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The Louisiana parish of Nakadee, a typical town of Creoles, Cajuns, Blacks, and Whites, is more interested in its annual Hot Sauce Festival than in the lives of two eccentric celebrity writers living in the “Hollykook” house.Dr. Lula Logan, a Northerner teaching forensic anthropology at the local university—and researching the stories buried in the graves of local slaves—is reluctantly drawn into an investigation by her ex-boyfriend, a detective, regarding a severed finger left at the Police Department. As the investigation expands, she is caught up in a romantic tug-of-war with an enigmatic U.S. Congressman who turns her liberal worldview upside down. She is also thrust into the lives of the town’s colorful suspects, including a head-turning Confederate-sympathizing college student, a precocious wanna-be- rapper, and a scholarly handyman. 

Everybody is connected in Nakadee, which leads to intriguing alliances among the rich, not so rich, and those on their way to being important. When the crimes become a murder investigation, Lula discovers that small towns like Nakadee are not always what they seem, and sometimes hide very big secrets.


Severed is an intriguing, gripping, thrilling novel that hooked me from beginning to end. It is a novel that captivated me, a novel that took me hostage until the very last sentence. These books, in my opinion, are the best kind, so, already, I can tell you wonderful book lovers that Severed, A Novel, is one of my favourite novels of the year so far! It truly is a brilliant read that I believe everybody will love. 

Severed is an incredible novel with a unique premise and plot that should not be spoiled. That is why I will not be discussing the plot of this novel and the premise of the story; this is because the story is so brilliant that I do not want to spoil it for you lovely readers. It is a novel that needs to be read without virtually knowing anything about it; this is how I went in reading it, and I was so happy I did. Sure, I read the above synopsis from the author but that alone does not even begin to let the reader know what happens in the novel. Thank God it does not because this book and the hidden secrets that lie within it are so brilliant that nobody should know about them–unless you buy and read this novel, of course!

The story of Severed is a gripping, mysterious one and let’s not forget to mention thrilling. It has been a while since I have read a mystery, so that is why I was so pleased when I loved this book. It fulfilled that reading need perfectly! Severed is an electric page turner that makes for a quick read; it is a quick read because of how compulsive it is, not because of the length of the book. The plot, as well as the incredible, vivid characters, and the sleepy town of Louisiana make this novel a dream… a reading dream and a wonderful experience. So already, I have to thank the novels wonderful author VL Towler for writing such a gripping, compelling novel!

The author of the novel VL Towler is an intricate, imaginative writer that has written a brilliant piece of literature. It was apparent to me very early on in the book that the skill of the writing was high and also very intricate, which meant that I would have to pay attention to every detail. Thank God I did because the little details and hints that are projected at the reader become very important! It is a rich novel, full of incredibly vivid, descriptive writing which perfectly paints a picture of the town in which the novel is set, as well as painting a picture of the many incredible, unique characters we come across.

VL Towler managed to grasp me from the very first page, she took me hostage with her beautiful words and I am so happy that she did! It made for a thrilling reading experience, one that I will not forget for a long time thanks to her impeccable writing. I truly am excited to see where VL Towler progresses as a writer because her work is simply incredible and she is a true talent to watch out for!

To summarise my thoughts on Severed, I would say if you adore intricate mysteries that take you hostage from the first page thanks to its incredible plot and compelling writing, then you will adore this book! This wonderful novel gets Five Stars from me!

Thank you so much for reading my review book lovers! I appreciate it so much. I love interacting with all of you lovely readers so please do comment below and let me know your thoughts on this brilliant book. What do you think of the premise? Is it a book you could see yourself reading? Please do let me know! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!

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