SHADOWS IN THE MIST
by Maureen McMahon
From the opening page of the
book when David announces "Your father has had a terrible
accident, Suzanna," he said. "I'm afraid he's …
dead." Right on to the last Maureen M MacMahon's 'Shadows
in the Mist' will hold you in it's grasp.
"His voice had been emotionless.
The words had slipped easily from his lips, like acid over steel.
My first impulse was to laugh. The thought of Leopold Dirkston
being mortal like the rest of us was preposterous. Yet I knew
that David rarely joked, and would certainly not do so about
something as macabre as my father's death. Disbelief was quickly
replaced by horror."
Suzanna Dirkston returns to her
family home thinking her father has drowned in the pool and finds
herself caught up in an almost unbelievable tangle of murder,
marriage to a man she doesn't want to marry, drugs and intrigue.
Author McMahon brings a singular
viewpoint to her narrative as seen through the eyes of a frightened
young woman who gradually comes to realize that what she has
believed for so long regarding her family and friends may not
be exactly as she has understood. McMahon's understanding for
the complexity of life and her unclouded descriptive narrative
pull the reader into the tale.
Filled with the Erle Stanley
Gardner style deception that I so enjoy Shadows in the Mist is
a 'keep you turning the page' read. The bewilderment felt by
Suzanna is something the reader can feel. Desperation, confusion
and light romance fill the pages of this lively tale. McMahon's
talent is evident as you are caught up in this suspense filled
thriller. Highly recommended.
This native of Niles, Michigan
pursued her education in English and creative writing at Western
Michigan University. She earned an elementary teaching certification
as well as certification for teaching English/Creative Writing
at all levels. Maureen traveled to Australia, her mother's natal
home, in 1981 to visit relatives. It was there that she met her
husband, Peter and they were married in 1983. She now resides
in Wallington, on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, with Peter,
her two teenaged children, James and KatyAnne, two Labradors,
two cats, and a cockatoo.