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

Regina Pacelli
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Love ... With A Dash Of Psycho! In this heart-pounding thriller, a newlywed skates out onto thin ice when she confronts madness and family secrets head on.

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
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KKJ9HC
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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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16 of 16 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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15 of 15 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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15 of 15 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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18 of 19 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Happens When You Find Out He's Not Mr. Perfect? August 31, 2013
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Bre thought she was marrying a great guy. But she got some weird vibes from Todd's family at their wedding. And on their wedding night Todd reveals some very disturbing information about himself. And then Todd's family shows up to explain what's going on. It seems as though Todd has a history of long term mental health issues that Bre was unaware of, and his family encourages her to play along with his "fantasies". But as the story progresses you find out just how dangerous it can be to ignore symptoms of a serious illness.
I really enjoyed this book. The story was well laid out, and you could see just how different families with individuals who are mentally ill deal with their family members illness. If you want a quick suspenseful read check out this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful read December 21, 2013
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I think this book really drives home the question – How well do you really know someone?

We’ve all seen family and friends of the insane and criminals say how normal the person seemed. Then we have those who go into denial about a loved one or friend’s acts.

I think the above ties into this book.

When the story begins all seems fairly normal. Todd shares some information with his new wife on their honeymoon. One thing is stated in front of his parents and others to his wife. When Todd is out the parents contradict what was said earlier. This of course left me wondering who is telling the truth?

Then came little comments and events sporadically through the book where it is evident that his newlywed wife (Bridget) is weighing back and forth if he was telling the truth.

I’m going to say- straight out- this is a creepy story. But- I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. It also reminded me very much about how well do you really know someone?

I’m going with a five star rating because the story was highly creepy. I give the author credit for going out on a limb with the story and managing to create a story that kept me guessing all the way through it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting depiction of madness
I received this book as part of a Member Giveaway from LibraryThing. I liked the writer's style, the pace was fast, and I read the book i one sitting as the suspense was gripping. Read more
Published 1 day ago by calicocat
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced page turner
kept me guessing and wondering what the outcome would be. A great little weekend read. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a quick thrilling read.
Published 18 days ago by pamela burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Mystery Suspense Thriller!
Into the Arms of Madness is a harrowing tale of madness and intrigue. It begins with a wedding. Todd and Bridget celebrate their lovely wedding and get ready to begin a happy life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ally McMahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and creative
What an amazingly suspenseful book! While I read it I was at the edge of my seat, and I thought about people in my life and how much I really knew about them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Well it sure is different
I don't want to say what's different to spoil another readers enjoyment, but it was too over the top for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tehya
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I enjoyed this book; there were a lot of twists and turns. I started to pick up clues right away that I thought were leading to the climax of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits you out of the blue
So I knew going into the book that this was going to be suspenseful and that the set up with the main characters going to a cabin for their honeymoon spelled bad luck. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joshua Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique suspense novel that keeps you guessing!
Regina Pacelli takes us deep “Into the Arms of Madness” with this edge of your seat suspense novel. Well-crafted and finely tuned, this book disturbed me more than once and left... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing
This book was a real thriller. Todd is a man stuck in his fantasy world and the real world, unable to separate them at times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me from page 1
I was drawn into this book immediately. I love a good suspense novel, and this book was no disappointment. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rachel Graham
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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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