The Six Train to Wisconsin (The Six Train to Wisconsin #1) by Kourtney Heintz
Publisher: Aurea Press
Goodreads Summary: Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything.
There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.
When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.
To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned—Butternut, Wisconsin—where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?
An emotionally powerful debut, The Six Train to Wisconsin pushes the bounds of love as it explores devotion, forgiveness and acceptance.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: Kai is a telepath. She is able to hear others' thoughts, and see emotions. When her state steadily worsens, she becomes suicidal and often unable to keep up her shield which protects her from the constant onslaught of emotions. Her husband Oliver takes it upon himself to move her out of the busy city of New York and back to his hometown of Butternut, Wisconsin. But the town is filled with demons from Oliver's past and people he left behind. Nothing will remain hidden...
I love the idea of this series. The conflict between Kai and Oliver proves nothing is perfect, and both of them grow, learn and dissolve their issues. Based off the real town of Butternut, Kourtney Heintz's Butternut is also a symbol, showing that secrets from the past will be unearthed.
I tried to write as much as I could before this segment, but now it's here. Yes, I fear this section will go on for the rest of the review, but I'll try and subdue the urge that wants that to happen. My favourite character of them all isn't Kai or Oliver, so guess again. Stumped? Caleb! I really wanted the opportunity to get to know him better, more description and revelations about his personality. I hope this happens in book two.
In terms of the storyline and mystery, I definitely give The Six Train to Wisconsin five stars. However what stopped me from loving some of this book are the characters. For me, I usually find it the easiest to connect with the character(s) telling the story; their voice shows their personality in an intimate way and in first person you are literally in their head. I like the characters of this book, but they need more description, especially about their looks. I didn't find out a lot about their personality either, only how they would react in extreme situations.
The Six Train to Wisconsin started as a short story, and I can see the similarities between that and this novel, which is the short story in expanded version. However I think it is too much like an expanded version of the short story and more content is needed.
Purchase Location: ~I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review~
Recommended for: Fans of dark secrets.