Keeping Her in the Light

Cover Art of "Keeping Her in the Light"

First there was darkness…

A seemingly typical young woman wakes up to find herself in the dark. She does not know how she got there; she does not know why she is there. She feels for a light switch, thinking the light will ease her tension—thinking the light will make things better.

Then there was light.

Death is only an instant. What she sees in the once white room is way past death itself. Realization sets in. The answers to the “how” and the “why” cease to be vague, and it is made clear that escape is out of the question. For a puzzling madman holds her captive, and only he can provide her with her freedom. Only he can grant it because only he has the key.

Now there is only a decision.

He will kill her only if she is able to prove the existence of a certain syndrome. In the meantime, he settles for torture. Escape is not possible, and there are only two different ways of ending this madman’s reign: Kill him or stay alive.

Staying alive requires tolerance to pain and despair. It asks of her a precise resistance to a syndrome–one she knows nothing about. If she doesn’t die, he doesn’t search for his next victim. If she doesn’t die, no one else has to.

Killing him vanquishes all hopes of freedom, for the key will die with him. Killing is just another form of murder. Murder will make her the one monster she swore she would never be: The same beast responsible for building a definite barrier on the line that divides past from present to possible future. One who has silenced her past forever.

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24 responses to “

  1. amazing! you have a book!!! :o) I’m so proud of you!

  2. This is a good start for a writer. Keep on writing.


  3. liz

    beautifully written, simply clean and distinct! am glad my daughter gifted me this book!

  4. Olive

    Nicole’s book is well-written. Just amazing how she develops the story. Magaling!

  5. Chunie

    It’s riveting. . .

  6. Pat

    It’s well-written. Sa tingin ko nga, sanitized pa rin yung parts that are meant to be gory eh. Pero scary nga.

  7. Evelyn S. Fuentes

    For a writer sooo young, she has a brilliant mind and keen imagination. Once you start reading it, you can’t seem to stop until the end as the suspense is very powerful. I am 100% sure she’ll be highly successful as a writer.

  8. Jomel Fuentes

    Nicole’s novella is a psycho thriller with a handful of pages that are maybe for readers older than 16years old, parts that are needed to describe the personalities of the kidnapper-serial killer. As a whole, it is actually much more than just a thriller. . . because Nicole wrote about her concepts of light, darkness, human hope, beauty, uniqueness, peer pressure, importance of having a solid family education and training while the kids are still very young, etc. that she cleverly intertwines with the conversations in the story. . It is very difficult to close the book until one finishes reading it. . .

    • Paolo Jerome Cristobal

      I totally agree with you too. I met her on the 29th, and bought and finished her book on the 30th. I had to detach myself on the really gory parts to be able to leave sane. 🙂 And she’s written this book at a young age of sixteen. I’ve never read anything like it, much more from a young girl. I’m very impressed and would like her perhaps to sign my copy. haha. I wonder when she’ll have a book signing? There should be a newspaper article about her. 🙂

      • Danilo Tauto-an Naraja

        I haven’t read her book yet, but when I read some comments about it, it occurred to me that it is a best read. According to Jomel Fuentes (I don’t know his relation to the author Nicole Fuentes), she was able to mix a myriad of elements and concepts: light, darkness, human hope, beauty, uniqueness, peer pressure, importance of having a solid family education and training while the kids are still very young, and so on. I hope, then, to get a copy of her book. Thank you, Paolo, for sharing.

      • Paolo Jerome Cristobal

        To Danilo, i do hope that someone would write an article about her in the Philippine star, a book review perhaps. So that it will gain the publicity it so deserves. I do hope that i get my copy signed! haha

      • Paolo Jerome Cristobal

        or any newspaper. lol 🙂

  9. raf

    aim for a novel prize for literarture….excellent work.

  10. Khristine Saquing

    I’ve read the book and it’s amazing for a 16 year old kid to write that kind of story. The parents are indeed good “owners of the garden”.

  11. Cheryl Pindoy

    I enjoyed reading Nicole’s book. She is good for someone who has written her first book and immediately got published by a publisher in Canada. She will go a long way. Best wishes to her.

  12. Ariel Crisostomo

    It’s really a thriller. I am impressed with the progress of the story. I will surely recommend this book to friends. For a very young and promising writer, Nicole, I would expect another thriller book soon? Keep it up, Nicole.

  13. Anna Lee

    Nicole’s book is interesting and amazing. Once you start reading it, you can’t stop. It’s like you want to flip the pages one after another to know what’s going to happen next. I’m amazed with how Nicole thought about the conversations of Allie and Vernicus….very interesting and intriguing! It made me think…. i like it when a book makes me think. ‘Pinagagana utak ko’ (it makes my mind work). I’m trying to understand their concept of light and darkness, the gardener-garden-owner. I sometimes end up saying things aloud, talking to myself, arguing with myself. Nicole is very talented. Great book Nicole! I hope she can sign my book ‘pag-uwi ko diyan’ (when I go back to the Philippines) next year.

  14. Paolo Jerome Cristobal

    You should pass it to the Palanca as well! 🙂

    • Jomel Fuentes

      Unfortunately, Paolo, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards is not that encompassing and thus, does not consider all novels. CPMA did not have “Novel, English Division” as part of its contest last year. “Novel, Enlish Division” is part of its 2011 contest. Its rule, however, states that only published works between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011 or unpublished works may be entered in the contest. Nicole’s novel , thus, can not be submitted because it was published in November 2009 – it would have been eligible for CPMA’s 2010 contest but CPMA excluded the same last year. What a pity that our most prestigious literary contest does not actually consider all novels.

      • Thien

        Yeah, it is sad. Hey, but at least she got hers published outside the country. That is an achievement. =)

  15. dew_of_november

    It was really captivating, i really like the way this writer created the personality of her characters. She very well defined a border between sanity and insanity. Kudos to you

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