She had survived, but she is still held captive. Of her memories, her loneliness, her delusions. But are they truly delusions?
The survivor of a college dorm massacre, a woman accused of her lover's murder, Madeline Hewitson is haunted by ghosts and tormented by a killer only she can see. At night she works, writing and drawing the monster that slithers through her imagination and living in fear of those moments when the doors of her mind unhinge and her nightmare lives in the daylight.
A seasoned military veteran, Jacob Denisov lives alone in his small darkened home, sleepless, starving, and angry. Every day he lives with the guilt that comes from his own failures and the carnage that followed. When neighbor Madeline Hewitson drives her car through the front wall of his house, she breaks his house - and his life - wide open. Forced to view the world outside, Jacob watches Maddie, recognizes a kindred spirit, and wonders what she fears more than herself. Has someone caught her in a twisted labyrinth of revenge and compassion, guilt and redemption, murder and madness?
When Maddie's imaginary killer takes form, she fights back. But will she be strong enough to triumph, or is the killer she fears no more than a shadow, an illusion...that watches?
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While I didn't read the print version, I have read a number of Ms. Dodd's books. This particular book lends itself extremely well to an audio format, as the pacing is terrific.
I was kept guessing for a long, long time. And it kept me company during a snowy 10 hour drive across Washington State, over 2 mountain passes. And, since I wasn't quite done when I arrived home, I had to finish listening to the end before I'd allow sleep to take me.
Kateri Kwinault continues to be my favorite - she's a take no prisoners character, brutally honest with herself.
Jacob Denisov's realization he had something to live for seems inextricably linked to his belief that Maddie Hewitson wasn't crazy, wasn't imagining her victimization. It seemed that proving Maddie wasn't crazy pulled him from self-loathing and into the light.
- Kindle Customer