Title: The Resurrection of Hannah
Author: Kathryne Arnold
Format: Hardcover / Paperback / Kindle
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Series: Samantha Clark Mysteries # 1
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About the Book:
Samantha Clark is fast approaching a crossroads in her life, she just doesn’t know it yet. In her late thirties, single, and caught up in the hustle of everyday life, she is disenchanted with her predictable lifestyle as a psychotherapist on the west coast of Florida. “Sammi” begins to experience troubling physical symptoms and turns to alternative medicine in her quest for answers. Through experimentation and curiosity, startling events begin to unfold, revealing a dream world where she becomes transfixed by an overpowering spiritual connection. This unlikely teacher shows Sammi how to move beyond her physical self, to be open to other levels of existence, to break free from the emotional bonds that hold her back. As an exciting relationship blossoms in her present life, Sammi stumbles upon a centuries-old past, forcing her to examine personal beliefs as she struggles to stay adrift in both worlds. Held spellbound by her extraordinary history, she retraces her past life, discovering that it holds the key to her current dilemmas. She soon becomes entangled in a mysterious murder from which there is no turning back. Sammi must now solve the crime in order to cut the cord that binds her to a long-ago past, freeing her at last to live fully in the present. Kathryne Arnold has interweaved themes of the paranormal with the current realities of everyday life, creating a complexly rich psychological tale. The Resurrection of Hannah is an unforgettable story of self-discovery, friendship, love beyond time and the resiliency of the human spirit.
The concept of synchronicity has an effect on every aspect of our lives, and Samantha’s story and characterization are an example of this. Introducing this concept, and setting the stage for other spiritual and metaphysical ruminations, Arnold prefaces the first chapter with a quote from Wordsworth: “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.” This sets the stage for multiple plot points to weave through the story as it progresses.
Samantha is a solid and very likable character, easy to bond with and presents a solid center for the story. Through describing dreams about an old mystery from 1800’s New England, as she learns to let go of her more ‘western’ sensibilities and be open to experiences, a murder is uncovered and needs solving. The mixing of past and present, reaffirming personal growth and offering several different avenues of exploration, Arnold manages to present a gripping story that becomes both a page turner and a journey of self-discovery.
I did truly enjoy this debut offering, and found Ms. Arnold’s style to be very descriptive and detailed. I did wish for more showing to draw the reader into the center of the action, I believe the tension and immediacy to solve the mystery would have had a stronger emotional impact with that small change. All in all, however, this was a cleverly told, well-paced and characterized debut novel from a new writer to watch in the mystery / thriller / suspense genre.
I received a paper copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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About the Author:
Kathryne J. Arnold holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology, is a licensed mental health therapist and a nationally certified clinical hypnotherapist. Ms. Arnold provides full-time therapy services at an outpatient counseling program in Tampa, FL, as well as seeing clients privately in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Her extensive knowledge of the human experience, garnered from more than two decades in the mental health and social services fields, is reflected in The Resurrection of Hannah, her debut novel.
Kathryne’s second book in the Samantha Clark Mystery Series, The Fear of Things to Come, was published in 2012. She is currently working on her third book in the trilogy featuring the same protagonist as she moves through unexpected life adventures. Ms. Arnold also writes blogs with a candid, distinctive perspective, sharing personal experiences and her take on events that touch us all. She keeps busy with scheduled ongoing book appearances in the Tampa Bay area, including author radio interviews. Ms. Arnold lives on the water in sunny Clearwater, Florida, with Zoe, her toy poodle muse.