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Sometimes our fate hinges on a single moment, a split-second decision that changes the course of our life irrevocably. In her debut novella The Trunk Key, Carolyn Nash pinpoints such a moment and weaves the fast-moving story of suspense that follows. It opens on a scene of quotidian suburban life: middle-aged Jennifer Canfield's harried morning visit to "Donut World." But on her drive, Jennifer's day ends up swerving in an unforeseen direction, and ends up on a terrifying chase that leads from the wide boulevards of town to the dusty, empty outskirts of the Central Valley. Along the highways and dirt roads, California's sloping, sun-drenched hills form such a vivid and persistent presence they seem a protective force against the enemies that Jennifer will be forced to battle--both outside of and inside of herself--before the day is out. It's rare that a newcomer to the suspense genre appears so fully formed, showcasing characters so rich and complex. At heart, the real journey Jennifer takes here is psychological, and her quiet yet significant triumphs will keep readers with her until the very last word. --Simone Gorrindo

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From Leland Dirks, bestselling author of ANGELO'S JOURNEY and SEVEN DOGS IN HEAVEN:
"It's happened to all of us. The eyes report an image to the brain. The brain processes the image and declares it impossible. Yet, sometimes, the heart eavesdrops and begs to be heard.

In this roller coaster of a novel, Ms. Nash's protagonist--overweight, underconfident, and maternal--is nearly rammed by an old sedan. As she breathes a sigh of relief at the near miss, the offending vehicle's trunk pops open for a split second, and she sees--or thinks she sees--a tiny hand and a shock of blonde hair.

Listening to her heart, against the advice of her brain, Jen takes off on an adventurous chase on California backroads where more than the story of the chase is hidden.

Ms. Nash masterfully sets the stage, sculpts believable characters, and sets them free on the page to discover whether their heads or their hearts are more reliable allies in this fight between good and evil.

Your heart wants you to read this book. Before you've turned very many pages, your brain will be glad, too."

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  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KTAN5G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My first published book, Raising Abel, is the true story of raising my son, who I adopted out of foster care. To protect his privacy, I took the pen name Carolyn Nash. I have kept the name for my fiction because I've found I rather like staying in the background.

Each time someone reads one of my books, it seems like a small miracle. I've written stories for years, never truly believing that they would be read by anyone but family or friends. It's truly an honor when someone chooses one of these books with the name Carolyn Nash on the cover. Thank you, all of you who have, and know that I appreciate it more than I can say.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By P. Irvin on March 17, 2012
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I read this book in one sitting. While it's a fast read, it is not an easy one. There is a depth to the story that, while unspoken in words, is breathed into the spirit as the layers of the story fold back. The main characters are all likeable people, except, of course, the bad guy. One thing that stood out to me was the author's handling of the bad guy. Although he is present, not much time is wasted in delving into who he is, which in the end seems to make him that much more evil.

The story is one of a kidnapping, the chase, the wounded soul of the protagonist, and her unlikely partner in rescue. I fully enjoyed the book. It made for a great Sunday afternoon read.

Thanks go out to the author, Carolyn Nash, for such a good story. She has written another book, Raising Abel, which I also intend to read.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Patricia J. Mills on April 14, 2012
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I found this in the kindle store last night, purchased it, and read it without leaving my chair. It is the best short piece I have read in a long time and kept me reading until the end. I do hope this author will write more!!! Also, I would like to say that it is refreshing to find a piece of short fiction amoung the singles. I would certainly buy more of this type of shotr story. Unlike many of them, this had depth and made sense.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 14, 2012
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Single mom Jennifer Canfield's day started out like most any other weekday - a short commute to work, with a stop for a diet-busting chocolate donut. Little did she know that before the day was done she would experience a gamut of emotions, including anger, bitterness, fear, and just perhaps some inklings of a better life to come.

"The Trunk Key" was a suspenseful story of a wild and deadly cross-country pursuit that began simply enough with a good citizen trying to do her civic duty, but soon escalated into a life or death situation. The story was well written, with two likable, sympathetic characters who by chance found themselves thrown together in a mission to prevent a great evil from occurring, an evil that brought back extremely painful memories to one of them.

Proofreading could have been better. I found a few typos, but not enough to be distracting.

With 1,960 Kindle locations, "The Trunk Key" was the length of a short novella.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joan M Childs on March 30, 2012
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Its been awhile since I enjoyed a book that made me so eager to get to the next page. I read most of this book while waiting at the doctor's office, and it made a very long wait go by quickly. The great dialog and edge-of-your-seat suspense will keep your interest and you'll find yourself finishing this book wishing for more. I love that Ms. Nash's protagonist is not a twenty-something beauty queen.The fact that she could be your next door neighbor makes her easy to like and identify with.The story is set in the rugged hills above California's San Joaquin Valley and the author is obviously familiar with the area.She uses great description to provide a compelling backdrop for Jenny's predicament. When circumstances beyond her control throw Jenny into a life or death situation, she follows her conscience and tries to do the right thing. It leads her to a dangerous adventure and unexpected romance. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast paced thrill ride lined with an underlying message of hope.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By teachert on April 27, 2012
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I absolutely loved this short story! I immediately identified with the main character and couldn't wait to get home from work to continue reading. It is very well-written and flows naturally. I usually can't handle anything involving children in harm's way, but this gave me only hope and good feelings, although it was suspenseful enough to have me biting my nails the entire time! I will recommend it to everyone I know. I don't understand the two negative reviews. There are only a few curse words, and seriously, if a madman has kidnapped a child and is shooting at you, some choice words are going to fly no matter how holy you are! The character's thoughts about the crazy situation were exactly what a normal middle-class American woman would have been feeling. I will be looking for other books by this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By esldonna on March 29, 2012
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This book will make you question yourself. What would I do if I saw something I wasn't sure I saw, but my instincts told me I was right. Well, Ms. Nash will make you think about this for a few extra days.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By rachelm on May 15, 2012
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The basic premise of the story is fine: car chase, bad guy, rescue mission, blah blah blah. The problem lies in the writing: it reads as though Carolyn Nash spent $150 on a Creative Writing for Adults weekend seminar at the airport Marriott. She spat some words out onto a page, tossed in a little "romantic" "tension" (quotes added to emphasize the silliness), high-fived the "Hang in there, baby!" kitten poster over her desk, and called it a day.

The dialogue is forced and confusing: more than once, I found myself tracing backward through conversations to figure out who was speaking. The interactions between Jennifer (the protagonist) and the rest of the characters are stilted; it reads as though Ms. Nash is taking cues from her favorite sitcoms. Quite a bit of filler is injected into the story, when what it really needs is actual development. Leaving things to the reader's imagination is fine; substituting drivel for development and resolution is not.

I read this on a plane ride; it was such a disappointment that I found myself shutting it off and voluntarily talking to my seatmate for the rest of the flight. If that's not a hallmark of a terrible in-flight read, I don't know what is.
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