In Deadly Thyme, Ruth has escaped a dangerous past and has rebuilt her life in the quaint English village, Cornwall. But the idyllic setting loses itsIn Deadly Thyme, Ruth has escaped a dangerous past and has rebuilt her life in the quaint English village, Cornwall. But the idyllic setting loses its charm when her daughter Annie goes missing while playing with her friend on the beach. Has Ruth's past caught up with her or is something far more sinister going on? Ruth struggles with whether or not she should come clean about her true identity, which could get her deported because, as an American citizen, she is living there illegally.
This mystery crime thriller had me by the throat from the very first pages and wouldn't let go. The panic Ruth feels when she can't find Annie is palpable in the first few chapters and the tension only grows from there as we get to see a cast of interesting characters. A cop, Jon Graham, who's undercover on another assignment is certain this other case won't interfere with his own, but he's soon sucked into Ruth's plight as she searches for her daughter. The narrator brings us into the points-of-view of various characters and moves smoothly from head to head, even bringing us into Annie's horror as she has to deal with a madman. A few twists and turns were thrown in along the way to a heart-pounding conclusion. Wild and absolutely intense, this is a must-read!...more
There’s no escaping the fact that mental health is a large part of our world. Have we learned from past mistakes? I certainly hope so. But with seniorThere’s no escaping the fact that mental health is a large part of our world. Have we learned from past mistakes? I certainly hope so. But with senior abuse in long-term care facilities and extreme shock therapy with Autistic kids, we still see elements of horror creeping into psychiatric care today. PHENOMENA takes us back in time when the disregard for undesirables in society was much more commonplace, and Tarr's unflinching pen captures the grit and ugliness flawlessly. Tarr writes from her heart on a subject she clearly knows well -- Historic New Zealand Mental Health. Although this is a work of fiction, its heart-wrenching drama is based on fact, and the fact that the main character was a real person, only makes it more chilling, sad and gripping. He is just 6 years old when he’s placed and abandoned in a mental asylum, and asylums of the past were ripe hubs for abuse, experimentation, and neglect of patients. Malcolm's mother has recently died, and his selfish father chooses his mistress over the boy’s welfare. And any relatives, who may have cared and been alarmed by his predicament, falsely believe he's gone with his dad to live in a new city. Like with a Child Called It, you just want to reach into the pages and help, but all you can do is wait breathlessly for a break or a ray of hope to shine on poor Malcolm. A truly unforgettable, moving read by an accomplished author. Check it out....more
The Guardian of Secrets is an epic saga that takes the reader on a vast historical journey. The story, the characters, the war, the sheer emotional deThe Guardian of Secrets is an epic saga that takes the reader on a vast historical journey. The story, the characters, the war, the sheer emotional depth all added a degree of gripping power I was not expecting. I’m not much of a fan of historical novels. They are, like, last on my list because my to-read pile is sky high. But this cover kept calling to me, and I'm so glad I bumped it up because it was such an enjoyable read. I was surprised to find it so engrossing and hard to put down, even during its quieter times. Celia assumes her life will be grand and happy when she marries Joseph Dobbs, but she soon discovers she’s married a brutal monster. I’m glad she had the strength and determination to flee and try to fight for safety and sanity. The characters are all well developed, and I especially liked that the villain made a formidable adversary for Celia because that only helped to further showcase her fortitude. This is definitely an author to keep tabs on. And now I know to jump on her next book much sooner....more