When a serial killer breaks into the home of bestselling author, Sage Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff. Sage buries secrets from that night–secrets she swears to take to her deathbed.
Three years of anguish and painful memories pass, and a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller torments Sage–she can’t outrun the past.
When Sage’s twin sister suddenly goes missing, Sage searches Niko’s case files and discovers similarities to the Boston killer. A sadistic psychopath is preying on innocent women, marring their bodies in unspeakable ways. And now, he has her sister.
Cryptic clues. Hidden messages. Is the killer hinting at his identity? Or is he trying to lure Sage into a deadly trap to end his reign of terror with a matching set of corpses?
“Sue Coletta’s writing style is bold. It’s riveting. It prickles your skin, then sears it. It embeds fear deep in your mind. You are no longer the reader. You are in the story yourself. Her words carry the impact of pistol shots. Her dialogue would make Raymond Chandler proud. The story warms your heart, then threatens to rip it out.” ~ Caleb Pirtle, bestselling author of Secrets of the Dead and 59 other titles
“Marred is a roller-coaster thrill ride that alternates points of view between Sage’s first person and Niko and Frankie’s third person. I can’t wait to see what happens next.” ~ Paul Dale Anderson, author of Instruments of Death series
“Any fan of crime fiction is going to love this debut from Sue Coletta, especially if you like them dark and twisted. It reminded me of Silence of the Lambs in a pastoral setting. Read it!” ~ Peter Hogenkamp, book reviewer and author
“MARRED is a wonderful dark, disturbing ride from beginning to end”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Mae Clair
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!
About the Author
I love all things crime. Give me a menacing serial killer, a grisly murder, or a complex mystery and I’m hooked. I’ve always been fascinated by how the criminal mind works. Which is why I write crime novels.
MARRED, psychological thriller/mystery, is slated for release November 11, 2015, rep’d by Tirgearr Publishing. If you subscribe to my (non-existent, for now) newsletter, you’ll receive a FREE copy of
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In the past I’ve written children’s books–a dozen or more–for friends’ children to enjoy, not for publication. Now that I have granddaughters of my own I may have to resurrect one or two. Yup, you read that right. I have grandchildren, even at my tender age of–
I write full-time and start each morning relaxing with a good book. When asked, I am always happy to help other writers, if time permits. After all, I truly believe when one of us succeeds we all do. The writing community is a rare, wonderful, supportive group, and I consider myself blessed to walk among them.