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Marred by [Coletta, Sue]
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 "Marred is a nail-biting serial killer thriller that, once started, was hard to put down. You immediately feel drawn to the protagonist, Sage Quintano, who writes books about crime for a living and has experienced a horrendous crime herself. A vicious assault has left her struggling with everyday life. Her marriage to Niko, a homicide detective, is suffering as a result of the experience and because of secrets she has been keeping from him. Moving to a rural area in order to heal and rebuild their lives, Niko takes on the position of sheriff and becomes involved in the search for a serial killer who leaves his female victims' bodies marred and displayed in a gruesome manner. Then Sage's twin sister disappears, and everything suggests that Sage's assailant has followed her from Boston to New Hampshire to finish what he started years ago.

Told from Sage's first person point of view and alternating with chapters in the third person from Niko's and Frankie's (the deputy sheriff) viewpoints, Marred
is an intense and suspenseful thriller. The vivid descriptions of the settings and the information on the forensics were fascinating. This author knows her stuff and has a very engaging style of writing and creating dialogue. I enjoyed the different points of view and particularly liked Frankie, Niko's deputy, whose viewpoint introduced a slightly lighter side to an otherwise very dark and scary story. I enjoy thrillers that surprise me and Sue Coletta has definitely managed that with the unpredictable turns and developments that I did not see coming. The ending left potential for a sequel, and I will certainly seek out future publications by this author."  ~  Petra Ayling for Readers' Favorite 

From the Author

I write what I love to read, like most authors. As a reader there's nothing better than being on the edge of my seat...wondering, who committed the crime?...and trying to solve complex puzzles about grisly murders before the detective does. As such, I imbued my stories with these elements. I spend countless hours of research before starting to write, which is one of my favorite parts of the process. Learning about forensics, investigations, what happens to the body after death, the mind of a killer--these things fascinate me. I have the best job in the world! My focus, however, is always on you, the reader. My hope is that you'll enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoyed writing them. Because if it weren't for you, dear reader, I wouldn't get to live my dream.


~ Sue

Product Details

  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (November 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015OTRZXQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For three years mystery author Sage Quintano and her sheriff husband, Niko, are shells of their former selves. A brutal knife attack against Sage caused a miscarriage, a permanent scar on her jugular and knee damage. When Niko went after the assailant, he caught a bullet to the shoulder which flairs up, but his biggest problem is like hers, the emotional devastation. They moved from Boston to a small town in New Hampshire and did not leave a forwarding address. Sage answers the phone and recognizes the voice of the masked man who attacked her and guesses that leaving a phone number with a hospital led him to her. The brute asks her if she wants to live forever.
In their new town Sheriff Niko Quintano investigates a murder in a barn. He has to put up with associates and underlings of the country bumpkin variety. His partner Frankie has no professionalism, but his ex-military new addition, Ben Matthews, takes orders. The MO is similar with cigarette burns to an eighteen-year-old’s feet. Breasts and eyes were removed with black threads in X’s sewn in skin. A pulley system was used to hang the bloody, decomposed body as if she is a flying angel in the barn. The killer does not necessarily have to be strong because the pulley system offers a mechanical advantage.
Sage recognizes the clues when “her husband’s heart breaks” and decides to snoop in his briefcase. Confronted by Niko who sees papers from his file strewn about, Sage offers to help. They joke about “the kids” not telling. The kids are their dogs, a mastiff and Rottweiler. During that morning Sage and Niko bond over the case, but he doesn’t want her involved. When Sage receives a phone call from the serial killer telling her he has her twin sister, Chloe, she draws upon every shred of strength.
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I once wrote a short story that scared my single English teacher so much that she admitted not being able to get to sleep, imagining somebody breaking in to her apartment. I thought that was funny, and I laughed. Well… karma is a bitch. I just finished reading MARRED, and, boy; did I ever get my come-uppance! It’s hard to read when you’re peeking through your fingers! :D

Excellent book!
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Marred, by Sue Coletta, is an exceptional debut novel. Sage Quintano and her disturbing past draw you right into the story from the beginning, keeping your heart racing from page to page. The main characters, Sage and her sheriff husband Niko, are very well fleshed out, as are the secondary characters—Frankie Capanelli’s attitude adds a real spark of freshness to the dialog.
Jumping from first to third person POV took a little getting use to, but it works. If you like edge-of-the-seat thrillers wrapped in a thick cloak of suspense, this is the book for you. A steady pace, unique plot twists, and an alarming conclusion all add up to a great read.
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I have to be honest, I know the author via facebook. However, I enjoyed this book very much, independently of our friendship. She does a good job of creating realistic characters and giving them depth. If you like mystery-thrillers, I believe you will enjoy this story.
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MARRED is a wonderful dark, disturbing ride from beginning to end. Sage Quintano is still emotionally shattered from a brutal assault that occurred three years earlier. Now, having relocated to rural New Hampshire with her husband, Niko, she’s hoping to put the past behind her. But as the wife of the local sheriff, that’s not easy to do. Especially when her twin sister vanishes and a string of grisly crimes resurrects more than a few restless demons of the past.

Sue Coletta delivers a strong debut novel that will keep fans of psychological thrillers and crime fiction riveted to the page. Her scenes are vivid, the crime scene details clearly well-researched, and the plot one that will keep you guessing right up until the end. Her characters are people the reader can easily relate to, right down to the flaws and scars many of them carry. Perhaps that’s why the story feels so intense—a roller-coaster ride of suspense as the reader becomes caught up in the looming presence of evil. The scenes when Sage imagines her stalker lurking outside are particularly strong.

As someone who enjoys everything from detective fiction to mysteries and thrillers, this book kept me turning pages well into the night. You won’t be disappointed!

*I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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I liked it but I discovered some personal idiosyncrasies that made for a bumpy read: I found it jarring, switching from first person point of view to third person (protagonist being the former and everyone else the latter). I'm comfortable with switching POVs from one character to another in third person but not between first and third, evidently. There were some other issues as well, not worth mentioning. But if you like the Criminal Minds TV show and some horror/suspense stories, you will probably like this as well.
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I learned about Marred after following Sue at her website where she writes some really unique stuff about crime. While she's a first time author, I was pretty darned impressed at how solid her writing was.

The core characters felt real. That's a big deal for me when reading a book from a debut novel. The plot was structured just right (and I'm a huge fan of story structure). Sue's writing had a strong voice, too.

Definitely give this book a shot. I also recommend you check out to the author's website if you enjoy unique stories about crime, mystery, murder and more.
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