Monday Book Review: Children of the Fog


Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Amazon Book Description:

YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO MAKE A DECISION: Let A Kidnapper Take Your Child, Or Watch Your Son Die. Choose!

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.

My Take

Fast paced, believable characters with depth

Cheryl Tardif does an amazing job creating places that one can actually see in their mind’s eye as they read.  Few writers can achieve such master mindedness-from the chunky, modern neighborhood to the bucolic countryside with cabins that have no modern conveniences at all.  Setting is a character itself, especially the house where Sadie’s son is kidnapped. Around the corner, near the window, down the stairs–you’re right there as Sadie struggles.

Other people in her orbit, are her best friend with two faces that betrays her trust and her philandering husband with no morals, in his business life or personal life. Their marriage is barely hanging on to a thread and crashes head-on with their son’s kidnapping. Cheryl shows exactly what happens when interpersonal communications break down with two people in a crisis.  She handles the hurt, anger, lashing out beautifully.

When Sadie runs away to the countryside, she shows how people are capable of helping someone at their worst downtrodden. Need some coffee and wifi? Head to my brother’s place in the next town over.  Need firewood? Ask your neighbor for some.

Even the neighborhood children that Cheryl writes are out of this world.

I would give Children of the Fog a hearty 5-stars.

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