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"Hell or High Water is a tightly written thriller. Nola's first-person perspective and her witty, often cutting dialogue will make the reader believe in the character and really care for her and what happens to her. . . . Like the city for which she was named, Nola is damaged yet unbeaten. . . . an exciting, incisive novel." --El Paso Times
"Hell or High Water is so thick and rich with authentic New Orleans details that you’ll be wiping sweat off your brow and smelling the crawfish étouffée. Joy Castro has crafted a complex, conflicted, and hauntingly real heroine with Nola Céspedes. Shackled to her past and to New Orleans, Castro’s Nola reminded me of Pat Conroy’s Tom Wingo and the Outer Banks in Prince of Tides." --Alex Kava, New York Times bestselling author of The Maggie O’Dell series, Whitewash and One False Move
“In the tradition of P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Lucha Corpi, Joy Castro shows how mystery can be much more than the unraveling of crimes concealed. An irresistible and compelling novel.” —Lorraine M. López, author of Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories
The reader will want to know how the story turns out, and keep turning the pages!
When we spend as much time in a character's head as we do with Nola it seems a bit like cheating to have a whole set of motives come out at the end.
The story is very believable and written in such a way that the reader can visualize the setting and empathize with the main character.
Captivated me. Completely. Rare to find a protagonist so complex and infuriating, but engaging and sympathetic at the same time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by flikwrtr
My book-club selected this book and the majority of the members really liked it. However, I was unimpressed with this story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sapr
Joy Castro's protagonist Nola Cespedes is one crazy flawed woman. But, she's so relatable. Castro's knowledge of the city of New Orleans is epic! This was a great read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wyn Andrews
Castro writes beautifully as we come to care about the characters and empathize with them. The description of New Orleans and its culture is spot-on and I longed to take the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julie25TX
I am very surprised at how poorly written this book is. Worse than a generic mystery novel. That is not to say that I think the author is without talent--I think she could... Read morePublished 17 months ago by msjs
Emotionally satisfying. Given the history of the writer this is a very riveting book. Up until the very end I was not sure how she would end this work. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tony Smith
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. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Victoria Allman
This novel stands out among the rest of the New Orleans themed works. Not only does it have vivid, rich imagery, it also has well developed characters, strong relationships, and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cynthia