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.
|Author Kathryne Arnold|
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.
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Reader Review . . .
Samantha and Todd have a comfortable life as owners of a wellness retreat in Florida. Everything is going well until someone from Samantha's past turns their lives upside down. The key to the mystery is in the DSM, the diagnostic tool Samantha used for years in her mental health career.
This is a gripping psychological thriller; not so much a whodunit as a "will he do it and get away with it?". While it is a fascinating read, with its prolific use of profanity and some graphic violence, it may be a bit much for some readers. If you can handle it, you will find it to be difficult to put down.
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