Book review: Nikki Come Home by Elizabeth Virginia Poirier

Synopsis

Twenty-seven-year-old hard-partier Nikki Dickinson turns up in an area hospital after going missing for twenty-two days, twelve of which she has zero memory of. Diagnosed with schizoaffective and substance use disorders, she returns to her life in North Brooklyn and her job, answering fan mail for indie pop star Baby Talk. When correspondence with a threatening fan leads Nikki down a path of fractured memories, she is forced to confront the mystery of her twelve missing days, the ghosts of her past and eventually her own sanity.

Review

There are so many hidden gems amongst all the self-published, indie books out there and Nikki Come Home is one of them! I’m so thankful to Elizabeth for getting in contact with me about her book otherwise I would have missed out on one of my favourite reads this year so far.

This book is a really wild ride. I started it unsure of what to think and nervous I wasn’t going to enjoy it, but as the story progresses and Nikki’s mental state begins to gradually spiral, this turned into a fast paced, shocking and exciting read!

Written in journal style, our main character Nikki is a witty and intense narrator, telling her story one week at a time. Her character really reminded me of the narrator in The Bus on Thursday, another book that I gave 5 stars to. You dislike her but you also can’t help finding her in some ways charming and relatable.

I would also say this one was reminiscent of Invisible Monsters. It was one of those books that’s a beautiful disaster you can’t keep your eyes away from.

Poirier is undoubtedly a talented writer and good storyteller. After my initial hesitation, this book held me in its grip and wouldn’t let go.

This book tackles addiction and mental health in a full-on way. Full disclosure, it has a lot of trigger warnings which I’m happy to share with anyone one who wants to know what they are.

I’m so happy I got the chance to read this. It combined two aspects of two other books I loved into one great story that was both thrilling and emotional. I really recommend this for readers who are into dark fiction and who aren’t too squeamish.

(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐️⭐️


Book Details:

Pages: 271
Edition Published:
2020
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.44

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