Salamander Justice by Tamika Thompson
Veda is a successful public relations director who recently relocated to Kauai where she is grieving the murder of her ex-boyfriend Michael. Sam is a self-proclaimed vegan-pacifist who is searching for his life’s purpose despite being supported by his wealthy family. The salamanders that populate the Hawaiian island, that sneak into homes, and scurry across footpaths are simply an afterthought.
Believing that Veda is “the one,” Sam introduces her to his family in the hopes that he can turn their friendship into something more, but his plan is thwarted when Veda becomes smitten with his older brother Adam. Strange occurrences befall the trio on the anniversary of Michael’s murder, and as Veda chooses Adam, and as Sam becomes increasingly resentful, the love triangle spirals into a jealousy and anger so strong they begin to question reality.
Is the human-like salamander that Veda sees real or imagined? Is the leathery, yellow stripe growing on Sam’s chest just in his head? Salamander Justice asks, Which creatures deserve to live? The answer will prove to be deadly.
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I was sucked into this one with a quickness. The way the characters are written and the complicated relationship they share hooked me. But then we get to the interweaving narratives of perception between Veda and Sam and things start to look a little different. What really happened to Veda’s ex? How do Veda and Sam actually feel about each other? Everything starts to get questions. As emotions rise, something strange happens; something transformative, both physically and emotionally. Short but memorable, a must read.