Authors Showcase: The gasp of a mystery, the sound of a heart breaking
March 12, 2013
The Book: Out of the Shadow
The Author: J. S. Winn
The survivor of a rape and her husband’s murder, Becca Rosen wants nothing more than to move on with her life, but how can she when she’s being stalked by a psychopath with an attitude—and an agenda. The police are no help because they’re convinced, with her history of mental illness, Becca has faked the rape to get away with murder. And Becca has begun to have flashbacks and nightmares of childhood abuse, possibly at the hands of the rapist. Not knowing where to turn, and feeling like she might go crazy again, Becca hires a psychologist, Dr. Sarah Abrams, to help her unearth who’s behind the crimes of the past … and the present.
Three men come into Becca’s life around the same time. While each of these men has his charms, Becca can’t be certain whether any one of them is the perpetrator. Or could it be someone else? Together Becca and Sarah start on a course of hypnotherapy to discover the abuser’s identity. Will their work reveal the real killer before it’s too late, or will Becca fall prey to this demented criminal?
Review by Chastity B.: Out Of The Shadow was one of the best thrillers I have read this year. Winn created a spine-tingling, action-packed, suspense-filled, novel that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
I loved this novel so much. The twists and turns were so creative. I was definitely thrown for a loop on the whole `who done it’ part. She was very good at concealing her bad guy up until the end, which is a very tricky thing to do when it comes to writing mysteries. Becca’s story draws you in from the very first page, maybe even the very first sentence for some of you. I know I was hooked from the first sentence, this novel just takes off as a very fast pace from the beginning and is a steady ride throughout the book. This is a big plus and very hard to do, so I give her a lot of credit and much respect for that accomplishment.
The plot was amazing, the writing was brilliant, her clues and the way the stories tie into each other was so brilliant and I loved it.
I really love stories like this they are such entertaining reads and you really cannot put them down. Out Of The Shadow was no different I read through it quickly because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This action-packed read is a must have in your suspense collection. I really loved Out Of The Shadow and everything about it. I recommend it to any mystery or thriller fan or anyone who just wants to sink their teeth into a good book.
Review by Marglyn: What a brilliant psychological thriller, so well written by the author who has years of experience in this field of psychoanalysis.
This story is so realistic as the characters come to life in this murder mystery, with the female character being stalked and shadows from her past pursuing her. No wonder she is so mixed up and not knowing who she can trust.
From the first page to the end it is a fast paced book with an unusual twist at the end. A must read book, look forward to reading more of this authors work.
The Book: Don’t Cry, Daddy’s Here
The Author: Brinda Carey
The Story: This book will not be easy to read. It is not a cozy, friendly little book meant to cheer you up and brighten your day. It is, however, a starkly true story of what happened to a little girl born in Texas in 1960.
Brinda Carey’s first 22 years were an unimaginable hell – unimaginable, that is, to those of you who haven’t had your own version of that hell. Sexual abuse and manipulation by a monstrous father and a descent into the emotional wasteland of promiscuity are just two of the hallmarks of that inferno.
Can anyone ever recover from unrelenting sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her parents? Brinda Carey did. Her message of hope and renewal is for every abuse survivor living alone with her pain – and it’s for everyone who wishes to know about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love and forgiveness.
Review by Matchoo: Brinda Carey must be one of the most courageous and amazing women on this earth. After reading this book, you will agree, as she overcomes things that most people would not be able to live through. Yet somehow she finds the strength and mind to not only speak out about her abuse, but reach out to others, educate others, support others, inspire others, and love others.
I am grateful to say that I was able to attend one of her talks at a rally, a talk that was intended to (and I am sure it did) educate others on how to prevent some of the trials that she has experienced, some of the heartache that you will read about in this book. What an amazing, overwhelming, and inspirational piece of art that she was able to create here!
Review by Books4Tomorrow: I’ll admit that I read this book by recommendation from a friend and out of morbid curiosity. Incest – a word I hate. No matter what images the word conjures in my mind, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what a sexually abused child must’ve suffered – and by the hands of her father no less. Having lived a sheltered life, such a thing for me is hard to imagine, but the truth is that it does happen and in Don’t Cry, Daddy’s Here, Brinda doesn’t only share her experience of what she suffered at the hands of her father, but takes the reader back with her in time to her childhood years where it all started and then tells it like it is. No sugarcoating. No excuses. Nothing. Just an earnest, straightforward, no-holds-barred, retelling of the shocking events in her life – but with the voice of a survivor.
For me Brinda’s story is a heartbreaking one, but also one that inspires. While reading this, I didn’t feel like a reader, but rather a companion on the author’s emotional journey down memory lane, and then her amazing journey to acceptance, forgiveness and moving on. It will make you cry, it will break your heart, make you feel angry, and unleash a volley of emotions at the thought that a father could do such despicable things to his daughter, without an ounce of remorse. I admire the author’s courage to open her heart on paper and share with the world her lost childhood, and I applaud her for her strength, perseverance and honesty.
This is not only a book for victims of incest or sexual abuse, but also for those of us who need an eye-opener to the fact that some parents and trusted family members can betray a child’s trust and take away their innocence in the cruelest of ways. A lot of helpful information, photos, contact details and inspiring quotes are included in this book.