Two couples, both skeptical and desperate, are drawn together by a medium named Oona, a fragile, beautiful young woman who knows things that no other living person should know. Is her gift real, or is it the sign of a consuming madness? Can she lead them all to important truths, or will they be trapped in the tightening web of terror and death?Fog Heart was awarded the Int...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by St. Martin's Press
(first published 1997)
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At first I expected a novel about the dead coming back to wreak havoc on those who've betrayed and harmed them in life, but deeper into it, I realized it was more about how the ghosts are fueled by the inner guilt of the living, taking shape to either warn, or remind, them of what's waiting around the corner. Focusing on two couples who are brought together by a young waif-ish yet beautiful medium, Oona, the novel is told in their perspective - quite personal and not meandering into atmosphere,...more
Jan 20, 2009 Nancy Oakes rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Tessier gives us a look into the lives of two couples who cannot deny that the supernatural has invaded their lives. The Spences, Oliver & Carrie, find themselves dealing with visits from the ghost of Carrie's father; he has something to say to Carrie but no words come out when he talks. Jan and Charley, the other couple, lost their only child years earlier in a horrible fire and now Charley finds himself having to face the fact that their daughter is trying to communicate with them. Both co...more
Mar 15, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Boy does Tessier get some poor ratings for some great writing. At times deep, creepy, gruesome, enigmatic, heart-breaking, suspenseful but never dull. Tessier is talking about ghosts, mediums, and spirits, but he really isn't. He's talking about how screwed up and alone we actually are and fooling us into thinking we are reading a psychic thriller.
Though not particularly scary in a Stephen King sort of way, Fog Heart is an intriguingly different sort of mystery. Populated by a cast of psychologically crippled, twisted couples who are initially unknown to one another, the plot revolves around their coming together via their work with an exceedingly strange young medium, Oona.
Thomas Tessier grew up in Connecticut and attended University College, Dublin. He is the author of several acclaimed novels of terror and suspense, plays, poems, and short stories. His novel Fog Heart received the International Horror Guild's Award for Best Novel, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist, and was cited by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of the Year. He lives in Connecticut.More about Thomas Tessier...