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Into the Arms of Madness: A Novel of Suspense [Kindle Edition]

Regina Pacelli
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Love ... With A Side Of Psycho! Just how well does anyone really know the one they love? In this heart-pounding psychological thriller, a newlywed's unusual obsession surfaces while on honeymoon.

Young newlyweds Todd and Bridget are very much in love -- soul mates, embarking on their dream of a happy-ever-after life together. There's nothing these two wouldn't do for each other. But then, Bridget learns bizarre and alarming things about Todd and sees an unbelievably frightening side of him; a side that he's felt he had no choice but to keep hidden from her until their honeymoon. Todd has high hopes and wants nothing more than for Bridget to understand and be part of his world.

As Bridget struggles whole-heartedly to put their future back on track, and their idyllic romance begins careening further and further out of control, the events that unfold will put their sanity and love for each other to the ultimate test.

In a struggle between love and madness, which one will prevail? "Into the Arms of Madness" is a perilous tale that will keep you locked in its embrace until the last page.

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From the Author

The spark of the idea for "Into the Arms of Madness" arose from a story my father told me about an arranged marriage where the daughter was speaking to her mother and saying, "but I don't know him.  I don't love him. How can I marry him?" and the mother replied, "it doesn't matter because no matter who you marry, you will find that the day after your wedding, you are married to a different person, that they have changed.  Love comes after."
The part about them being a different person became the basis for the story's opening.  It got me thinking and I ultimately began exploring what might happen to love (how unbreakable it is or is not) when someone learns things,  earth shattering things, they never realized about their soul mate, and whether love is stronger than fear or the shackles of mental illness.  The story grew organically from there into a love story and psychological thriller.  That originating spark is reflected in the book's first lines: "They say the morning after your wedding you wake up to a different person, someone who looks like the one you married, but who has begun to change in some subtle way.  You can't put your finger on it, but you can feel the difference just the same."

About the Author

Regina Pacelli is also the author of another book, "Outsmart the Unexpected: Grow Your Creativity the Edge-of-your-seat Way," a book of dilemmas (in story form) you need to find a way out of. She has a background in computer science and public administration.

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  • File Size: 4670 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478122919
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KKJ9HC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Brian
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A young man spends much of his time in a fantasy world, but falls in love in this world. As he has gotten older, the character Todd has become more at odds with reality and his fantasies have become darker. He can't tell when he is in his fantasy world and when he is in the real world. Now married to Todd, Bridget learns about her new husbands condition. She feels she is not being told everything. She suspects Todd may have actually committed murder during one of his "fantasies" and that he and his parents are covering it up. From this a nightmare reality forms forcing Bridget to decide just how much she trusts her love for Todd.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am a fan of the phrase “You never really know someone”, which this book takes to a whole new level. It is an excellent mix of all the different sides a person can have, some that we love, some we despise, and some that are truly terrifying. Into The Arms of Madness drew me in as you root for newlywed Bridget’s commitment to unconditional love, yet fear for her safety while she tries to manage her husband’s strange and scary illness. This is a fast-paced psychological thriller—that has a nice mix of horror too. While the read may be fictional, it leaves you contemplating love and relationships.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when I thought I had it all figured out I didn't! January 3, 2013
By Jasmine
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It's not often that I cannot figure out exactly where a story is heading but Regina Pacelli surprised me time and time again!

From the moment I started reading Into the Arms of Madness I literally did not put it down until I was completely finished which was just an hour before I had to get up and start my day!

This is an exceptionally well written book that will leave you fulfilled while begging for more. I definitely feel as if I got my monies worth...and then some.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This suspenseful little tale was quite an engrossing read! The Author delivers her story with a perfect blend of Mystery, strong, relatable characters, flowing dialogue and a unique plot that has you guessing all throughout the story the exact motives of not only the characters but, the author as well. I was pleasantly pleased with the fact that I could not put it down yet, it moved along seamlessly and quickly so I didn't have to.

The author provides her readers with an engaging plot that becomes quite thought provoking. How well do you really know a person? I feel that all people keep many aspects of themselves hidden from others. As much as you think you `know' someone else, in reality, you really only know what they `want' you to know. That is a simple fact.

I found the Flow of the dialogue to be excellent and engaging...with a natural tone to it. I found myself immersed in the vivid scenery and emotional entanglements as each scene progressed unto the next. This author knows her craft and it is brilliantly portrayed in the way this story unfolded.

For her first fiction book, Regina Pacelli effortlessly leaves a new reader with a Memorable `First Impression'. This new author certainly showcases her seasoned writing skills and creativity in a way that pulls the reader into her story by dropping subtle hints to keep you guessing laced with little tidbits to keep your curiosity peaked.

As Far as the `storyline' goes I really can't reveal too much because it would `spoil' it for new readers. I really liked `Bre' but, found myself thinking many times ... `What are you thinking girl?' ... I guess I'm just too seasoned in `real life' to be able to think I would ever stick around and await the insane, new hubby's surprises!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading! November 1, 2013
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What starts out us a heartwarming tale of a happy, newly married couple quickly careens out of control in wildly unexpected way. The author certainly delivers on her promise in this engaging novel. You may never look at your partner the same way again. Well worth owning this book. Recommended reading especially for newly engaged couples!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Thriller January 20, 2014
By Kerah13
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"Into the Arms of Madness" had something that a lot of thrillers don't have...a bit of romance thrown into the mix! It also had Regina Pacelli's feminine touch which shown through from the beginning. The novel is interesting from the get-go and like with any suspense novel worth its salt, I spent a lot of time wondering and speculating what would come next. Pacelli did not disappoint. Pacelli expertly develops the plot and kept the novel moving in a smooth, steady linear fashion. From the beginning we can tell that Todd and his family are a bit off, but we're not entirely sure how off he is. Pacelli leaves hints and clues all over the place for us to remember at the shocking reveal.

Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt like you didn't really know the other person as well as you thought? Bridget has no idea how well she does not know her husband, Todd. When we meet them, they have just gotten married and slowly and surely, Bridget is starting to realize that something is not right. Todd lives in two different worlds and Bridget starts to suspect that he may have committed murder while he was in his fantasy world.

After this novel, I'm not sure what I think about unconditional love anymore! I'm sure Bridget has changed her mind! This is an entertaining read for both men and women. I would definitely recommend this to women looking for a change of pace from their normal reading or looking to get into suspense/thrillers from another genre.

Well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!
I was a little skeptical about reading this book after looking over some of the reviews, however I am glad that the negative reviews intrigued me into giving it a try. Read more
Published 14 days ago by MeBerri
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and compelling romantic thriller
“Into the Arms of Madness” is a terrifying ride into a deep, dark form of mental illness. Regina Pacelli has developed a book that draws the reader deep in, causing the reader to... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jeff B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This was a really unique book centering around Todd and the way the book has been portrayed really evoked deep emotions in me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jen C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Most engaging and flawless book I've read lately
I've just finished reading this book, after purchasing it 36 hours ago. I just wasn't able to stop reading it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by JNM
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok not great, a quick read
there were many grammatical errors. A very predictable plot, it was somewhat believable, which is why the three star rating. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ariel
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Lord was this book a rare find!
Being a BIG romance novel fan, I was certainly not prepared for this take on happy ever after. This book is part romance, part suspense and part horror which is all the things... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liliana Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it fast and loved it.
‘Into the Arms of Madness’ has such an irksome premise—it furthers my resolve to never be married! Bridget’s discovery that Todd (her new husband) has some serious issues, left me... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Becca Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful Read
Into the Arms of Madness by Regina Pacelli was a suspenseful piece of work. The different aspects that the story touch on are all pretty crazy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daryl Rockson
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?!!?
Suspense? I don't think so. Written by a twelve year old? Likely. The crazy family who supported him would have had much more interest than Tod. And the heroine? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Codey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspense
Really entertaining book. Unexpected turns throughout. I kept questioning exactly what the situation going on was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TVen
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More About the Author

Regina Pacelli is the author of three books, a suspense-thriller, "Into the Arms of Madness" that has a twist of the bizarre in it, and two creative thinking books: "Outsmart the Unexpected: Grow Your Creativity the Edge-of-your-seat Way," a book of dilemmas (in story form) you need to find a way out of, and "Whole Lotta Creativity Going On", a book of 60 fun and usual creativity boosting exercises. She has a background in computer science and public administration.

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