to make gumbo and her extraordinary sympathy sessions with Rye. Not to mention loads of action—all of which keep those crisply written pages turning with quite a few surprises along the way.

Susan Sewell

A man with an extraordinary talent to see the future travels with a woman and her son cross country to avoid an assassination attempt in the suspenseful mystery novel Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right by K. M. Greffe. Similar to a bounty hunter, Rye Nova finds people who are evading their debts incurred in a Las Vegas casino. Enduring nightmares that materialize into reality, Rye sleeps as little as possible. Unable to do anything about the outcome of his foreknowledge, he can only wait for them to happen. Triggered by human touch, Rye wears gloves to avoid the possibility of unleashing another horror-filled dream. When stopping for a bite to eat at a diner, Tess, his waitress, inadvertently triggers an image of her murder. Believing that he can finally make a difference, Rye grabs her and her son and takes them away. Tess explains that her husband's killer is probably the one wanting her dead. However, Rye can find no traces of Tess or her husband online. Is she an innocent victim? Or is Tess lying?

Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right by K. M. Greffe is a sensational suspense novel with fascinating characters, a complex plot, and a captivating storyline. As the drama unfolds, the plot builds to an exciting climax, culminating in a dramatic and unexpected conclusion. With suspense, intrigue, and elements of the paranormal weaving throughout the storyline, it is impossible to put the book down. Rye's antisocial and irritable attitude makes him an incongruous protagonist. Even though his persona is formidable, I found his character intriguing and am looking forward to his future adventures. Seasoned with a pinch of the paranormal, it is an extraordinary suspense story that will entertain everyone who enjoys crime stories infused with the elements of risk and danger and a sense of mystery.

Vincent Dublado

K.M. Greffe’s Between Series kicks off with a unique sleuth at the helm in Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right. You begin to follow the life of Rye Nova, a private detective with a penchant for tracking down fugitives. What makes him different is his ability to foretell tragedies through night-terrors as well as generate premonitions by touch. He tries to live a normal life. He has been struggling with his night and tactile visions and avoids using his supernatural gift as much as possible. Having no control over what he sees or when he sees it, he prefers to track fugitives the old-fashioned way, operating on the simple philosophy that everyone leaves a trail, so anyone can be found. When he makes a stop at a diner in Nevada, he will get into a case involving a waitress and her young son, and he will try as best as he can to change the outcome of his manifested vision.

Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right creates suspense made even more gripping with the supernatural element thrown into it. K.M. Greffe has created a new breed of detective that is not only flawed but defiant in wielding a gift that is more of a burden than an advantage. Nova is not perfect, but he is a sympathetic character that you will not hesitate to run to when you are in trouble. Greffe has plotted an intense supernatural crime story that inevitably results in a satisfying resolution. Of course, life moves on and Nova will continue to battle his visions through self-imposed insomnia. And this is what makes reading it a delight—to see how much this flawed hero can stand in his next case.

Pikasho Deka

Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right is the first book of the Rye Nova series by author K. M. Greffe. Rye Nova is a deeply traumatized man who is plagued by visions of catastrophes before they happen and unable to feel the touch of another human being without triggering them. At a diner outside of Hawthorne, Rye has a vision of the waitress Tess getting shot and killed by a man. Determined to change the outcome, Rye takes Tess and her son Beau and flees to Baton Rouge, where his old guardian Mama Reese shelters them. But Rye soon finds out that he may have dived headfirst into a world he has been running from as Tess's dark past threatens to destroy everything he has been working for.

Rye Nova: Between Wrong and Right is a fast-paced suspense drama that delves deep into the themes of redemption and change. It's a well-woven story centered around two contrasting characters. The intense turmoil inside Rye and his determined attempts to change the outcome of his visions drive the narrative. Tess, on the other hand, is someone who is happy to let fate decide her future and plays the perfect foil to Rye. There are some gripping scenes of Rye desperately struggling with his vices along with moments of surprising tenderness between Rye and Mama Reese. I found the ending to be a bit ambiguous, and I think it's because it leaves room for future sequels. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of well-written suspense dramas.