Rotten Peaches is a gripping epic filled with disturbing and unforgettable insights into the human condition. Love, lust, race and greed. How far will you go” Two women. Two men. One happy ending. It takes place in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Nature or nurture. South Africa, racism and old prejudices -- these are hardly old topics but what happens when biological half-siblings meet with insidious intentions” Can their moral corruption be blamed on genetics -- were they born rotten to begin with” And what happens when they meet up with more of their ilk” What further havoc can be wreaked, with devastating familial consequences?
"Wow. Just wow. Lisa de Nikolits' Rotten Peaches blew me away. A dark, compulsive, and addictive story in which the characters' secrets and needs conflict with each other and fold back in on themselves in an ever-tightening noose, Rotten Peaches will keep readers gripped until the very last page. Highly recommended!"
--Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter
"A noir page-turner that digs into the darkest corners of the human heart, Rotten Peaches dissects the lives of Leone and Berenice, women who live continents apart but are linked by the attentions of a charismatic con man, JayRay. Leonie, a kleptomaniac chemist for an up and coming cosmetics company in Toronto, juggles her trade show junkets with a taste for petty theft and an abusive affair with JayRay. Meanwhile, in South Africa, JayRay's half-sister Bernice, author of a best-selling series of self-help baking books based on recipes she's appropriated from her black housekeeper, is in love with a man committed to returning South Africa to white control. Slowly the two stories begin to merge: as one woman struggles for redemption and self-knowledge, the other slips into a whirlpool of deception and violence. Lisa de Nikolits succeeds in creating a disturbing, mesmerizing tale in which the boundaries of good and evil, justice and punishment, are blurred by family secrets, racism, and sexual obsession."
--Terri Favro, author of Once Upon a Time in West Toronto
"'I am not a killer. I just fell in love with the wrong man." In Rotten Peaches, two women grapple with Sisyphean circumstances, paralleled in the seeming inescapable strength of the demons they “harbour?. Lisa de Nikolits is a skilled craftswoman, gripping the reader from the first page, and suspend's” her there, “brow furrowed?, as each new disaster unfolds, highlighted always by our two heroes' inability to turn away from the men they love and the dangerous plots they've been seduced into. With cons, “political unrest, “poison, sex, and murder plots, “Rotten Peaches? “is” an unflinchingly cinematic read."
--Robin Richardson, author of Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis.