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Children of the Fog Paperback – March 22, 2011
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"A chilling and tense journey into every parent's deepest fear." --Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church
"A nightmarish thriller with a ghostly twist, CHILDREN OF THE FOG will keep you awake...and turning pages!" --Amanda Stevens, author of The Restorer
"Reminiscent of The Lovely Bones, Cheryl Kaye Tardif weaves a tale of terror that will have you rushing to check on your children as they sleep." --bestselling author Danielle Q. Lee, author of Inhuman
"Ripe with engaging twists and turns reminiscent of the work of James Patterson...Children of the Fog possesses you..." --Kelly Komm, author of Sacrifice, an award-winning fantasy
About the Author
Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling Canadian suspense author. Her novels include Submerged, Divine Justice, Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, and Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls "a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart...a beautiful, haunting novel."
She is now working on her next thriller.
Cheryl also enjoys writing short stories inspired mainly by her author idol Stephen King, and this has resulted in Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (collection of shorts) and Remote Control (novelette eBook).
In 2010 Cheryl detoured into the romance genre with her contemporary romantic suspense debut, Lancelot's Lady, written under the pen name of Cherish D'Angelo.
Booklist raves, "Tardif, already a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border."
Cheryl's website: cherylktardif.com
Official blog: cherylktardif.blogspot.com
You can also find Cheryl Kaye Tardif on Facebook, Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThing, plus other social networks.
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The protagonist of this story, best selling mystery writer Sadie O'Connell suffers a number of setbacks in life starting with a crumbling marriage and including the eventual kidnapping of her only child.
Sadie's best friend bestselling romance writer Leah Winters is there by Sadie's side through the best and worst of times. As Sadie drops to her lowest mental state in life and is close to committing suicide, she finds out that her best friend Leah has kept a devastating secret from her. This secret is directly connected to the reason Sadie's son Sam completely stopped talking, for what she thought was no apparent reason.
Sadie's husband Phillip appears to be a rather successful lawyer, but has a series of affairs with other women which creates a chasm in their marriage relationship. His latest fling is with Brigitte Moreau, the newest addition to the Fleming Warner Law Offices, where Phillip practices law. When a crisis begins to develop because of some bad choices Phillip has made, his personality shows him to be an emotionally-weak and shallow- minded character.
Cheryl Tardif shows Sadie walking through life like a zombie after Sam is kidnapped and up to the point where Sadie believes he is killed. The portrayal of the protagonist at this point in the story is very palpable and commands the reader to feel compassion and empathy with this character and to identify with her suffering.
Just as Sadie decides that the events in her life are too much for her to live with, (her marriage ending, and her husband being investigated for and charged with fraud, her son kidnapped and killed) she takes matters in hand and sets out to end it all. As her plan to pull the trigger comes to fruition, Sadie starts seeing ghosts. These ghost children have something important to reveal to her, something that will give them closure and something that will tear Sadie back from the brink of hopelessness.
Readers who enjoy mystery, ghost paranormal, thrillers will enjoy reading this delectable story, but beware that there are parts in this book that make it extremely hard to put the book down and stop reading for the day.
There are all kinds of negative experiences explored in this chilling tale by Canadian author Tardif - kidnapping of your treasured child - along with alcoholism, fraud and embezzlement, adultery. All these different side stories would have been too much for some authors to keep track of but Tardif juggled all the parts and came up with a cohesive story.
The protagonist of the story, mystery author Sadie O'Connell, lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and small son. She ends up having to live through a parent's worst nightmare when Sam, her son, is kidnapped by a serial kidnapper known as The Fog.
Sadie's agony and guilt are explored in depth along with her ways of handling (or not handling) her grief. Various paranormal aspects to the story are scattered throughout the tale.
This was a quick, satisfying read with believable characters and dialogue. I enjoyed it and am now off to read Submerged, another Tardif thriller.
Unfortunately, some of Sadie’s choices and actions made it difficult for me to really connect with her as a character. At times I felt sympathetic towards her, other times she was the type of character I love to hate, and on more than one occasion, I found her completely frustrating. I don’t need to like or respect characters to appreciate them, but the inconsistency was hard for me to deal with.
Issues with Sadie aside however, I really enjoyed the psychological thriller part of the story – it was written with the perfect amount of suspense, and the strong sense of not knowing if it was the character losing the plot, or everyone around her, which for me is the mark of a strong psychological thriller.
The horror and paranormal aspects I found rather gripping, although I wouldn’t personally class much of the story at all as horror, the paranormal aspect is much more prominent, and also a little more convincing.
Children of the Fog isn’t a perfect book, but it is the kind of book that I found easy to lose myself in – I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and I was pretty much captivated the whole way through. It’s just a shame that Sadie was so inconsistent for me.
The book starts out great with an intriguing cliff-hanger prologue that takes place in the future. Then, it goes downhill fast from there. Here's some of the worst parts about this book:
- The protagonist (Sadie) makes completely irrational or illogical decisions, when she's portrayed as someone with some intelligence.
- Sometimes a drastic event will happen, and a few paragraphs later the characters appear to interact with each other normally.
- The dialogue, especially the "banter" between friends Sadie and Leah looks like it could scripted in a bad Lifetime movie.
- The "paranormal" parts of this book feels like it was crammed in to conveniently explain away all the plot holes in the story
- I could go on, but I don't want to waste any more of time thinking about this book!