Title: The Fear of Things to Come
Author: Kathryne Arnold
Format: Paperback / eBook
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Series: Samantha Clark Mysteries # 2
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About the Book:
The DSM. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A voluminous, invaluable tool used by psychotherapists the world over to diagnose individuals with mental illness. Referenced by Samantha Clark countless times throughout her career, never suspecting that one day it would save her life. Samantha receives a seemingly innocent but anonymous letter, and overnight her world changes forever. She becomes a victim in a frightening game of cat-and-mouse, a nightmare that begins when her boyfriend, Todd, fails to return to the wellness retreat they own in the woods of Florida. Working closely with police, Samantha and two trusted friends discover that Todd’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders occurring in a nearby county. They soon find themselves prey to a mentally ill patient from Samantha’s past, bent on revenge. With time bearing down, they must weave together the clues found in a succession of ominous letters and the DSM to save Todd. Their mission to unravel the mystery behind the kidnapping plunges them into a terrifying maze of danger, deception, and madness.
The second in the series, but completely capable of being read as a stand-alone book, The Fear of Things to Come is a roller coaster ride of twists, turns and psychological gamesmanship. Arnold has managed to maintain a level of tension, while providing an easy to follow, if not always comfortable to read story that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the end. Incorporating several violent scenes, rough language and a graphically defined and described portrait of dysfunction in the psychological sense as she presents thought patterns and behaviors that clearly detail these tendencies, this is a story that works on many levels to engage, shock, and even spin the reader off in several directions as they turn pages to get to the end – hoping for justice and resolution.
Samantha is a well-defined character, her passion for her work and love, and the pain and confusion are all clearly shown and felt. Donnie is the thing that nightmares are made of: obsessive in his hatreds, cruel in his enjoyments, dangerously deranged and surprisingly well portrayed, with a solid sense of ‘his’ reasons for actions that, while not creating someone to empathize with, certainly creating one that is intriguing to watch: like an ant on the sidewalk.
While the book does start fairly slow, providing background and information, it is not to be missed: it provides background that makes the rest of the story fit together in that curious puzzle piece way, and the story does pick up in tension and action thereafter – and continues at near breakneck pace to the end. This is not a story for readers who are put off by violence or language, although both DO suit the story and are not gratuitously used. Many readers, myself included, needed to just put the book down to process the story and relieve tension, but it called to me every time and was read through in one afternoon-evening with tiny breaks. As a psychological thriller – this is one of the best I have read to date, and my favorite of the series.
I received a paperback copy of this book 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.