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Children of the Fog PDF, ePub eBook 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 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.

30 review for Children of the Fog

  1. 4 out of 5

    Beret

    Read this only if you are sick in bed and fall asleep every other minute.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Reynaldo

    Note: The basis of this review is limited. Although the author has forwarded me their complete manuscript, I have refrained from further reading because the book lacks a particular element in its writing. All grades are based on honest evaluations and will be supplemented by a couple of examples to prove my point. Children of the Fog By Cheryl Kaye Tardiffe Cold Honest Truth: The style of this book drives me crazy! OVERALL RATING: C+ Between the prologue and the first chapter, I truly thought you ha Note: The basis of this review is limited. Although the author has forwarded me their complete manuscript, I have refrained from further reading because the book lacks a particular element in its writing. All grades are based on honest evaluations and will be supplemented by a couple of examples to prove my point. Children of the Fog By Cheryl Kaye Tardiffe Cold Honest Truth: The style of this book drives me crazy! OVERALL RATING: C+ Between the prologue and the first chapter, I truly thought you had an interesting premise, as if the story was a playoff from the horror movie, Children of the Corn. This idea of itself is not bad; however, due to its lack of subtlety I was forced me to put the book down and say no to ever wanting to positively promote the book on any particular website. Though I had a good outlook on the concept itself initially, the impression that I am now left with is more concerned about how much cornier the book could ever become where I to read it any further. CHARACTERIZATION: C- I was more annoyed and dissatisfied with the amount of time spent on giving the plot away within the first two chapters. Again, this is one of the reasons why I did not bother to give you a better grade than you deserved. Sadie, Leah, Sam, Philip, Victor, Jessie, and Alexia are far too many characters to introduce in the first scene. Normally, a fiction book limits the character settings to at least four, not seven, eight, or ten at once. The other thing that made the work problematic was the paces taken to introduce the characters. If you consider inserting block paragraphs about each physical descriptions of your characters good pace, than you have a lot more to work on beside the characterization. When I initially decided to write my first novel, I thought along similar lines, until I realized that the reader would be turned off with these descriptive lists. So instead of putting up the character profile within a paragraph, I wound up rewriting a lot of these scenes with occasionally inserting particular physical traits in different areas where it would best seem to fit in. You don’t always have to tell me that Philip is an impatient man or that Leah was attractive. Usually, there are things that you can do to show these types of elements in your character. This technique is what most writers would call show vs. tell. If you are going to seriously write anything about character, you really ought to delve into these topics before making flat. I would also like to add that the story does not really offer enough transition between scenes and character introductions to create type of interest for me to read the book. RHYTHM/DIALOGUE: D In this department, the book can use what one would call a complete makeover. The dialogue contained nothing but ornery conversations between two women in a toy store ranging from toy choices to hot sexy men at a strip club. If there is going to be small talk in the book, I would really like to see the conversations take off in a direction that would give away ‘subtle clues’ to what’s going to happen next. Before I continue discussing the overuses of clichés and dramatic pauses, there is one other point I would like to make about dialogue. QUIT CUSSING. Even though you might think I’m saying this because of my ‘Christian Values’, the primary reason is cusses lose its effect over time. Like all other works of fiction, overusing a word becomes a nuisance when someone discovers that the author has a ‘pet word’ they like to use. Like I said above, the redundancy of the book was too much for me to handle, especially when you peppered the book with dramatic clauses within the prologue. If it is all that necessary to put an introduction to the book for some reason other than providing background information, then trash the prologue. I did not find anything useful from the introduction other than learning that it was about some woman who was ready to kill herself. Another that I found to be quite irritating was the overuse of the dialogue vocabulary. Snicker, grin, grin, snicker, grin, snicker, and snort are not words that need to be mentioned almost every other sentence, and that is one of the other reasons I would not recommend others to read this book. Was I to have a dollar every time a pet word was repeated just for ‘effectual purposes’ then I would have enough money to make myself a multimillionaire. ‘She was ready to die. If she did it right. Sam’s sweet fact stared back at her, smiling. It was almost midnight. Gong… Almost time. Gong…’ Yeah, that’s probably the best I can do to summarize the plot-line from the prologue; it sounds that boring. If you were to cut down the use with the amount of pauses you use in the prologue (the extremely short sentences), I am sure you would do well to get this book to look far better than writing something that over heightens the tension in the scenes. Cover Design: A+ Great job, enough said. Formatting: No Grade Overall Grade: C

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    For us by us if us in question are soccer moms. Or maybe that's offensive to soccer moms. This kidnapping chikclit thriller reads like something aimed at a the least demanding of the audiences (apparently plentiful based on other reviews and the author's inexplicable popularity). Tardif makes it readable enough, but that's the only thing it has going for it. Otherwise it's a trite bunch of rubbish with a paper thin plot, paper thin and just as dimensioned characters and one predictable from a mi For us by us if us in question are soccer moms. Or maybe that's offensive to soccer moms. This kidnapping chikclit thriller reads like something aimed at a the least demanding of the audiences (apparently plentiful based on other reviews and the author's inexplicable popularity). Tardif makes it readable enough, but that's the only thing it has going for it. Otherwise it's a trite bunch of rubbish with a paper thin plot, paper thin and just as dimensioned characters and one predictable from a mile away plot twist after another. There isn't a single interesting, original or unusual thing about this unthrilling thriller about a mother on a desperate quest to find her child's kidnapper (or kill herself, those are seriously the options) and get this...she is guided in this quest by Fate. Yes, neither the author not her character were smart enough to actually do some investigative work, so they settled for a that hokey of a premise aided at times by (possibly) ghostly children. Cheesy, pandering inanity of book from Koontz' school of stupid. Quick enough of a read, but isn't worth that or any time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hall

    I ordered this book because I saw the five star ratings and then I read the reviews and thought, "What was I thinking? This isn't my kind of book. The heroine is one of those princess's who lets someone else run their life and then whines about how unhappy they are with the outcome. I'll hate this." I'd already bought it, so I started reading the story knowing I was going to quit somewhere between chapters one and five. I didn't stop. I barely set the book down and only skimmed one chapter. The w I ordered this book because I saw the five star ratings and then I read the reviews and thought, "What was I thinking? This isn't my kind of book. The heroine is one of those princess's who lets someone else run their life and then whines about how unhappy they are with the outcome. I'll hate this." I'd already bought it, so I started reading the story knowing I was going to quit somewhere between chapters one and five. I didn't stop. I barely set the book down and only skimmed one chapter. The writing is fantastic. At the end of the story I still didn't like the main character and that did not keep me from finishing and enjoying the book. I got weepy at one point even. I don't understand the rationale behind being able to see Sam but happy to accept it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    So far, it's pretty lame. The writing is horrible, but that's what I get for a free lending library book on my Kindle. I think I'll probably end up liking the story since I'm all into cheesy Sci-Fi, mystery weirdo stuff, but I'm not expecting literary genius by any means... UPDATE: Ugh...I finished it, but gained nothing by it. It was predictable, cheesy and careless. I hate being so harsh, but it's the honest truth. Time wasted.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was one of those books that you start reading and think "oh, I'm not gonna enjoy this", but then without noticing you are hooked. You know the kind of book I mean right? On the surface this book is about missing children and a woman struggling with the death of a marriage. But in reality the story is much deeper. It helps that the main character Sadie is so likeable. On the whole this is a well written story with an enjoyable plot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Hilborne

    Children of the Fog is a suspenseful mystery. When Sadie O'Connell's six-year-old son, Sam is kidnapped, her already crumbling world disintegrates. The Fog has already abducted 7 other young children, none of whom have been found. Unknown to anyone else, Sadie saw the face of the abductor, information she cannot share with the police if she wants any chance of recovering her son alive. The Fog has threatened to send her son back to her in little, bloody pieces if she reveals his face. To preserve Children of the Fog is a suspenseful mystery. When Sadie O'Connell's six-year-old son, Sam is kidnapped, her already crumbling world disintegrates. The Fog has already abducted 7 other young children, none of whom have been found. Unknown to anyone else, Sadie saw the face of the abductor, information she cannot share with the police if she wants any chance of recovering her son alive. The Fog has threatened to send her son back to her in little, bloody pieces if she reveals his face. To preserve her own sanity, and come to terms with the terrifying decision she makes, she draws a picture of The Fog and files it away. Struggling with her loss, and battling a history of alcoholism, every day is torturous for this successful career woman. Her adulterous husband is far less than supportive and Sadie is barely hanging on. This good and loving mother is almost destroyed by the guilt over the decisions she made regarding her son. Then her husband discovers the picture she drew of the abductor, and Sadie's life takes a far darker turn. Police begin to doubt her and question her reasons for keeping such a vital clue hidden. Her grief mounts with the knowledge The Fog will find out and make good on his threat. Then the most horrifying things happen and Sadie teeters on the brink of insanity. Children of The Fog is filled with tense scenes that give the reader chills. The weaknesses and flaws in the characters make them human and believable, fragile yet strong in the face of their most challenging moments. They make mistakes and move on, refuse to give up or give in. The story contains a paranormal element, which is both horrifying and heartbreaking. Children of The Fog is filled with evil, compassion, struggles, strengths, loss and love. The story moves at a good pace and is engaging throughout. The kindle version ends at 90%, the last 10% filled with info about the author and additional works, which is a little disappointing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    On the night before Sam's sixth birthday, he is kidnapped, while his mother watches in terror. Grabbed by a mysterious man called The Fog, the name Sam's mother Sadie calls him, he threatens to kill Sam and send him back in bloody pieces if she describes him or what happened to the police, so Sadie tells only that she found Sam missing. But she does draw his picture, writes down what happened, and hides it all. Meanwhile, Sadie's marriage to Philip has fallen apart over a period of time, and acti On the night before Sam's sixth birthday, he is kidnapped, while his mother watches in terror. Grabbed by a mysterious man called The Fog, the name Sam's mother Sadie calls him, he threatens to kill Sam and send him back in bloody pieces if she describes him or what happened to the police, so Sadie tells only that she found Sam missing. But she does draw his picture, writes down what happened, and hides it all. Meanwhile, Sadie's marriage to Philip has fallen apart over a period of time, and actions he takes in the ensuing weeks cements the fracture between them. In how many ways does Philip betray Sadie and their family? What actions will she take to move beyond the tragedy of her son's loss? Hiding away in a cabin called Infinity, near a small town with an array of unusual people, Sadie is visited by strange shadowy images that seem to be real children. She calls them "Children of the Fog." Ultimately, she is led to a discovery that brings unexpected closure and a wonderfully surprising resolution. Tardif's characters are believable and flawed. I love that about them. Sadie's defining characteristics include her fierce protectiveness of her child, but beneath the surface lies her alcohol addiction, which she must fight on a daily basis. Sometimes these issues arise to defeat her, but in the end, her motherhood trumps everything. I wasn't sure if the "children" Sadie meets were real or imagined, but eventually, their role in Sadie's life made sense. The experience was both mystical and life-affirming. I will not forget this story, for which I must grant five stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    April

    CHILDREN OF THE FOG by Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an interesting supernatural/paranormal suspense. It is well written depth and details. The characters are engaging and believable. It has murder, suspense, some supernatural elements,ghosts,kidnapped children,love,secrets,betrayal,a mother's love, an ex-soldier,a killer's demented evil,fate,with twists and turns you want see coming. When Sadie O'Connell's young son is kidnapped by a demented man called "Fog" she is tormented by the kidnapper. Who send CHILDREN OF THE FOG by Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an interesting supernatural/paranormal suspense. It is well written depth and details. The characters are engaging and believable. It has murder, suspense, some supernatural elements,ghosts,kidnapped children,love,secrets,betrayal,a mother's love, an ex-soldier,a killer's demented evil,fate,with twists and turns you want see coming. When Sadie O'Connell's young son is kidnapped by a demented man called "Fog" she is tormented by the kidnapper. Who sends pieces of her precious little boy to her. He has already kidnapped seven other children. Sadie is always dealing with an adulterous husband and a strained marriage.As the secrets continue,she has ideas of her own. Sadie leaves for a small cabin in the mountains,where she has her own plans to be with her son,who she believes is dead.What she finds is danger,a small village,questioning her sanity,losing her sobriety,and finding answers she never expected.This is a fast paced story of a mother's love,her sacrifice and protection at all costs for her child,what ifs,and should haves and friendships.A must read with supernatural/paranormal elements,full of suspense and a women who learns that the truth is not always what it seems.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author. Details can be found at Imajin Books and My Book Addiction and More.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Solon Hosophos

    Though I am not the usual crime reader, this book made me change my mind. Starting with a much too realistic family in emotional and mental distress, the scene developed into an abduction crime. Though I usually dislike such themes, this book was written in a manner that I wanted to know how Sadie will come out of this and if she finishes what was indicated in the prologue. Not only the characters became people I could relate to, but also the plot developed into the mystical and paranormal. A mix t Though I am not the usual crime reader, this book made me change my mind. Starting with a much too realistic family in emotional and mental distress, the scene developed into an abduction crime. Though I usually dislike such themes, this book was written in a manner that I wanted to know how Sadie will come out of this and if she finishes what was indicated in the prologue. Not only the characters became people I could relate to, but also the plot developed into the mystical and paranormal. A mix that made it hard to put the book aside. This book made me also check on my child more frequently and keep my eyes open when we are out and about. I more often have the urge to hug my loved ones and tell them how much I love them. Cheryl Kaye Tardiff is able to write about the interlinks and emotions and insights of a family with a mute child who's love keeps the family going.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo Anne B

    There were many problems with this book starting with the main character, Sadie. I did not like her. She trapped her husband into having kids despite him telling her he didn't want any. She wonders why he cheats on her multiple times. They both change after Sam is born. She only cares for her son and he only cares for his job and affairs. Then their child is taken by a serial kidnapper The Fog. While the husband deals with legal trouble of his own, she is left feeling guilty for having witnessed There were many problems with this book starting with the main character, Sadie. I did not like her. She trapped her husband into having kids despite him telling her he didn't want any. She wonders why he cheats on her multiple times. They both change after Sam is born. She only cares for her son and he only cares for his job and affairs. Then their child is taken by a serial kidnapper The Fog. While the husband deals with legal trouble of his own, she is left feeling guilty for having witnessed The Fog take her son right in front of her. He warns her not to tell the police what he looks like or he will send pieces of Sam to her in the mail. The rest of the story is about Sadie trying to rescue her son. I do have to give the author credit for not painting everything all rosy. Bad things happen and the kidnapper is believable. It seems in most books like this the bad guy's actions are mentioned in passing but in this book Sadie deals with them head on and this makes for an interesting, suspenseful read.  The story stopped being plausible when she went to live in a cabin and started seeing and interacting with the ghosts of the kidnapped kids. There were some gruesome scenes but the premise was far fetched and not believable.  This was a fast, easy read but the writing was sub par and I didn't like or sympathize with the main character at all. I wasn't even rooting for her. She kind of made her own bed in this one. It is only just that she be the one to clean up all the mess.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary

    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 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 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    P M

    I could not stop reading this book once I started and had to finish it in a couple of days. The book is engaging and kept me captivated. The plot is not unique but the author has not let that prevent her from writing an original and gripping story line. There are no loose ends in this book, everything is neatly wrapped up. I really liked the author's pace. She paid attention to detail when required and skimmed through stuff where details didn't make too much sense. Spoiler alert ahead******* As a I could not stop reading this book once I started and had to finish it in a couple of days. The book is engaging and kept me captivated. The plot is not unique but the author has not let that prevent her from writing an original and gripping story line. There are no loose ends in this book, everything is neatly wrapped up. I really liked the author's pace. She paid attention to detail when required and skimmed through stuff where details didn't make too much sense. Spoiler alert ahead******* As a parent I could totally identify with Sadie and the deep depression she slides into after her child is abducted and feared dead. I think the author has portrayed each of Sadie's emotions perfectly. From the fears for her abducted child to the heart wrenching grief she feels when she deals with his funeral is all well portrayed. The only thing I did not like about the book was the way Sadie discovers the basement. I'm not averse to some paranormal phenomenon but I just did not buy the dead kids visiting Sadie multiple times to lead her to the basement of sarge's place. Couldn't she have stumbled upon it any other way? Maybe not, that would perhaps have not been as thrilling and engaging!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Let's start with the summary: 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. Let's start with the summary: 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. There are so many great things about this story. When Sadie had to make a decision to let this man take her son away I read in agony. A monster is holding her precious boy in his arms, a gun to his head. Sadie has already tried to fight him, over-power him and take Sam back but she isn't physically strong enough. She can't take the gun aimed at her son out of the picture either. What a terrible choice to make even though it's not much of one anyway. Since she has seen his face, she is threatened by the kidnapper. If he sees a description of him anywhere, he will send pieces of Sam back to her. Sadie is a sober alcoholic. Sober almost seven years but her jerk of a husband accuses her of causing the kidnapping through neglect while drunk. She can't tell anyone what really happened because she would be compelled to describe the kidnapper. She is guilt-ridden by her choices and desperate to get Sam back. Enter cheating spouse who finds a drawing she did of him and suddenly she is the bad guy. Maligned in the press for withholding crucial information, taunted by her husband and falling apart she finds understanding with the lead detective on the case. This is not a budding romance kinda thing that you see in most suspense where the heroine falls for the hero. I liked it that way, there was just too much pain and fear in this story to include a budding romance. There is enough info in the summary for you to guess how things progress but you wont guess what happens. This wasn't predictable and I ate it up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Patterson

    I've been wanting to read this book for months, ever since I read the description while browsing amazon, so last night I finally bit the bullet and bought it. Of course I started reading it and then couldn't put it down, so I just finished it and it's the wee hours of the morning. This is a very engaging book. I'll be honest, I wasn't a big fan of the main character, Sadie. I understand that she's gone through a lot, but I still wanted to punch her. First, she's in a marriage with a horrible, em I've been wanting to read this book for months, ever since I read the description while browsing amazon, so last night I finally bit the bullet and bought it. Of course I started reading it and then couldn't put it down, so I just finished it and it's the wee hours of the morning. This is a very engaging book. I'll be honest, I wasn't a big fan of the main character, Sadie. I understand that she's gone through a lot, but I still wanted to punch her. First, she's in a marriage with a horrible, emotionally abusive jerk and she keeps blaming herself for his actions and the state of her marriage, then her beloved son gets kidnapped and she blames herself for that because she walked in during the abduction and the kidnapper held a gun to her son's head and said either she let him take her son or he would kill the kid. She made the only decision she could in that situation, and since the killer warned her that if she told the police, he would kill her son, she was afraid to give information to the police and cause her son's death. Withholding information from the police for weeks, she feels guilty, and even worse when the story gets out. As you might guess, the main character wallows a lot throughout the book, claiming her life isn't worth living anymore, and I've felt that way many times myself, but even when she gets opportunities to make friends and share her grief, she walks away from them. She's a frustrating character, hence me wanting to punch her, but that also means I was very emotionally involved with the story. It seems that less than halfway through the book, everything that could happen in a story like this has already happened as far as the plot is concerned, so you wonder what else could possibly happen, and that's when the book turns around on you and becomes something supernatural and spooky. It works. It reminds me of another book in a way, "Lost Boys" by Orson Scott Card, which is another book that manages to meld the supernatural with the "normal" events in a way that kept my attention and kept me reading late into the night (and early into the morning, I guess). This book is well worth checking out for mystery fans who don't mind a little otherworldly intrigue mixed with their mysteries.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    When I read the last line of the story line above, I just laughed at the words because it seemed so silly…”the fog”. However, when I read more into it, this book grew on me. It drew my attention and just kept me turning the pages, well in this case, pressing the next button on my kindle. Cheryl Kaye Tardif is great at using descriptive words to give readers clear images of the events taking place. The characters are very realistic and engaging; I was able to feel so much for the characters: ange When I read the last line of the story line above, I just laughed at the words because it seemed so silly…”the fog”. However, when I read more into it, this book grew on me. It drew my attention and just kept me turning the pages, well in this case, pressing the next button on my kindle. Cheryl Kaye Tardif is great at using descriptive words to give readers clear images of the events taking place. The characters are very realistic and engaging; I was able to feel so much for the characters: anger and frustration, sadness and despair. When Sadie had to make a decision to let this man take her son away, I read in anguish. A monster holding an innocent, precious boy in his arms, a gun to his head. Sadie has tried to fight him and try to take Sam back, but she isn’t physically strong enough. Instead, she got her ribs bruised, thrown across the room, and mocked by the so called monster nicknamed “the fog”. It was very suspenseful, captivating, and at times spooky. It held many surprises and some scenes were a bit predictable, but it’s a good feeling for the audience to feel sometimes, and there were many twists and turns in the book. I’ll admit that this book has kept me at the edge of my seat. Overall, well done thriller. I’d recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    This was an interesting story with a couple of good subtle twists. I liked the title and it fits well once you're into the story. The characters are ok. The main character Sadie is 80's horror movie predictable but that's ok. It was a good read and would give this author another chance. Sadie and Phillip have a rocky marriage to put it mildly. The one good thing out of their marriage was their son Sam. Phillip worked long and late so he could be away from the torture of being home. Sadie enjoyed This was an interesting story with a couple of good subtle twists. I liked the title and it fits well once you're into the story. The characters are ok. The main character Sadie is 80's horror movie predictable but that's ok. It was a good read and would give this author another chance. Sadie and Phillip have a rocky marriage to put it mildly. The one good thing out of their marriage was their son Sam. Phillip worked long and late so he could be away from the torture of being home. Sadie enjoyed it that way too, until one night she hears a noise in Sam's room. She peeks in and the window is open. Oh God where is Sam?..... Oh whew he's still tucked warm and cozy in his bed. She closes the window and proceeds to bed. She hears the noise again later and goes to investigate. When she opens the door she is surprised to see......pick up the book and see what happens next. It could be someone Frightening, Obscene, Gruesome.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This book had me from line one. I honestly don't think Ive ever been on such a journey with any book and Ive taken a few rides in my time.When I read I like to find a book that drags me under, one where its easy to visualise the characters and also one where the author makes you feel what they must be feeling and this book is IT, if your a suspense fan then this book has to be in your top ten must reads. The story is not what it seems and will have you on the edge of your seat and begging for ans This book had me from line one. I honestly don't think Ive ever been on such a journey with any book and Ive taken a few rides in my time.When I read I like to find a book that drags me under, one where its easy to visualise the characters and also one where the author makes you feel what they must be feeling and this book is IT, if your a suspense fan then this book has to be in your top ten must reads. The story is not what it seems and will have you on the edge of your seat and begging for answers One fine day in the middle of the night, Two dead boys got up to fight, Back-to-back they faced each other, Drew their swords and shot each other. A deaf policeman heard the noise, Got up and shot the two dead boys, If you don't believe this story's true, Ask my blind uncle, he saw it too! ~ Anonymous

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maryanne

    This is almost the worst book I have ever read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    June Ahern

    I had to think about "Children of the Fog" because I read it on my iPad. I've found doing so seems to create with me, a miss details. I had to think if I read it in a paperback would I think differently. It started out most interesting with the main character Sadie ready to commit suicide. That caught my interest. We go back to her life with her soon-to-be six-year-old son, Sam before he is kidnapped. That was okay - a bit longer than I wanted before he is actually kidnapped. I tried to put myse I had to think about "Children of the Fog" because I read it on my iPad. I've found doing so seems to create with me, a miss details. I had to think if I read it in a paperback would I think differently. It started out most interesting with the main character Sadie ready to commit suicide. That caught my interest. We go back to her life with her soon-to-be six-year-old son, Sam before he is kidnapped. That was okay - a bit longer than I wanted before he is actually kidnapped. I tried to put myself in Sadie's place to see if I'd react the same way. I did like that the author didn't bring in a lot of characters - Philip her not so nice cheating miserable to her, husband and her "I've got your back" BGF, Leah. Finally Sam goes and we enter the nightmare of a mother whose child has been kidnapped and who is hiding a dark secret. Oh, oh, thought I! This is something I just wrote in my own novel recently released - okay let's see if there's any more similarities. Going through the process of finding Sam with Philip getting to be more clearly a worse husband than before and the helpful police detective - somewhere I began to lose interest. Will blame it on the ebook version - Near halfway through I wanted to snap close my iPad. Sadie was getting lost in her grief and I, in her repetitious actions. Only, not wanting to judge, I went on. It just seemed Sadie caved too quickly and ran away and Philip - he's an attorney - just became a worse a- hole - and Sadie back to her alcoholic ways (she was before Sam's birth and while Philip already cheated on) - she is a victim and puts herself in that spot it seems, over and over again. Get on with the story, said I. Then it switched from mystery to paranormal or was that the booze and pills? I needed a drink by then to figure it out. Still, it suddenly became most interesting and I perked up. I didn't want to put it down at that later point. I wanted to know. I had to know. I would know! Who are the children of the fog!! So much gets answered at the end, the relationship of Sadie and Philip and the friend, Leah, Sadie's madness or maybe not and a creepy revelation about a child abductor. Glad I read it and would most likely read another one of this author's books. My humble thoughts. City of Redemption

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    About halfway through the book I wanted to give up, a seemingly repetitious story, been there done that, even think I saw a movie with the same storyline. Philip is the kind of husband and father that wants the world to see his perfect family and to think of him as the perfect man, but when his son goes missing the façade quickly comes down. Each year The Fog, an Edmonton serial abductor, steals into town and kidnaps one little boy and one little girl. Sadie is concerned, but not terrified since s About halfway through the book I wanted to give up, a seemingly repetitious story, been there done that, even think I saw a movie with the same storyline. Philip is the kind of husband and father that wants the world to see his perfect family and to think of him as the perfect man, but when his son goes missing the façade quickly comes down. Each year The Fog, an Edmonton serial abductor, steals into town and kidnaps one little boy and one little girl. Sadie is concerned, but not terrified since she is a good mother and prides herself in the care and attention that she dotes on her only child. After two miscarriages and a bout of alcoholism, Sadie finally has the child that she has always dreamed of and could not conceive of the idea that someone could break into their perfect world. The evening of their son’s 6th birthday party, something is not quite right, when Sadie checks on her little boy she is confronted by an intruder. Caught between begging for her son’s life and offering her own, Sadie makes a deal with the devil. She will never reveal what she knows and what she has seen least harm would come to her son. There are many jumbled parts of this story. Unimportant fragments are thrown in – who puts their house up on the market when their child is missing? Little tidbits that at the time make no sense and have the reader wondering if the author was making it up as she went, then there is a shift. The momentum changes and maybe Sadie is not crazy, maybe there are ghost children trying to guide her to their bodies and to her son. From reading the prologue, you assume you know how the story is going to end, but you will be wrong, do not be turned off from that small introduction into the world of Sadie and Sam. There is more to their story. I am not saying that what the author leaves you with is good, the storyline is too convoluted for most readers and if you are going to add in a supernatural aspect to a story, at least make it semi-believable. I would not recommend this book, some parts would need some boiling down and other sections would need a little more explain before the reader would feel comfortable with the flow and direction that this book takes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Books

    I can honestly say I was drawn in by the cover and description of this book. A child being abducted by a mysterious man only known as “The Fog”? Sign me up! The prologue didn’t really intrigue me, but when the events leading up to the abduction was explained, I was more than interested and ready to settle in for a good read. I soon realized that the characters, and especially the dialogue, lacked depth. I could easily look past the aforementioned, since I was intrigued by Sadie’s terrible marriag I can honestly say I was drawn in by the cover and description of this book. A child being abducted by a mysterious man only known as “The Fog”? Sign me up! The prologue didn’t really intrigue me, but when the events leading up to the abduction was explained, I was more than interested and ready to settle in for a good read. I soon realized that the characters, and especially the dialogue, lacked depth. I could easily look past the aforementioned, since I was intrigued by Sadie’s terrible marriage and curious as to why her six-year-old son stopped talking. However, once Sadie fled to the cabin in the woods, the story went from relatively engaging to ridiculous and over the top. The cardboard characters and weak dialogue became tedious and chapter upon chapter delving into the details of Sadie spiraling into alcoholism and seeing phantoms, turned into endless pages of monotonous reading. It all went downhill from there and around 70% into the story I rapidly lost interest and couldn’t wait for it to end. Also, there are lots and lots of telling instead of showing. I couldn’t make sense of why Sadie would voice her thoughts loudly instead of just thinking it. She was forever saying everything she was thinking out loud. It was just too much. Overall, this book started off interesting and had lots of potential. Because the author clearly didn’t put much effort into having her book read and critiqued by several proof readers, it turned out as dull and lifeless as the main character. I wouldn’t say avoid this, because it seems that many have enjoyed this book and don’t mind how it spiraled into the absurd and unbelievable, but if you have high expectations, chances are you might be disappointed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rikke

    Oh my goodness, dont know where to start. What a waste. Of everything. My time, the tree that died to make this book into print - and for the people who had to listen to me complain about how bad this book is... SO many things dont ad up in the story, the characters are not very likeable, - and you dont get surprised one single time. Have never read a book more predictable than "Children of the Fog", and hopefully I will never again come across one this bad. I could go on and on about mistakes in Oh my goodness, dont know where to start. What a waste. Of everything. My time, the tree that died to make this book into print - and for the people who had to listen to me complain about how bad this book is... SO many things dont ad up in the story, the characters are not very likeable, - and you dont get surprised one single time. Have never read a book more predictable than "Children of the Fog", and hopefully I will never again come across one this bad. I could go on and on about mistakes in this book, and the tacky cliches its full off. (A clown? Really?!! Come on! A Cheating husband, cheating with the best friend! Are you SERIOUS?!! A boy that cant talk because of a traumatic experience, but talks on the last page of the book! Dont even have words for that one!) Maybe I have used the time I was meant to use on this book - and all I have left to say is DON'T read it. Ever.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dee Walding

    Well, I am 55% thru the book and it is pretty good..Sadie a mother has had her child taken by the Fog, Police currently looking for her child Sam, She was warned if she told the police she would recieve her child back in pieces !... update: I finished the book ! I think it was pretty darn good...I don't want to ruin the book by telling how it went..looks like there is a #2 book out there..I would recommend it...enjoy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Doreena

    Holy Moly!!!! I don't even know where to start! This book draws you in from page one. You will find yourself doing the things you need to get done with this book in your hand. The suspense never lets up. Sadie is in a bad marriage with her husband Phillip, (who is messing around on her, she is a recovering alcoholic, and her son, (Sam) won't speak. There has been a rash of kidnappings and Sam is next...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I got this as a freebie as an eBook. It was the perfect one for reading on a tablet format. Easy to read, decent page turner. Not much in the way of deep, necessary-to-pay-attention plot, but the reader is led along nicely. The prologue had me intrigued as well.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Gourgon

    I JUST purchased this book and I am REALLY excited to read it. I've heard such good reviews about it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Monica Sanderson

    Ridiculously stupid. Thanks for the reminder of why I don't like mysteries.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zuany

    Not credible dialogues or situations.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    There are children being taken from their homes during a fog. One night Sadie hears a commotion in her son, Sam's, room and sees the kidnapper. He tells her if she ever tells the police what he looks like he will send her son back to her in pieces. I just didn't find the book exciting. Sadie has a bad marriage. Her husband, Philip, is an embezzler and has multiple affairs. She has a drinking problem and after Sam is kidnapped starts drinking again and seeing things. I never connected with any of There are children being taken from their homes during a fog. One night Sadie hears a commotion in her son, Sam's, room and sees the kidnapper. He tells her if she ever tells the police what he looks like he will send her son back to her in pieces. I just didn't find the book exciting. Sadie has a bad marriage. Her husband, Philip, is an embezzler and has multiple affairs. She has a drinking problem and after Sam is kidnapped starts drinking again and seeing things. I never connected with any of the characters. I didn't like Sadie. I wanted her to suck it up and get on with her life. There were twists and turns in the story but somehow to me they were expected and I was just waiting for them to happen.

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