The DSM. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A voluminous, invaluable tool used by psychotherapists the world over to diagnose individuals with mental illness. Referenced by Samantha Clark countless times throughout her career, never suspecting that one day it would save her life.
Samantha receives a seemingly innocent but anonymous letter, and overnight her world changes forever. She becomes a victim in a frightening game of cat-and-mouse, a nightmare that begins when her boyfriend, Todd, fails to return to the wellness retreat they own in the woods of Florida. Working closely with police, Samantha and two trusted friends discover that Todd’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders occurring in a nearby county. They soon find themselves prey to a mentally ill patient from Samantha’s past, bent on revenge. With time bearing down, they must weave together the clues found in a succession of ominous letters and the DSM to save Todd. Their mission to unravel the mystery behind the kidnapping plunges them into a terrifying maze of danger, deception, and madness.
I just finished the book last night and I’m still at a loss for words.
It took me a bit longer to read than a book that I love. I prefer books that grab my attention immediately, but this one was a little slow starting out. I think it was because there was a lot of detail and background on certain characters.
I admit, I wasn’t sure the purpose of all the background, especially on certain characters, but I later learned it was valuable information.
Each chapter was from a different character’s view point and the story line really picked up about a quarter of the way through the book. Once I got the action parts, it was hard to put the book down!
As a psychology major, I had a lot of fun reading the book and overall, would rate this book a 4 out of 5.
About the Author:
Kathryne holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed mental health therapist and certified clinical hypnotherapist. Her extensive knowledge of the human experience, garnered from more than two decades in the mental health and social services fields, is reflected in The Fear of Things to Come, her second novel.