Talion is a suspense thriller with some paranormal elements. The protagonist, Lu, sees spirits who are real to her but might or might not exist outside her mind. Their reality and motives are tested as Lu and her new friend Lisa become the target of a sadistic serial killer.
The Book has been self-published via Cantraip Press Ltd and is available as eBook and Paperback - 298 pages - released in January 2014 (eBook). The Book has received the Award: Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal Winner
About the Book
Meet Rad Sanders, the most terrifying serial killer you will ever encounter, in a thriller unlike any you have ever read...
Lu Jakes lives with her alcoholic father and abusive stepmother, Norlene, at Hidden Creek Lodge in the Utah mountains. When the beautiful Lisa is sent by her protective parents to stay at the lodge for the summer, Lu makes her first real friend - dangerously unaware that Lisa's is not the only new face at the resort.
Lisa has been followed by Rad Sanders, a sadistic killer who has plans for the girls - sick plans that will drag them and their families to the very brink of hell. Rad stalks Lu and Lisa, waiting for his moment, certain that his deadly plan cannot fail.
But unknown to Rad, Lu has a secret. She can see things that nobody else can see: the spirit Talion and his companions. But are these spirits real or a trick of the mind? And will Lu's special gift help her and Lisa as the killer closes in?
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- "A gripping and relentless novel about desperate people in a desperate world [...] The impeccable prose of Mary Maddox makes it impossible to turn away from Rad, the brutal serial killer whose insatiable hunger threatens anyone who crosses his path, and Lu, the young teenage girl who is not what she appears to be, who possesses a power that may deliver unto Rad a reckoning beyond his imagination. This dark, but beautifully rendered novel is one you do not want to miss." - Roxane Gay (author of Ayiti and An Untamed State)
- "I’ve worked with enough fiction to spoil much of my reading; unless the author is a spellbinder I become distracted, listening to the writing machinery humming or clanking. In Talion, Mary Maddox pits a sadistic sociopath against two achingly vulnerable potential victims with an effortless narrative control that kept me wide-eyed, as anxious over the outcome as in my early glory days as a reader. Next time through, Mary, I’ll figure out how you did it." - Sherwood Kiraly (Author of Diminished Capacity and Big Babies)
- "The story is propelled by suspense, and made delicious by Maddox’s Ray Bradbury-like gift for deft, deep-shadowed description[...] Those last hundred pages just about turn themselves." - Dan Hagen (Charleston Times-Courier)
- "The boundaries of the noir with its mournful, gloomy and depressive elements are pushed almost to the edge of darkness[...] Maddox skillfully creates a shocking mix of the bleak atmospheric tones of the macabre with the supernatural, while holding onto the page-turning exhilaration of a real thriller[...] one haunting read that is sure to give you nightmares!" - Norm Goldman (Book Pleasures)
About the Author
|Author Mary Maddox|
She enjoys reading, playing Scrabble, and riding her horse, Tucker. She graduated from Knox College with Honors in creative writing and received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
She taught writing for many years at Eastern Illinois University. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals and has been honored with a Writer's Grant and a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council. She is the author of the paranormal thriller Talion.
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