Abra Helene spends endless days at the old farmhouse she
inherited painting and luxuriating in her freedom. Until one
day a stranger saunters through her open front gate. He
calls himself Val and Abra is immediately drawn to him.
Before she can question it all, sheís awaiting his noonday
visit, craving him. There is something disturbing and
forbidden about him, and no matter how much she desires him,
Abra has no intention of succumbing. What she isnít
counting on is a change of heart, and Valís persistence.
Sometimes feelings are stronger than good intentions and
beliefs. In Abraís case, it comes down to the deepest
recesses of her heart. When she does make a decision about
Val, she gains the upper hand and seizes complete control.
The best part about reading this story is that Anastasia
Rabiyah has created a strong assertive woman with needs and
a purpose, a solid sense of self. When Val arrives on the
scene, he makes her question her entire life until sheís
able to arrive at a compromise to ensure their mutual
happiness. Val is a complex mixture of arrogance and
vulnerability, which made me like him without pitying him.
Thereís a fascinating battle for dominance between them
thatís threaded through every encounter. I was pleased to
see that the human woman persevered without becoming the
supernatural beingís plaything - victim.
The Noonday Demon is a dark gem of a tale
framed by a realistic setting. The author is gifted at
imagery, metaphor and descriptions, flooding the mind and
imagination with colorful words and visuals. For this
reason, Iíve come to appreciate the lyrical and lush style
of her work. Like Abra, Anastasia Rabiyah uses the page as
canvas to create a sinisterly vibrant narrative of love,
lust, hope, self-discovery and new beginnings.