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
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."