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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Fortuna Coin is a thriller-drama novel written by Karen Ann Hopkins. Recently married Wendy Catalano's life sees an abrupt end when her ex-husband, Josh Taylor, shockingly kills her new husband, Ben Engel, and her four daughters before killing himself and Wendy. However, due to an ancient coin belonging to their family, Wendy is unceremoniously transported seventeen years back to the year when she met her future killer. Plagued by visions about a yet-to-be-lived life, Wendy finds herself falling for two different men. She marries Josh, leading her toward a psychologically abusive and physically violent relationship. Meanwhile, she continues to harbor feelings for Ben, leaving him with a letter noting the momentous events in his future. Can Wendy take advantage of her second chance?
A gripping drama centered around an abusive relationship, The Fortuna Coin is a thoughtful exploration of domestic abuse and toxic relationships. Author Karen Ann Hopkins presents a raw and authentic portrayal of a woman trapped in a loveless and abusive marriage, showcasing the ways an abuser manipulates their victims to stick by them. The plot is well-paced, and you never see the twists and turns. I found Hopkins's characterization thoroughly compelling. Each character feels well-developed, with complex layers to their personalities that make them utterly absorbing to read. You find yourself rooting for Wendy all the way through. The climax feels bittersweet yet satisfying nonetheless. If you're itching for a well-written, character-driven drama that explores a vital social issue, The Fortuna Coin is the book for you.