Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

20 Jun

Children of the FogChildren of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let’s start with the summary:

Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die.

Sadie O’Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn’t just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It’s the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can’t tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in “little bloody pieces”.

When Sadie’s unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie’s descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son–a man known only as…The Fog.

There are so many great things about this story. When Sadie had to make a decision to let this man take her son away I read in agony. A monster is holding her precious boy in his arms, a gun to his head. Sadie has already tried to fight him, over-power him and take Sam back but she isn’t physically strong enough. She can’t take the gun aimed at her son out of the picture either. What a terrible choice to make even though it’s not much of one anyway.
Since she has seen his face, she is threatened by the kidnapper. If he sees a description of him anywhere, he will send pieces of Sam back to her.

Sadie is a sober alcoholic. Sober almost seven years but her jerk of a husband accuses her of causing the kidnapping through neglect while drunk. She can’t tell anyone what really happened because she would be compelled to describe the kidnapper. She is guilt-ridden by her choices and desperate to get Sam back. Enter cheating spouse who finds a drawing she did of him and suddenly she is the bad guy.
Maligned in the press for withholding crucial information, taunted by her husband and falling apart she finds understanding with the lead detective on the case. This is not a budding romance kinda thing that you see in most suspense where the heroine falls for the hero. I liked it that way, there was just too much pain and fear in this story to include a budding romance.

There is enough info in the summary for you to guess how things progress but you wont guess what happens. This wasn’t predictable and I ate it up.

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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Review, Squee, Thriller


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