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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Book Review - The Fear Of Things To Come by Kathryne Arnold

Book Review 
The Fear Of Things To Come
by Kathryne Arnold

About the Author
Author Kathryne Arnold
I was raised in the northeastern United States, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and resided in a half-dozen homes or towns throughout my growing up years. My father was a reverend with a flourishing career, moving the family to various parishes as his calling dictated, which I view in a positive light as I was exposed to different communities and lifestyles. After graduating from high school at the age of seventeen, I moved with my father to Massachusetts.

Thrilled to begin college in New England, I jumped in with both feet and managed to excel in biological and psychological studies upon which I secured my very first "real" job as a Senior Psychiatric Counselor at a group home for adults with mental illness. Wanting to further my learning, I attended Suffolk University in Beacon Hill in Boston, and graduated two years later, obtaining a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Relations.   Over the next twenty years I concentrated further on my work in counseling and social services and became a licensed practitioner.

Several years ago, due to a deep longing to express my feelings in an alternative manner, I literally sat down one day and began writing my first novel. The resultant book, The Resurrection of Hannah, had been born out of a series of powerful dreams, along with compelling and coexisting experiences that inspired me to create a story that would capture the strength of my emotions. I had a yearning to shape a tale based around individuals in my life that I believed would make engaging characters. I had a strong desire to experience a higher level of creativity, to literally produce something out of nothing- a fascinating and challenging endeavor I could not ignore. It was during this time that I became a clinical hypnotherapist and a nationally certified counselor, as well as starting a private practice as a psychotherapist.   I also decided to move back to friends and family in Florida and worked again at the local Hospice, then more recently in community mental health. Once bitten by the writing bug, I could not help but pen my second work of fiction, The Fear of Things to Come. I am now in the process of writing another novel in what I consider a unique collection of adventure stories, the third in the Samantha Clark Mystery Series.

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Book Description
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.

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Our Book Review

An excellent psychological thriller written in a simplistic language and a plot that is well thought out and easy to follow.

As soon as I picked up the novel and starting reading it i could not put it down as the author had got me hooked and the only disappointment was the time it took to read, it was over too quickly.  An excellent and enjoyable read.

When her lover goes missing and does not return, Samantha's world is turned upside down when she starts receiving strange letters.

With the help of her close friends and the police she is taken on a ride of turbulent emotions which takes her to her past life to find the answer to her nightmare.

The author has used her experience in counselling psychology to create an excellent range of characters whose actions and emotions are truly believable.

As the reader you feel as if you an invisible entity at the back of each situation and you want to reach out and be involved .

The range of emotions throughout the story that you feel change with which characters you are following. Again showing the authors experience and expertise in a very complicated area of human nature.

I found this book very intriguing and had me enthralled from page one.  An excellent thriller which is highly charged in people's emotions and what motives the way certain human beings behave and act.  Also there is a message hidden in the book that if you give someone a chance that they can change.

Anyone who enjoys an easy to follow thriller with an excellent storyline must pick up this book and read it.

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Sharon x

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  1. I love a good psychological thriller! I was a social work major and took a lot of psych classes. I swear I knew someone with every diagnosis! lol Sounds like a great read!

  2. I love the thriller genre. This sounds like something I would really enjoy reading! I love books that keep me on the edge of my seat which this sounds like it would.

  3. Never heard of this book but it sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Sharon,
    I am so pleased with for the excellent, well thought out and descriptive review of my second novel, The Fear of Things to Come. I enjoyed reading all of the detailed and positive comments about the book, knowing that it gives potential readers a real idea of what to expect. You are very professional, efficient and helpful every time I've had contact with you, so I've really enjoyed getting to know you and the high quality reviews and promotional work that you provide.
    Kathryne Arnold


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