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Mystery: WITHERINGS (Mystery Thriller Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

A.R. Khan
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description


“Twenty-eight minutes ago I found out that I was dying. Two minutes later, I invited the only suspect in my wife's disappearance to move in with me.”

Packed with extreme suspense and intense psychological tension, Witherings tells the dark story, in real-time, of a dying, deteriorating, middle-aged man who devotes the remaining hours of his life on a “nothing to lose” mission. A.R. Khan masterfully pins the reader to the wall and doesn't let go until the last three words of the final chapter.

Arthur McQueen is forty-nine years old, married, and counting down the hours to his inevitable death from brain cancer. After learning his cancer has progressed to stage IV, he invites the only suspect in his wife’s disappearance to move in with him. With a desperate desire to seek the truth about her disappearance, a plan in place, and a nothing to lose attitude, Arthur quickly realizes that his rapidly deteriorating health is becoming an obstacle. This mystery thriller is sure to become a classic.

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About the Author

A.R. Khan is an independent author living in Alberta, Canada.

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  • Print Length: 296 pages
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  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! July 16, 2014
By MoJa
Format:Kindle Edition
I started this book on Friday night and I was trapped in it the rest of the weekend. I cancelled appointment with friends for just reading this book. I agree to the other reader that this book is for mature readers, who have as much life experiences as the author. This is a very intense story and paced fast. Reading this book had me like riding on a rolla coaster. I couldn't catch a breath until the last few words of the book. Very well written book! You would be surprised what could a man do at on his ‘deadline’.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Psychological Thriller! July 31, 2014
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Withering is an amazing, fast paced psychological thriller! A middle aged man's wife disappears and Arthur is desperate to solve the mystery as he is in the 4th stages of brain cancer.

The story is unpredictable and you won't know the ending until the end!

By far, the best book I have read this summer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense August 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Arthur finds out he is dying of brain cancer. He invites the primary suspect in his wife's disappearance to move in with him, a seemingly eccentric action, but in his mind it is rational as he seeks answers and revenge. Arthur's illness is progressing rapidly. Not only is he becoming physically deblilitated, his mind may be fooling him. But Arthur is desperate, determined. He finds clues. Are they really clues? Time is running out; his compulsion will not let him stop.

Rose is Arthur's next door neighbor, a woman who has had a difficult life, a woman he has come to love. She has devoted much of her life to cultivating and nurturing a rare -- in fact, the only one remaining, -- exotic plant named the Witherings.

You begin reading this novel (admittedly dark) and your curiosity keeps you reading. You want to know what is going to happen next in this action intense story. The plot is skillfully developed; the story is filled with challenges and obstacles the protagonist must overcome.

A.R. Khan has created a cast of intriguing characters. Arthur is an original who is consumed by a compulsive drive for revenge. But humanity lies deeply in his being. An especially nice touch is the symbolism of the Witherings, which underlies the story. Do you not think so? Reviewed by the author of the Children's Story, About Good and Evil.

PS: one characteristic I find in novels lately (and in this one) is a tendency to include in a scene unnecessay detail. This is only a minor 'detail' that does not detract from the reading of this entertaining novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning pace! August 8, 2014
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From the moment you begin reading Witherings, you have to hold on tight. It starts out curiously, oddly, somewhat sadly. And before you know it, you are asking yourself what this guy has gotten himself into. It bounces you back and forth between wondering if he is truly remembering facts or if his cancer is causing hallucinations and exaggerations that play with his memories. It will take you around so many twists and turns trying to solve the obsession of what happened to his assumed dead wife. The protagonist is a terminally ill man struggling to find the answers he desperately feels he needs to live or die peacefully. The antagonist has been his psychological patient for two years, a surgeon with issues that have cost him his ability to perform surgeries.

Through the entire book you will be turning pages trying to figure out the deepening puzzles and clues the increasingly mad patient offers the doctor as he continues to struggle with end stage IV brain cancer to answer the many questions he has about his wife.

The book is an excellent red. It reminds us that fate may write our story but we choose the path we walk. Only we decide the who, what, where, when and why. We write our story. Throughout the book the doctor tells us the ten rules of life that his father taught him. Each one of us would do well in life to learn these 10 "suggestions" to guide us as we walk our own paths. It's a story with a lot going on. You'll enjoy it if you like your books with a little bit more than a story. Keep on reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sensational Psychological Thriller! July 21, 2014
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I knew what the subject matter was before I began reading, but I was not prepared for the "thrill ride" that this book became. I am never afraid to feel when I am watching a movie or reading a book as some are. I did not find the book depressing. I found it to be exhilarating.

Each chapter led me further and further into the devious plan of the main character. I never could predict what was going to happen next. I was very saddened by his ongoing deterioration as the novel progressed. Also, I was never really sure whether what was happening was reality or delusion. This was very entertaining.

There was NOTHING predictable about this book. I had no idea how it was going to end and I loved that. As long as you are aware about what you are getting into I know you will enjoy this book.

Mr. Khan has a wonderful grasp of character development, plot, and dialog. He uses short, spare strokes (as well as some long, full ones) to paint his novel in brilliant colors.

This book has my highest recommendation. It is sensational.

--Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars and the rules to live by are like stale bread
This is about a man dying of brain cancer, so kind of depressing. Badly written, not believable, and the rules to live by
are like stale bread. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Athulya3
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 3 months ago by christina
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Tad too strange for my liking but rather an interesting read. Not for everybody.
Published 3 months ago by Ann Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Withering will have you hooked from the beginning chapter. A.R. Khan has a Witty and bizarre way of writing. Excellent.
Published 3 months ago by Velva Fletcher
1.0 out of 5 stars No Stars.
That was the worst written book I have read. Totally confusing and constant chaos going on. I would not read this author again.
Published 3 months ago by Janell Haynie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book was awesome. It was completely different from anything else. The characters, the story, a great ride from beginning to end
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars from re: Witherings by A.R. Khan
When you have a score to settle and you want it bad enough, is there anything that can keep you from it? Arthur McQueen is a psychological therapist in Duarte, California. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Coto
1.0 out of 5 stars Witherings
Well it was just ok. Mostly unbelievable to say the least. Ending COULDN'T come soon enough!!! A little on the hokey side
Published 6 months ago by Denise L Levario
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery: Witherings
Very good story with a suspensefulled ending. Keeps you in the dark until the last chapter. Some of the series of events in the apartment are a little far fetched and not that that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. K. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
A strange and highly compelling read.
Published 7 months ago by steve
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More About the Author

A.R Khan was born and currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated with a degree in Accounting and is currently working as a Project Accountant. His passion for story telling forced him to produce his first book in 2014, "Witherings", which is rapidly gaining attention for its unique premise and storytelling. A.R. Khan plans to continue his unique structure of storytelling in the fall of 2014 with "Lights".

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