You Have 10 Seconds to Make a Decision:
Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die.
Sadie O’Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn’t just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It’s the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can’t tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in “little bloody pieces”.
When Sadie’s unfaithful husband stumbles across her drawing of the kidnapper, he sets into play a series of horrific events that sends her hurtling over the edge. Sadie’s descent into alcoholism leads to strange apparitions and a face-to-face encounter with the monster who abducted her son–a man known only as…The Fog. – Goodreads Synopsis
Children of the Fog Review
This was a surprisingly good book. Why do I say surprisingly? Well, because it’s pretty much predictable and has cardboard cutout characters. Yet, despite those two major flaws – which would bury most books – it still manages to be a gripping read. I was hooked almost immediately, and could not put it down. I did, in fact, read it in one sitting.
I don’t know what it is about Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s writing, but she’s able to suck you into the story immediately. Children of the Fog was also a very easy read. It doesn’t demand your complete attention, there’s no excessive descriptions, and words are kept small. The soap opera interactions between the characters was almost eye-roll worthy at time, yet entertaining nonetheless. The paranormal element I think is what saved it. Every time you almost went off into la-la land from the trashy daytime TV script, Sadie would see or hear something ‘off’ that would draw you right back in. It was a great balancing at – though I’m not entirely sure it was intentional.
I do have to say that the children took me by mild surprise at first. I won’t say why because it’ll completely spoil the book, but it nicely unexpected. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that particular twist on this type of story taken before, come to think of it. Children of the Fog (available on Amazon) is going to be one of those books that you either really like or really hate. I’d suggest reading a preview from Amazon’s Look Inside feature. You should be able to tell which way you’ll lean fairly quickly.