by Liz Ferro
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Pub Date 20 May 2021 | Archive Date 05 Apr 2022
Adapt and thrive--this is the way of the Chameleon. With a less than idyllic childhood shrouded behind her, Nora Horvath finds confidence and strength in the life she’s created for herself. Needs, not names, are what interests this self-possessed woman, and that’s exactly the way she likes it. Between her hobbies, her work, and her intimate circle of confidants, there is literally nothing Nora desires from the outside world--let alone a long forgotten one.As a firefighter, Nora knows better than most that heat rises.
After a terrifying rescue jostles free the memories of a traumatic and abusive past, Nora is forced to pursue the demons who beckon her back into the shadowy realm of this new trauma. As she ascends into the inferno of her past, she begins to discover just how much heat she can handle. Feverishly, Nora attempts to maintain her tight grip on the things she holds dear, and considers everything else to be... trivial. After all, a chameleon only changes color when it’s frightened, and nothing can rattle the likes of Nora Horvath. Not even the truth.
Stunning, powerful, and complex, Chameleon Girl is a novel so big it occupies dual worlds. Igniting passion and intrigue, this psychological thriller transcends the genre as a champion of emotional intelligence and feminist narrative. Journey into the darkest and most complex aspects of the human experience as you witness this incredible cast of characters change, adapt, and show their true colors in Liz Ferro’s bewitching debut novel.
"Chameleon Girl, the debut novel by Liz Ferro, is such a haunting, psychological thriller with piercing imagery…it summoned a visceral response that left me devouring page after page!" ~ Lori B.
"It's visceral, it's stimulating it's a twister but it also grabs your heart and head as you beg for more wondering where is page 206. Liz has a unique way of painting a picture for us with her mind and pen. I loved the book because it made me feel. In a world of computer wizardry, the coming of AI and the inevitability of dependence on the unreal, through Nora, Liz challenges us and scores with 'Chameleon Girl'" ~ James Hinton
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Thank you to @netgalley and author #LizFerro for the eARC of #ChameleonGirl in exchange for an honest review. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
What I enjoyed the most about this book was all the pop culture references.
This is a greatly written story about the hellish childhood of Nora and how she learned to cope & eventually escape her horrible life.
All I could think while reading this was “th is heart rending”
Overall I very much enjoyed the book, it was a quick and fast paced read and I deeply felt for Nora (our FMC).
It’s should be noted that this book contains triggers for the following
• Child Abuse
• Mental Health
Excellent story of strength in a character. I’m sure everyone can see a little bit of Nora in themselves, but she was definitely a character that we need in more books. Phenomenal!
Defiantly not the book I expected but a sad tale about a woman learning to finally see the truth about the abuse she has suffered and her attitude around her body and sex.
This is a well written story about the horrid childhood of Nora and how she learned to cope on move on from her childhood. I found the story to be captivating and fast paced.
Wow- This book really disarmed me. It was not at all what I expected, but it was a really powerful read. The non-linear flow to the book was a little hard to follow at first, but I feel like that enhanced the overall immersion as the novel progressed.
This is a very psychologically complex character study delving into living with mental illness and attempting to process childhood trauma. It's heavy, but it is a fast read. Written in first person with very modern language, I read it in just a few hours.
Content warnings for this are child abuse and neglect, mental health, and substance abuse. There is some sexual content, but not a ton. This is used to show certain behavioral tendencies of the lead rather than being gratuitous or even a focal point of the narrative.
Thank you to Library Tales Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
A monster mother Omzi aka Momzilla and mad-shit mentally volatile daughter Nora and and secret-filled yellow-painted dirty house that is filthier than you can imagine in any of your horrible dreams and shit-load of abuse the daughter Nora underwent during her childhood days.
These are all the some of the essential story arc in this mind-numbing and heart-crunching novel that is not at all advised for anybody with weak heart.
Nothing happens good in this novel, except for the exceptional writing of the author that kept me glued to read more of that suffocating, dreamy, and psychedelic of prose that is gripping, funny, crazy, sexy, masochistic, voyeuristic, and achingly beautiful to say the least.
My favourite characters in this novel are Chaos the cat and Roger the dog.
This novel is highly recommended by my side if you love to read hard-hitting dark real-life kinda stuff.
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