Hell or High Water: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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A psychological thriller in the vein of Kate Atkinson and Tana French that introduces Nola Céspedes, an intense and spellbinding protagonist  Nola Céspedes, an ambitious young reporter at the Times-Picayune, catches a break: An assignment to write her first full-length feature. While researching her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in New Orleans. As Nola’s work leads her into darker corners of the city, a singular narrative voice emerges, and an even more compelling ...
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Hell or High Water: A Novel

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Overview


A psychological thriller in the vein of Kate Atkinson and Tana French that introduces Nola Céspedes, an intense and spellbinding protagonist  Nola Céspedes, an ambitious young reporter at the Times-Picayune, catches a break: An assignment to write her first full-length feature. While researching her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in New Orleans. As Nola’s work leads her into darker corners of the city, a singular narrative voice emerges, and an even more compelling question surfaces: Who is Nola Céspedes? Vividly rendered in razor sharp prose, this novel is a riveting journey of trust betrayed—and the courageous struggle toward recovery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250015112
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Series: Nola Céspedes Novels , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 142,739
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Joy Castro teaches literature at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Her 2005 memoir, The Truth Book was elected an ABA Book Sense Notable Book.
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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! READ THIS BOOK!!

    Unlike most other reviews, I won't go into the story line or give away plot twists. I stopped doing 'book reports' in the 4th grade.

    Instead I'd like to say I found Ms. Castro's prose delightful to all my senses. Her descriptions of one of my favorite locations (New Orleans) was so accurate and spot on, I could see it as I read it. I could even taste the red beans and her flan. Her use of the language brought me to the stairway with her protagonist Nola when she was talking with the 'off the grid' offender, or inside the condo with the former educator. I always felt I was right with her, that I was seeing what she was seeing.

    Nola's flaws are real flaws, her strengths are real strengths. How she deals with them is complex and confusing, as are all human reactions. It's perfect.

    Having read other works by Castro, I was anxiously waiting for this release, and I was not disappointed. A friend who read it first, described it as a 'summer read for smart people', and I couldn't agree more. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre. The subject matter is tough, but she handles it well, and honestly.

    I look forward not only to more from Castro, but more of Nola...and hopefully maybe some screen action of Nola. This would be a very interesting movie, done correctly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

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    Very well written and edited. I read this book without even one hiccup. Well except for the short people who had to smack my arm to get my attention. I stayed up so late last night because I wanted to finish it, not because I had to.

    The main character, Nola felt like a soul sister. She had a few friends but everyone was kept at a distance. They did all appreciate that she could keep a secret. Considering she is a journalist, that's an amazing skill!

    She loves the written word and doesn't like a lot of fluff language. That's the reason I suck at writing business correspondence. They LOVE fluff. I just want to get to the point and get out of there.

    The story keeps you guessing all the way through. I wish I could tell you more but I can't. I can only say that it's a roller coaster ride. It's listed as a thriller, but I wasn't so much afraid for Nola as worried about her sanity. When the author described Nola's descent into depression, it felt familiar.

    There is the thriller element, but it's also highly political. Highlighting not only the vast chasm that exists between whites and non-whites and the poor and wealthy. When speaking to the disparity between the races with regard to jail time, the old lady who used to watch Nola said,

    "In this world, baby girl, there's no such thing as justice. You got to make your own."

    When she starts interviewing people about the sex offender registry she finds a sickening disparity. Wealthy mothers are educated about the registry, and work like hawks to protect their children. The mothers from the 9th ward, have never heard of the registry and don't have computers anyway. Plus they treat sexual abuse as a reality, and while they won't tolerate it they also feel their daughters need to learn to protect themselves. (I don't think either is particularly healthy.)

    I will give only one warning. If you've ever been sexually abused, this might be a difficult story. There's nothing too graphic, but the feelings and realities in this story are hauntingly familiar. It could easily pull some triggers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

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    I LOVED this book. That is not to say that it was an easy read,

    I LOVED this book. That is not to say that it was an easy read, by any means. Nola is a deeply flawed character that seems to spiral downward toward certain trouble. It is like watching a car crash that has you cringing but you can't look away. But the writing is so well done and the descriptions of New Orleans are so spot on, I couldn't help but be drawn in and fall in love with this book. Although, the subject matter of pedophiles and missing girls had me putting the book down when it was dark out and only reading with the lights on.




    The writing was fresh and the characters intriguing. I look forward to Castro's second book about Nola and seeing how the character grows and where she goes from such a dark and disturbed place. Fantastic read!




    Victoria Allman
    author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Husband

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Recommend - a real page turner!

    This book will surely have a sequel. while it was a fast read and enjoyable, it also shares a good deal of factual information. It is a book I will share with others and I think many will appreciate it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    A heroine you'll like very much and would also like to yell at.

    A heroine you'll like very much and would also like to yell at. Fine New Orleans, intense story. Nice to hear there's a sequel coming.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Sex offenders,

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    Sex offenders, New Orleans after Katrina and an investigation all wrapped up in an interesting novel. Right from the beginning I was sucked into the story and wanted to know how it would unravel, but there are some definite plot points that I was questioning.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

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    Shelly Bell is visiting to Writer’s Corner on the Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour. She is promoting her debut novel A Year to Remember.

    Synopsis:

    Sara is the older sibling and today her younger brother Seth is getting married. Sara being the eldest child feels some animosity towards her sibling on his special day. She is asked to give a speech at his reception then caught by surprise and doesn’t know what to say at first. Sara vows to get married by her thirtieth birthday. Let the online dating journey begin. Sara brings along her friend Missy for support in carrying out this quest. Will Sara find someone special? What will she learn about herself?

    My Thoughts:

    If you like Jennifer Weiner then you will also like Shelly Bell. I had a hard time putting this book down. I am interested in checking out this J-Date website is it real? I thought the story was great. I loved how the author developed the characters as the story went along.

    I thought that this book was very easy to read. I loved how the plot wasn’t just about finding your mate but also having a fulfilling life. Another question that could be asked is what you do have to contribute? A great relationship should seek to fulfill you. It should also matter what you have to contribute. Where do your interests lie? I am a cook, writer, and reader. I am interested in joining writing groups or joining a cooking class.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 22, 2012

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