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Children of the Fog [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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  • International & National Bestseller with over 70,000 copies sold worldwide
  • A Top 100 Paid Best Seller on Amazon
  • #4 in Amazon Top 100 Paid Best Sellers (overall in March 2012)
  • 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, 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: 1189 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (November 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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145 of 154 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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94 of 100 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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80 of 85 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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102 of 118 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story, but depressing
I was not a huge fan of this book. It was written well enough, and the story was compelling enough that I read through to the end, but it was just so depressing! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Susan H
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool story in Canada!
Love the story based in the Canadian Rockies. Very well done! Kept me intrigued! Many places I have visited and to have this author write about this country is great!
Published 15 days ago by John D. Van Damme
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
It did keep my interest and had a few surprises. I liked the characters although the evil character was too one dimensional. Still a good book to read.
Published 18 days ago by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Not exactly one for the ages, but still a good read. I like books like this for long flights. I would consider others by this author.
Published 27 days ago by Eric H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hook, great characterization
Cheryl Kaye Tardif writes a great character. Sadie is flawed, she thinks illogically, she doesn't always stand up for herself but she loves her son with great passion, she tries... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Susan T. Hawthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Loved the book. Kept you wondering until the end. Liked the suspense and the story line. Would recommend to others.
Published 1 month ago by Vicky Gallentine
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing .
Interesting but a little difficult to follow at times. I wasn't sure I was on the same page with the author. Despite this, I had to keep reading. Her ending caught me by surprise.
Published 1 month ago by Melody Chadsey
5.0 out of 5 stars wow !!!!
I'd like to say I read a lot a book in one to two days this book was a real pleasure to read I caught myself smiling and crying and its so sad that people do go missing and this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle baldwin
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!!
It started out okay, but got tedious and monotonous after the first few chapters...I skimmed my way through the last third of the book just to end it.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kissy
1.0 out of 5 stars Uhgggg. Whine whine whine
I just can't stand the cliche. Woman marries man has a kid dumps her husband for kid. Husbands cheats woman wonders why.... The heroine of this book is a self absorbed pain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tj67
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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...

Submerged, my latest novel, is a psychological suspense thriller with a hint of supernatural, and it promises to leave you breathless. But I am probably best known for Children of the Fog, a supernatural suspense thriller that has sold over 60,000 copies and made Amazon's Top 100 bestsellers list (#4 in overall list) multiple times out of nearly 2 million ebooks; and Whale Song, a much-loved, inspiring family tale with a hint of mystery, which is now available in its third edition--plus a school edition with a discussion guide.

Whale Song, an emotional mystery that explores controversial issues like assisted suicide, school bullies and racism, has captured the attention of numerous film companies. A screenplay, which I wrote with co-writer Alison Neuman, was completed in 2006, along with a movie treatment. I'm pursuing possible film deals for many of my books. And sometimes when I think of a movie deal, I smell buttered popcorn.

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

In September 2005, my gripping action-packed techno-thriller The River was released. This well-researched novel explores the mysterious Nahanni River area, nanotechnology and man's obsession with longevity. The River has been compared to works by Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Dan Brown.

I'm also the author of the 2004 "sizzling psychic suspense" Divine Intervention, a 'psi-fi' suspense thriller (or paranormal romance) that has been compared to works by authors such as Iris Johansen, Kay Hooper and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb's 'In Death' series. Divine Justice, the second in the Divine mystery series, was also released in 2011.

In 2009, I branched off into romance with my debut romantic suspense Lancelot's Lady. Since romance is a different genre from my usual suspense/thrillers and YA, I wrote Lancelot's Lady under the pen name of Cherish D'Angelo. Lancelot's Lady was a semi-finalist in the Dorchester Publishing Next Best Celler contest hosted by Textnovel. It also won an Editor's Choice award from Textnovel in 2010.

A novelette of suspense titled Remote Control was released in ebook edition in July 2010; and a collection of stories titled Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories in August 2010.

In 2006, I participated in a hilarious new TV series 'A Total Write-Off', hosted by comedian Barbara North. In 2004, I was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award. In 2003, I wrote a public service announcement for a racial harmony campaign. My PSA script, One Voice ~ One World, placed third and was produced and aired on cable channels in Alberta.

I have not only held hundreds of book signings, I have also organized multi-author signings, held virtual book tours and other online events, and I've taught others how to promote their books. My book How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks is the #1 Marketing book specifically designed for Amazon's KDP Select program.

I've been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations in Canada and the US, and I've been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines in both countries.

I'm also the publisher at Imajin Books, a venture that is dear to my heart. Imajin Books publishes quality international fiction at affordable prices, with a focus on ebooks.

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.
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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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