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Children of the Fog [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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* International & National Bestseller with over 80,000 copies sold worldwide
* A Top 100 Paid Best Seller on Amazon
* #4 in Amazon Top 100 Paid Best Sellers
* Top 100 Bestseller in Thrillers, Suspense, Horror, Paranormal, Occult, Ghosts
* #1 Horror, #1 Occult, #1 Ghosts

YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION: Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. Choose!

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.

***CHILDREN OF THE FOG has a unique tie-in to Tardif`s newest thriller, SUBMERGED.

Editorial Reviews:

"A chilling and tense journey into every parent's deepest fear." ―Scott Nicholson, The Red Church

"A nightmarish thriller with a ghostly twist, CHILDREN OF THE FOG will keep you awake...and turning pages!" ―Amanda Stevens, author of The Restorer

"Reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, Cheryl Kaye Tardif weaves a tale of terror that will have you rushing to check on your children as they sleep. With exquisite prose, Children of the Fog captures you the moment you begin and doesn't let go until the very end." ―bestselling author Danielle Q. Lee, author of Inhuman

"Ripe with engaging twists and turns reminiscent of the work of James Patterson, Tardif once again tugs at the most inflexible of heartstrings…Children of the Fog possesses you from the touching beginning through to the riveting climax." ―Kelly Komm, author of Sacrifice, an award-winning fantasy

Editorial Reviews


"A chilling and tense journey into every parent's deepest fear." --Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

"A nightmarish thriller with a ghostly twist, CHILDREN OF THE FOG will keep you awake...and turning pages!" --Amanda Stevens, author of The Restorer

"Reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, Cheryl Kaye Tardif weaves a tale of terror that will have you rushing to check on your children as they sleep."  --bestselling author Danielle Q. Lee, author of Inhuman

"Ripe with engaging twists and turns reminiscent of the work of James Patterson...Children of the Fog possesses you..."  --Kelly Komm, author of Sacrifice, an award-winning fantasy

About the Author

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling Canadian suspense author. Her novels include Submerged, Divine Justice, Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, and Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls "a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart...a beautiful, haunting novel."
She is now working on her next thriller.
Cheryl also enjoys writing short stories inspired mainly by her author idol Stephen King, and this has resulted in Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (collection of shorts) and Remote Control (novelette eBook).
In 2010 Cheryl detoured into the romance genre with her contemporary romantic suspense debut, Lancelot's Lady, written under the pen name of Cherish D'Angelo.
Booklist raves, "Tardif, already a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border."
Cheryl's website:
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You can also find Cheryl Kaye Tardif on Facebook, Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThing, plus other social networks.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1201 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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154 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Creepy Good Novel April 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the wonderful things about my Kindle is that it has allowed me to discover some really good writers, like Cheryl Kaye Tardif, who I'm pretty sure I would never have discovered while browsing through my local Borders and B&N stores down here in Florida. What a shame that would have been because I just love Children of the Fog! This is one of those creepy mysteries with a paranormal element, that beacons back to the style found in early Twilight Zone episodes. Ms Tardif knows how to tell a good, fast moving story, with interesting characters, witty dialog and that eerie twist that leaves you wanting to keep the pages turning, long after bedtime.

Great book, great writer.....great things to come!
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheryl Kaye Tardiff is a Sorceress! July 14, 2011
Writing mystery thrillers is risky for novelists: how do you take the reader to the edge of belief/disbelief and still keep the momentum of the story intact? Cheryl Kaye Tardiff has the technique down pat - she establishes characters who are completely human, both 'good characters' and 'bad characters', stays startlingly away from tropes and droids, and gives us people pushed to the extremes of behavior all the while allowing the reader to understand motivation and the fragility of human nature. It is a gift: too often suspense thrillers are written with the demons and victims so stamped in place that the results become predictable. But not here.

Tardiff makes her protagonist a woman successful in career as well as mothering, but she wisely pastes a history of alcoholism on the otherwise exemplary Sadie that leaves open windows to responding like an addict - a very humanistic flaw that makes us believe in her coming actions. Her young son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor but the kidnapping is only the surface of the evil that is threatened: Sadie can identify the kidnapper but seeking help from authorities will only result in the dismemberment of Sam. It is this point of tenuous grasp on sanity that is complicated by her wandering husband's act of threatening proportions and Sadie's own fragility of coping that derives this novel to a terrifying journey of an ending.

There are many aspects of Tardiff's story that will register with the reader - kidnapping of a child, an adulterous spouse, a struggle with the ongoing disease of alcoholism, the decisions we make under stress, the fear of the unknown becoming a torturous known - and with Tardiff's gifts for defining characters completely, all of these crises are handled with intelligence and skill. This is the work of an author who understands this genre. What she creates between the covers of this well designed book is a type of sorcery - and that is a compliment! Grady Harp, July 11
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!! July 7, 2011
Cheryl Kaye Tardif drew me into her novel, Children of the Fog, from the epilogue and kept my attention until the last page.
Sadie is the loving mother of Sam. When she catches the kidnapper who has been making headlines in the paper in her son's bedroom, she is faced with a decision to watch the man murder her son before her own eyes or let him take Sam. Sadie lets Sam go. Now every decision that she makes from that point on is to protect her son with the goal of getting him back safely, but it all seems to be putting Sam in further danger.
Other complications including Sadie's failing marriage, a decomposing friendship and Sadie's own alcoholism. All of this proves to be too much for Sadie and she spirals into a sea of depression and she is no longer able to trust herself when she starts to see unexplained thing.
I was already thrilled with the story line in the middle of the novel, but Tardif was not done delivering more suspense with cleverly inserted lessons life. Every turn of the page exceeded my expectations and led me to a ending that came as a complete surprise.
I would recommend Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif to anyone. Really. This is not only for suspense lovers. If you read The Lovely Bones and liked it, you can not pass this one up.
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111 of 128 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER! March 17, 2012
By Raylene
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Reasons why I hate protagonist:
Husband doesn't want kids so she goes off the pill.
Husband cheats on her twice before she gets pregnant with son but she keeps trying to get pregnant.
She debates about whether she'll divorce husband because kidnapped son may come back but has no problem deciding to leave the home son may come back to.
She decides to kill herself and almost instantly seems to feel better and makes new friends. This lasts for weeks and she still goes as far as pulling the trigger.
She forgives her friend for cheating with her husband and apparently witnessing the event that caused the son to not speak for 3 years but never telling her.
She is working on forgiving her husband for cheating on her and apparently for so traumatizing their son that he doesn't speak for 3 years.
Holes in the story:
There is little or no clue for 90% of book that there maybe any paranormal/supernatural plot development.
She drives off in a random direction and somehow ends up in Godforsaken Nowhere living right across the river from kidnapper.
She pulls the trigger, nothing happens, the kids get her to follow them into the forest and somehow the gun is back in its box under the bed when the kidnapper has her tied up in her room. I guess we just didn't hear about her stopping and putting it away before going on her little adventure with the kids. Convenient.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller!!!
This is the first book I've read by this author. Great characters, fast paced, exciting, I read it in one day!
Published 2 days ago by Janice Brents
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a good read and kept me wanting to turn the page. A parent's worst fear for sure. A few parts were a little corny but all and all I really enjoyed.
Published 27 days ago by tosha
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read,but not a must read
Just an okay book. Very simplistic and predictable. I read at least two books a week, definitely not one of my favorites.
Published 1 month ago by Ronda Joiner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If you liked the Lovely Bones you will like this paranormal/supernatural story involving, kidnapped children, murder and infidelity.
Published 1 month ago by Jean Cogdell
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
Very good book! Will be reading more from this author!
Published 1 month ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars A very intense, heartfelt read.
Keeps you guessing. A thrill ride. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, took a chance and loved. Takes your emotions for a ride.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Cahill
5.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected but WOW
The title alone was intriguing and the only reason I picked it up. Thought it would be something else and was so surprised that is wasn't but yet I loved it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Schulz
5.0 out of 5 stars Flutterbye
I loved this book. It was so hard to put down. Now that I'm done, I want to know what happens next... Read it. You'll love it.
Published 1 month ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I thought this book deserved 5 stars because it was a page turner for me right from the beginning! I liked the characters and liked the story line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oldtimer
5.0 out of 5 stars A whopping good story
I felt this was an exciting tale, full of mysteries and spirits. It was fascinating throughout and refused to be put down until it was finished.
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Dear reader:

I'm an international bestselling Canadian author who loves to say, "I kill people off for a living!" You can imagine the looks I get from people. Sometimes I'll tell them, "Fictitiously, of course. I'm an author." Sometimes I won't say anything; I'll let them wonder...

Booklist calls me "a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border."

Born in Vancouver, BC, I was a "military brat" and a "military wife" who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. I now reside in Edmonton, AB, with my husband Marc and our Pomeranian Princess, Chai.

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Erica Spellman-Silverman
Trident Media Group
41 Madison Avenue, Floor 36
New York, NY 10010

Ph: 212-333-1506

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a major issue with this book--spoilers
interesting. i hadn't even thought about that, but then this would be Canadian laws and i really don't know much about their system.
Sep 20, 2012 by ferri |  See all 3 posts
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Not only did I find this book to be an exceptionally well-written horror/paranormal/thriller, but I found it very touching in a strange way, perhaps as a mother myself. Excellent!
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