Chroma Hearts *latest book*

NEW! Chroma Hearts

Buy the eBook & Paperback (International): Amazon

Buy the Paperback (Philippines): From the Author


NEW ADULT: Psychological Thriller | Romance | Suspense

Can love triumph over all—even catatonic depression? Can love defeat everything—even a diabolical evil?

A new bride suffering from catatonia. A determined husband trying to break through the black pit in which her brain escaped to. And a ruthless abomination who will stop at nothing to tear them apart.

Melvin and Erica are childhood sweethearts. Theirs is a love nurtured through the years. Everything is perfect. They are on the road to their happily ever after. Until their love is put to a series of tests: trials of fire.

Erica is brutally assaulted, left for dead but miraculously survives. Undeterred, they go through with their wedding. But an unwanted outcome and an unexpected memory of the assault push Erica to the edge. Her mind switches off. She becomes catatonic.

Armed with only his unwavering love for her, Melvin strives to unlock her mind and bring her back to him. 

But what if the key to her brain opens up a Pandora’s box, unraveling a hideous truth about the crime which they mistakenly thought was solved? Will they be able to accept it—or survive it?

Chroma Hearts is an intensely emotional psychological thriller about a love that destroys and a love that heals.


Top review by

“My heart was pounding the whole time I was reading this book because [expletive deleted]. It opened with a crime (stuff of nightmares, really), and I thought the writing style was nothing less than perfect—vivid and dramatic. … 

“The whole thing felt like following a crime movie or TV show, complete with mini cliffhangers, dramatic plot twists and flashbacks and wtf-worthy revelations. At the rate my investment was going, I was already practically begging to get to the bottom of it all even in just the first few chapters. But what I was into was how moral compass, family dynamics and most of all, mental illness were explored. This was the first time in years I’ve come across catatonia in a romantic context. … 

“It was a smorgasbord of emotional black hole-forming elements. … I found the ending quite satisfying (and surprising, … I felt like there were no loose ties left behind, and that the author was able to cover all gaping wounds in the best possible way. 

“Chroma Hearts by Mayumi Cruz is a gripping and thought-provoking story about fighting for love against mental illness, with a side of crime solving. Strongly recommended for those who enjoy mind-stirring and heart-squeezing.”


The following reviews can be found HERE.

“You hit the right note with this book.”

“If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this fast-paced gripping tale of unwavering love and betrayal is for you.”

“In her dedication, Miss Mayumi wrote, ‘Enjoy reading!’ and I really did! The book has a strong start. I have a couple of ‘what the fck moments’ when some events happened and some truths unveiled–and that’s positive. It obviously means I’m affected. Besides the plot, what I liked most about this is Miss Mayumi’s words. Artsy. Especially Erica’s letter/poem. That made my heart melt and want to have a love like theirs–strong, and can withstand all the storms. Love that will choose to fight and forgive each other. Love that doesn’t leave.”

“Super ganda ng story!” (English translation: “The story is so beautiful!”)