Carrots by Colleen Helme

Shelby Nichols, Book 1

Synopsis: Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber’s mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she’s lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn’t suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly ‘hears’ what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she’s bossy and too old to understand them, but that’s nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn’t want her to know? As if that isn’t enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he’s out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone’s thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

Review: I had seen this novel on several blogs and when I saw it free on amazon, I took it quickly. I was really curious to see what the author was going to offer us, especially since the series is pretty well rated on goodreads. So I started it!

Shelby is a housewife and manages the entire house for her husband and children. However, all this changes the day she goes to the grocery store and a ball touches her during an armed robbery. It is at this moment that she discovers that she hears the thoughts of others. While that could be a very interesting talent, Shelby realizes that it’s tiring and wearying. In addition, she does not necessarily appreciate hearing what others think about her. But here, with this gift, she wants to try to help the police to find the person who would like to make her disappear but she ends up under the cut of the mafia. The only thing that saves her is her gift, except that now the boss is convinced that he can use her, especially in his environment.

I found the story very nice and I really liked following the heroine. Shelby is easy to connect to and it must be said that she finds herself in incredible situations without even wanting to. She’s going to find out that she’s not the boring mom that she thought she was and that this gift will open up many doors for her, even if she does not really know how. But in the end this gift will only bring her trouble!

I confess that I am now very curious to be able to discover the following volume to see what our heroine reserves us and especially to see what she will do with in respect to her loved ones after this end.

24 thoughts on “Carrots by Colleen Helme

  1. I won a copy of this book years ago, but now I can’t find it, I must have loaned it out to someone. Now I am kicking myself it sounds like a great read! I will see if I can still get it on Amazon.

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun! I’ll admit I rather liked the cover but reading your review it’s not what I was expecting, and it sounds like a very fun premise!

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