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

Regina Pacelli
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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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  • Language: English
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16 of 17 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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13 of 14 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Lord was this book a rare find! November 10, 2014
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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 that I would never have placed together on my to-read list. Yet here I am, one psycho adventure later marveling at what a stunningly written book “Into the Arms of Madness” is. The story line follows the romance of newlyweds Todd and Bridget as they deal with the long hidden fantasy world that Todd is deeply entrenched in. Struggling to separate what is real and what is fantasy, Bridget has to deal with the likelihood that Todd may be hiding a murder that he committed in his fantasies. All the while, Todd has hidden his secret proclivities up until the honeymoon and has to deal with how to get his wife’s understanding and draw her into his world. This book is so left field from the typical lovey dovey romance novel yet it deals with the same core issues that we can all relate to, how far will one go for love’s sake and does love truly conquer all?
As you read the book you are struck by the different facets of the characters, both the good and the downright ugly which underline the fact that people are never totally honourable or bad; but rather are a mix of characteristics that test your ability to love them even when you see their ugly side. I found myself willing Bridget to keep believing in the strength of their love yet at the same time, I could not predict which way the plot would twist so I couldn't totally believe in Todd myself. I kept vacillating between wanting her to keep trusting in Todd and wishing I could yank her out of the whole situation all together. The author truly had me going until the very end.
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique suspense novel that keeps you guessing! March 16, 2014
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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 me questioning what was really going on.

Bridget and Todd, happy newlyweds, head to a secluded cabin owned and maintained by one of Todd’s friends to enjoy their honeymoon. Everything is perfect, the wedding – while a bit stiff with members of his family, was beautiful. The wedding night superb. This cabin honeymoon should be everything that a honeymoon should be. How could it not be? A freshly stocked refrigerator, fresh flowers in the bedrooms – it is an oasis of perfection for those wishing to embrace their love.

Still flush with the rose of love, Bridget ignores the twinges of unease that pass her way when small, out of place, things are noticed. That flush, that smile can’t hold up when those small things become huge and their honeymoon takes a detour to the truly bizarre – and then out right terrifying.

Fast paced and exciting, Pacelli kept me reading past my bedtime. I really enjoyed “Into the Arms of Madness”- the psychological dissonance of that is real, what might be imagined and a strange sort of familial acceptance is unique and thought provoking.
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5 of 6 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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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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