Carrots (Shelby Nichols #1)
by Colleen Helme
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.
Her life changed that day because she didn’t have any carrots. Funny, but it’s true. Shelby Nichols was only supposed to buy carrots for her chicken soup that night when a mad masked man from outside the grocery store fired the gun and Shelby was grazed by a bullet. When she woke up, she saw two big dimples smiling down at her. And soon, she heard what Dimples was saying inside his head.
Shelby Nichols soon heard everyone’s thoughts and it’s driving her crazy. She saw how her kids see her, she solved mysterious cases and helped the cops, got involved in a mob and learned that her husband’s new officemate got a crush on him. Oh wait, it wasn’t just a crush. Co-worker Kate was obsessed with her husband and had even wanted her dead. And because of her, Shelby met Uncle Joey. And her life suddenly changed.
Colleen Helme had written a debut novel that is worth anticipating. Shelby Nichols isn’t flawless, isn’t the usual kick-butt heroine we are hoping as a protagonist, but she definitely is personable, likeable and funny. Her mind-reading ability made her more lovable and realistic, albeit amateurish. I loved how she usually fumbled and got lost in everyone’s thoughts.
Sometimes, all we need is an enjoyable book that will make us laugh out loud or simply sigh with relief and feel all the good vibes. Carrots, with all its healthy nutrients, definitely is a great read!