Debra Hamilton confronts the fear of inheriting mental illness when her husband moves her into a hundred-year-old farmhouse on fifty-three acres of blacklisted real estate property. Floorboards creak when she’s alone. Objects appear and disappear. Neighbors insinuate the house is haunted but memories of her mother’s schizophrenia make her wonder. Julie, a neighbor who befriends Debra, faces her own fears when a stalker starts sending perverted anonymous letters that cause a rift in Julie’s unstable marriage. Their plots merge as their friendship grows to create a rich and satisfying story. “Intelligence, as well as emotion, drives this novel. A taut thriller rich with lurid details yet also an evocation of vividly real and compelling characters.” –Mark Spencer, author of A Haunted Love Story, The Weary Motel, The Masked Demon, and Trespassers.
” Engaging Mystery Thriller”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Karen Ruggiero
I’m a huge fan of mystery thrillers, and this one did not disappoint at all. Debra and Julie have grown closer to each other due to their needs for mutual support during trying times. They encounter flashbacks of their terrifying pasts, along with facing the horrors of their present times. The characters have to stick together in order to come out strong.
This was a pretty quick read, and author Christine Benedict really knocked it out of the park, in my opinion. Sure, it is a little different from other mystery thriller novels, but that’s what makes it so unique and engaging. I really did not encounter any slow points to this novel, it flew by. In all honestly, I didn’t want it to end.
The two main characters are very intriguing, and I felt as if I was part of the story with them. Great novel, will definitely read more by this author.
About the Author
Anonymous is a finalist for the 2015 First Horizon Award http://www.hofferaward.com
A Finalist for the 2015 Indie Book Awards – First Novel (over 80,000 words) http://www.indiebookawards.com
A Finalist for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award Short List http://www.hofferaward.com
And The US Review of Books posted Anonymous as First Runner-up in E-Book Fiction http://www.theusreview.com/USRhoffer.html#grand
Christine studied creative writing at Baldwin Wallace University and Cleveland State University. Her short stories have been finalists for Perigee Publication for the Arts and The Fish Short Story Prize.