Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review - Children of the Fog

Title: Children of the Fog
Authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Publisher: Imajin Books (February 26, 2011)
Format: eBook
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Source: Amazon Digital

About halfway through the book I wanted to give up, a seemingly repetitious story, been there done that, even think I saw a movie with the same storyline.

Philip is the kind of husband and father that wants the world to see his perfect family and to think of him as the perfect man, but when his son goes missing the façade quickly comes down.

Each year The Fog, an Edmonton serial abductor, steals into town and kidnaps one little boy and one little girl. Sadie is concerned, but not terrified since she is a good mother and prides herself in the care and attention that she dotes on her only child. After two miscarriages and a bout of alcoholism, Sadie finally has the child that she has always dreamed of and could not conceive of the idea that someone could break into their perfect world.

The evening of their son’s 6th birthday party, something is not quite right, when Sadie checks on her little boy she is confronted by an intruder. Caught between begging for her son’s life and offering her own, Sadie makes a deal with the devil. She will never reveal what she knows and what she has seen least harm would come to her son.

There are many jumbled parts of this story. Unimportant fragments are thrown in – who puts their house up on the market when their child is missing? Little tidbits that at the time make no sense and have the reader wondering if the author was making it up as she went, then there is a shift. The momentum changes and maybe Sadie is not crazy, maybe there are ghost children trying to guide her to their bodies and to her son.

From reading the prologue, you assume you know how the story is going to end, but you will be wrong, do not be turned off from that small introduction into the world of Sadie and Sam. There is more to their story. I am not saying that what the author leaves you with is good, the storyline is too convoluted for most readers and if you are going to add in a supernatural aspect to a story, at least make it semi-believable.

I would not recommend this book, some parts would need some boiling down and other sections would need a little more explain before the reader would feel comfortable with the flow and direction that this book takes.

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